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The Lines of Inspiration

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017  On October 4, 2017, the exhibition The Lines of Inspiration by Alexei Utkin and GaBo sisters (Galiya and Balkhiya Kussainovs), will be opened to the public at the Central Exhibition Hall (Zheltoksan Str., corner Dzhambul Str.) of the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts. The display will consist of the latest 50 art works by the artists, including landscapes, still lifes, symbolic paintings, linocuts and contemporary art work Plays of Feelings.

On October 4, 2017, the exhibition The Lines of Inspiration by Alexei Utkin and GaBo sisters (Galiya and Balkhiya Kussainovs), will be opened to the public at the Central Exhibition Hall (Zheltoksan Str., corner Dzhambul Str.) of the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts. The display will consist of the latest 50 art works by the artists, including landscapes, still lifes, symbolic paintings, linocuts and contemporary art work Plays of Feelings

The line is one of the crucial elements of all these art works – in the creation of the image, implied movement, formation of the space plans.

The line is a language of graphics, but it became a leading element in latest Utkin’s and GaBo’s works, and maybe that’s why they call their works “graphical paintings”. GaBo’s new works The Tide of Life, First Grandchild, Honeymoon, Harvest have something in common with created earlier by them Kazakh Motives Series, but here binary depiction prevails – black and sienna, black and blue and others.

The works of Kazakh Motives Series are light and graceful, they remind us the book miniature and animated films. The idea of such series creation came to the sisters after acquaintance with the Persian miniature. The tradition of oriental miniature appears in the sisters’ works in the absence of light and shade, halftones, space and outlook, and also the line’s leading role as expressive tool. In Kazakh Motives Series, there are 7 of them, GaBo created their encyclopedia of Kazakh folk life with a special lyric and soul. But the works in these series are more colorful than the latest works which are more philosophic and problematic. In these works the sisters raise common human question – what is love, family and family line? They used the Kazakh ethnical motives as a ground for the issues that are important for any ethnical origin.

Balkhiya (Bota) Kusainova like to create different types of bouquets – classical, live real to fantastical and abstract. On current exhibition she presented her still lifes Strawberry Field Bouquet, Granat Bouquet, and Winter Bouquet.

Alexei Utkin is famous and popular Kazakh artist. He tried his self in different genres – in portrait, still life, cartoon, but city landscape became his favorite. Almaty city is an inexhaustible source of his inspiration, a city at the foot of Alatau mountains. These beloved crossroads, wide avenues and quiet streets, cafes, theaters, and fountains appear in his graphics and paintings of the Lines of Inspiration Exhibition.

Alexei Utkin is a famous and popular Kazakhstan’s artist. He tried his self in different genres – in portrait, still life, cartoon, but city landscape became his favorite. Almaty city is an inexhaustible source of his inspiration, a city at the foot of Alatau mountains. These beloved crossroads, wide avenues and quiet streets, cafes, theaters, and fountains appear in his graphics and paintings of the Lines of Inspiration Exhibition.

Galiya and Balkhiya Kussaninovs and Alexei Utkin are participants of many republican and international exhibitions, including World Exhibition for Disables People in Vatican in 2000 in honor of the Pope Paul 80th anniversary; the exhibition “Nomad Life” in 2003 in the Embassy of Kazakhstan to Spain for diplomats, business and political circles, media outlets; the exhibition Second Road in Washington and Tulip and a Man in the Embassy of Netherlands to Kazakhstan.

The exhibition will run till October 28, 2017.

Clara Isabaeva – curator