Yuriy Savchenko

'Between Abstract and Expressive-Impressionism'
Landscapes, villagescapes, seascapes and still life oil paintings and watercolors
October 16 - late fall, 2003

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Gallery Hours 12-6pm Tues-Sunday

Paintings of Yuriy Savchenko benefit from deserved popularity among art fans. For many years, the artist has been staying loyal to such genre-paintings as landscapes and still life, which most fully respond to the peculiarities of his creative identity. Yuriy Savchenko views the surrounding would as a fine lyric. The admiration of the beauty of the world, the glorifying of life-giving forces of the nature, the emotional grasp of the reality are essential in his artwork.

Yuriy Savchenko was born on October 2, 1935 in the Ukrainian town of Slaviansk. In 1957 he graduated from the Kharkov Art School, where he received professional training at the Theatre and Decoration department, from well-known teachers P.A.Shigimaga and Y.M.Stakhanov. Indefatigable creative energy, permanent search for new solutions of artistic tasks, enormous diligence help the artist to create his own unique style.

In Mr. Savchenko's artwork the approach to the understanding of the reality is expressed in the very plastics of the picture composition. Poeticizing of the nature, bringing of elements of unusual multicolor mosaics make his work full-weight and meaningful. A quivering feeling of love to his native country, to the land, songs, traditions and music enables the author to create inimitable lyric and romantic pieces of art. Poetic images filled with romantic dreams are tightly interlaced, forming a general colorful carpet of pictures.

Precise and laconic composition, rhythmic vibrating touch, organization of the canvas, along with plane, subtle iridescence of colors make Yuriy Savchenko's works look particularly original and integral and put them, by their meaningfulness and depth, in the rank of the best collection of modern Ukrainian art.

Relying on the rich experience of French expressionists, Ukrainian and Russian painters of the 19th and 20th centuries, the artist influences the spectator's mind and emotions by his works, reviews and builds his own graphic language, discovering again the invaluable past, acquiring the humanity, the truth and the beauty of the present. The artist lets the spectator feel the melody of fine color shades, allows one to look at the world as a unity of diversity.

There is something biographic in Yuriy Savchenko's works. They are so rich in color and so moving that the spectator immediately feels the spiritual mood that the author reflects in his paintings.

Yuriy Savchenko's amazing colorful landscapes acquire maximum expression and enchant the spectator by the dynamics of the touch, by the color music, which excites and invites to a talk.

The painter often works outside and stresses the characteristic features and details that are critical for the expression of images. Yuriy Savchenko disengages himself from realism and gives full freedom to pictorial methods, transforming the nature in something fabulous and fantastic. The author's form structure allows the spectators to discover his specific view of the nature, along with his understanding of the world, in their inseparable interrelation.

The series of paintings dedicated to Slobojanschina, author's native country, strike by their laconic development of finest light and shadow gradations. They sparkle with warmth. The native land poeticized by the author lives and shines in these works.

Yuriy Savchenko's water-colors are surprisingly interesting, as if the author dissolved himself in the nature, in the architectural shapes of big cities, submitting himself to their dynamic rhythms and colors, but also filling the image with his own reflections and embodying his ideals of beauty into it. A number of personal exhibitions organized both in his native country as well as abroad - in America, Austria, Germany and Croatia, allow the author to be always on top of the world artistic trends. The rich impressions of travels, a large number of drafts and pictures complete the painter's artistic store and help Yuriy Savchenko in his intensive pedagogic activity.

The particular feature of his numerous works, both watercolor and oil ones, resides in his fine taste, in his great feeling of color and form, which strives to an artistic tones of fine and precise color sound.

In his works, the artist looks at the surrounding in a fresh and direct way, acquiring the inspiring internal freedom that is necessary for creation. Yuriy Savchenko's paintings are not limited to any subject and manner, which generously fills with a full of life fragrance of feelings and ideas.

by Olexiy Rohodchenko


1935 born in Slaviansk, Ukraine
1957 graduated from Kharkiv Art School, the Theatre and Decoration Department Teachers: P.A.Shigimaga and Y.M.Stakhanov

From 1980 participated in a number of Ukrainian as well as international exhibitions

1988 Member of the Artists' Union of Ukraine
1999 Honorary citizen of Slaviansk

Personal Exhibitions:

  • 1985 Art Museum, Donetsk, Ukraine
  • 1986 Culture Center in Donetsk, Ukraine
  • 1989 Art Museum, Donetsk, Ukraine
  • 1991 Triptych Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1991 Nashville, USA
  • 1992 Slavutych Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1992 Nashville, USA
  • 1993 Vienna, Austria
  • 1994 Kyiv Russian Art Museum, Ukraine
  • 1995 Eko Gallery, Detroit, USA
  • 1995 Vernisazh Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • 1995 Expocenter 'The Ukrainian House', Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1996 Lesya Ukrainka Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1996 Dias Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • 1997 Artists' Union House, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • 1997 St. Ivan Zelin Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1998 Vernisazh Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • 1998 Eko Gallery, Detroit, USA
  • 1998 The Ukrainian Center in Chicago, USA
  • 1999 Bukovar Museum, Croatia
  • 1999 Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1999 Triptych Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2000 Artists' Union House, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • 2003 Gallery36, Kyiv, Ukraine

'Summer at Donetz river', 2001
Oil, canvas
24 x 18 inches

'The Morning', 1998
Oil, canvas
14 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches

'Bouquet in yellow tones', 2001
Oil, canvas
40 x 30 inches