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My recent body of work is a study of a question of autobiographic memory and personhood, emotional development, suffering, journey toward self-knowledge and relationship between past and present.

ALEXANDER STOLIN - Artists - JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY

Artist Statement

I divide my life and art into two parts. The first 29 years in my native Kiev Ukraine, where I was born and raised and received my education. In 1992 I immigrated to the United States. In the past 27 years I have lived in Louisiana. It is difficult to say which way my development as an artist would have gone if I had stayed in Ukraine. I do know that the past 29 years have proven to be a very intense and stimulating learning experience. I have had the opportunity to learn a new language, experience new customs and cultures, was able to travel, visited museums and cities that in my youth I read and studied about in art history and literature. I have been able to study the world history from a different perspective.

 

This windfall of new emotions and experiences has greatly enforced my education and development as an artist. It has brought new ideas and inspiration. I have followed my intuition and feelings in an attempt to develop a story based on my visual language. I have utilized images of old engravings and photographs, have searched for answers while painting. My paintings and drawings are figurative. The images that I adapt and personify as specific characters speak metaphorically about my personal experiences. My recent body of work is a study of a question of autobiographic memory and personhood, emotional development, suffering, journey toward self-knowledge and relationship between past and present. I am searching for images that help me to reconstruct my past as a part of relationships with others. The characters in these paintings help me express feelings, sensibilities and moral being matters.

 

In the process of working on this series I chose to render paintings in black and white and sepia palette, combination of low-key and chiaroscuro dramatically shadowed unbalanced composition was inspired by Film Noir and German expressionism and coherent with imagery that I borrowed from old photos of my family in Ukraine and my wife Mary Kay’s family here in the US. Some of these images are 150 years old. I assembled images to create poetic expression of the material world and suggest specific ideas, dealing with memories and temporality, personal histories of its characters. The concepts of time and remembrance explored through socially changing framework of world history and where I am trying to express a sense of universal oneness.

ALEXANDER STOLIN - Artists - JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

1988          The State Institute of Art – Kiev, Ukraine MFA Degree in Fine Art

1981          The State School of Art – Kiev, Ukraine

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022          Solo Exhibition, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2006          The 2006 20” x 20” x 20” National Compact Competition and Exhibit, Curated by Tara McDowell,        

                  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, LSU Union Art Gallery

                  St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA, one man show

2005          Made in New Orleans, A Survey of Contemporary Art From the Crescent City. Space 301, The Center for

                  the Living Arts, Mobile, AL. Curated by Jacqueline Bishop.

                  Traveling to: The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

                  Art Space, Shreveport, LA

                  Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University

                  Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, “the Saltline Biennial”, A juried group show

                  Louisiana Artists 2005, an All Media Competition LSU Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge    

                 The Texas National 2005 Exhibition, Griffith Gallery, Stephen F.

                 Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. Juror: James Surls

2004         The Hattiesburg Cultural Center, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, one man show

2003         The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans,

                 "The Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890-2003" opening exhibition

                 Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, "The Saltline Biennial" a juried group show

2002         "White Linen Night". Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans one man show

                 Kauffman Gallery-Huber Art Center, 3rd Annual Juried National Exhibition.

                 Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA. Juror: Robert Fishko, Forum Gallery, NYC

2001         Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, "Julia Street North" a group show

2000         Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL, "100 Mile Radius" a juried group show

                Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Arts for Arts Sake:

                "Under the Influence: Artists Reflect on the 20th Century" a group show

                Center for Fine and Performing Arts, University of West Florida, Pensacola group show

                Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, "Petite Physique" a group show

                12 x 12 x 12 x 2000 National Small Painting and Sculpture Competition

                San Jacinto College South, Houston Texas. First Place, curated and awarded by Marysol Nieves,

                Senior Curator, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC

1999        Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans one man show

               "Project Harmony Competition and Exhibition", Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge.

                First Place Tie, a group show

1998        Clark Hall Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond a group show

1997        Gallery 28, Delray Beach, FL. one man show

                "Southeastern International Festival", Clark Hall,

                 Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond a group show

                "Art for Arts Sake", Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans, one man show

                "Portraiture as Art: Unique Portraits by Contemporary Southern Artists" Lennox Square, Atlanta, GA

                The Second Entergy Louisiana Open Juried Exhibition, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans:

                a group show juried by Marti Mayo, Director, Contemporary Arts

                Museum, Houston                  

                Clark Hall Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University,

                Hammond "South by Southeast" a group show

                St. Tammany Art Association, "The Greek Myth", Covington, LA a group show

1996        The Hammond Cultural Foundation, "North Shore Invitational" a group show

                National Art Exhibition: "Form & Metaphor", Eastern New Mexico University, Portales a group show

                Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans one man show

1995       The 1995 Cheekwood Museum National Contemporary Painting Competition, Nashville: a group show

               juried by Inge-Lise Ecmann- Deputy, Director, San Francisco Museum of

               Modern Art and by Robert Ryman, Artist

               The Entergy Louisiana Open, "Arts for Arts Sake", The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans:

               a group show juried by free lance critic, curator, and poet, John Yau

              "Naked>>Nude…The Human Figure", a group show. Clark Hall Gallery,

               Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond

               Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans, a group show

               St. Tammany Art Association, "The Human Figure", Covington, LA a group show

1994       Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans one man show