Gallery News & Events
12 January through 22 February 2002
Artist reception: 12 January 3-5 PM
Jan Baum Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of Russian-born painter, Eugene Yelchin. Raised and educated in St. Petersburg, Yelchin’s approach to painting is concerned with the history of art, which involves a continuous re-examination of the canons of European and American painting. The result is a rare degree of craftsmanship by the artist. Although the idea of craftsmanship is linked with past traditions, Yelchin’s creative process is given direction by the future. By invoking the unexpectedness and immediacy of the painting act, Yelchin subverts the dogmas of both figurative and abstract art. Painting and repainting the same work over a period of several years, Yelchin handles paint freely, loosely, creating thick and buttery surfaces more often with fingers than brush. Yelchin’s deep felt commitment to and subversion of the history of painting brings to life canvases that are unforeseen, ambiguous and entirely new.