A family of Sheep
39.5 inches wide X 32 inches high
100 cm wide X 80 cm high
Oil on Canvas
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Born in Leningrad, in 1952. Graduated from the School of Aeronautical Engineering, 1975. Became a member of the Union of Young Soviet Artists in 1984. In 1986 began studies at the Vera Igniatievna Mukhina College of Applied Arts, Leningrad. In 1990 became a member of the Israel Association of Painters and Sculptors, Tel-Aviv.
Picasso once said: “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth”. Valery Konevin adds: “The truth is like a charming woman who needs true love and admiration just for the idealization of beauty”. The idea of truth is very crucial for our artist who tries to empower all styles of painting with truth added to sincerity.
Konevin believes “speed of society” gallops as history propagates. The chase for money is the fuel for that speed and it obstructs us from seeing nature. Money replaces too often the essential pursuit towards a hardly achieved aim, like the moon – with which V.K. is personally familiar, being, amongst other endeavors, an astrologist.
He illustrates “speed” by drawing disproportionate figures on long canvases: “an elongated form expresses movement”. He also claims: “sex is the main engine of speed and movement” and his rushing figures take the form of mechanical puppets colored with a hue of eroticism.
Since mathematical concepts are ideas which can never be reached, no wonder Valery Konevin is deeply involved in mathematical contemplations and thereof mainly in topology – the theory of forms. He uses a quote from Spencer Brown: “…mathematics is a way of saying less and less about more and more”. That is also the essence of Minimalism. Konevin describes “thoughts” as closed and separate circles in large cosmological paintings which he calls his “base art” and which are manifestations of his ideas.
From the years of art studying in Russia, he remembers as the best instruction of his teachers the slogan: “When you draw the eye, you must see the ear”; this is deep understanding of composition by itself. Valery Konevin paints large theoretical and small still life, landscapes, portraits, nudes and pure compositions, and his small-scale works translate his philosophy to more familial and detailed formats.
Tel Aviv, February 17, 1993 Tamara Radir