Welcome to The McCarthey Gallery
The Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery is one of the foremost dealers in the United States dealing with Russian Impressionistic art. The Gallery maintains an extensive inventory of collectible works by Russia's most respected artists during the period of 1930 to 1980. The Gallery carefully selects paintings that are historically significant, original in composition, interesting in form and beautiful in their depiction of the human spirit. We have been working in Russia for many years and have developed close personal relationships with many of the artists and their families. Together with our associated gallery in Russia, Dacha Art, and our Russian partners, we maintain extremely close ties with the arts community in Russia and the former Soviet republics. In addition to our Russian specialization, the TKM Gallery is proud to work with talented artists from other countries who have the spirit of the Russian art.
August Silent Auction
Grigory L Chainikov. "Silent Evening"
Congratulations to B Baldridge for placing the winning bid of $2,000 for July's silent auction painting "Evening", by Margartia Kolobova", estimated at $3,500- $4,500.
As our August auction selection, we are pleased to offer a very special work, "Silent Evening", by the master Russian Realist painter Grigory Leontievich Chainikov, valued at $12,000- $15,000 and framed in a 24 carat gold leaf Krieger-Ricks frame. The current high bid is just $9,750.
In the many years we have been presenting our monthly silent auction, this month's auction work is the best and the most valuable work we have ever offered! This truly is an especially rare opportunity to add a world class museum level work by a renowned master to your collection. Remember, there is no reserve, at the end of the auction the high bid wins!
Grigory Chainikov was our friend. For more then 15 years we purchased his work, supported him, published catalogs and arranged for him to have museum shows and exhibitions. Throughout those years we established a warm, long-lasting friendship with Chainikov. He saw his mission in life to not just paint, but to preserve for future generations a vision of the rapidly disappearing traditional Russian Village for future generations. His landscapes are poetic. His paintings of villagers are always heartfelt and proud but never sentimental.
Grigory was introduced to us by the Tkachev Brothers who were recently named to the top ten list of the most important Russian artists of the twentieth century. Chainikov won a scholarship to the Academic Dacha, a small village and artist community half way between Moscow and St Petersburg where for the past 120 years the top artists from Russian and the Soviet Union would build dachas around the pristine Lake Miso and paint. It was at the "Akademicheskaya Dacha" or Academic Dacha that Chainikov met the Tkachev Brothers. They immediately saw his talent and his love for the Russian countryside.
Over many years, the Tkachev Brothers tutored and nurtured Chainikov who would eventually go on to not only graduate from the prestigious Surikov Institute in Moscow, but also he became a professor at the Surikov. The Tkachev's told us Chainakov was their finest student-- and they had taught numerous students throughout many years. Chainikov was the heir to their legacy and one of the few artists the masters who carried on the Russian realist style.
Devastatingly, Gregory Leontievich Chainakov unexpectedly died in 2008 at a relatively young age. We still feel the loss, as does the entire Russian nation. When he died, VRAMA, the Russian national TV news program (across 12 time zones) did a feature on his life and work.
We at the TKM Gallery are honored to have been friends of Grigory L. Chainikov and thrilled to offer you the opportunity to add one of his masterpieces to your collection. We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. The current bid is just $9,750.
Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until 6:00 pm, Monday August 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.
About the Artist
-1987, graduated from the Surikov Art Institute (workshop Tsyplakova VG).
Grigoriy Leontievich Chainikov- (1960-2008)
Chainikov's origin can be traced to Udmurtia, Russia, where his ancestors had resided for generations. The artist was born on November 28, 1960 in the remote village of Grakhovo. Chainikov, a self-taught sketcher, often spent the tedious summer hours he worked as a shepherd, drawing images of the countryside. Before long this hobby became an obsession and Chainikov entered The Department of Graphic Arts School, housed in a classical, ancient mansion.
The formal majesty of artistic academia inspired Chainikov. Here Chainikov studied the plaster head of Apollo, amazed by the artist's ability to convey image in dimension. This became the defining element in Chainikov's style. His teachers soon recognized the student's extraordinary raw talent. Chainikov was a prodigious worker.
Initially Chainikov painted only with watercolors, but he was soon referred to Moscow to study under Victor G. Tsyplakov, the renowned "people's artist of the USSR", where he quickly turned his skills to painting strictly with oils. Chainikov was ultimately admitted to the Surikov Institute of Arts, the most prestigious art institute of Russia. Much of Chainikov's development came under the watchful eye of Tsyplakov who taught his students to paint directly on the canvas, without sketches. For instance, the teacher had his student begin a portrait by painting only the eyes, then developing the painting around the origin. Tsyplakov and Chainikov became fast friends, as well as teacher/student.
Upon completing his training at The Institute, Chainikov went to the Russian Academy of Arts, painting alongside two of Russia's most honored artists, brothers, Alexi and Sergei Tkachev. Gaining admission to the Artist's "Akademicheskaya Dacha" enabled Tkachevs the opportunity to study the younger Chainikov's works. The brothers were teachers and mentors to Chainikov, and were instrumental to the success of their friend and student over the years.
Upon completing his training at The Institute, Chainikov went to the Russian Academy of Arts, painting alongside two of Russia's most honored artists, brothers, Alexi and Sergei Tkachev. Gaining admission to the Artist's "Akademicheskaya Dacha" enabled Tkachevs the opportunity to study the younger Chainikov's works. The brothers were teachers and mentors to Chainikov, and have been instrumental to the success of their friend and student over the years.
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