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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.

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September Silent Auctions! 


 Butko, Victor Nikolaevich, "The Lilacs, The Spring Rains"
31½'' x 39¼'', (80 x 100 cm)
2006, Oil on Canvas
Estimate $6,000- 7,000, Current Bid, $1,250 K. Vasquez


Bogatirenko Y.K, "Day on the Sea"
8½'' x 22'', (21.59 x 55.88 cm)
1957, Oil on Board
Estimate $3,000- $4,000, Current Bid $1,000, S. Griffin

As rare as an asteroid in Chelyabinsk. This month the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery has TWO paintings for our auction!

Congratulations to S. Gertsch who called the Gallery with one minute to spare and placed the winning bid of just $3,000 for August's hotly contested silent auction work "Sunny Day" by Alexander Vasilievich Kushnirenko, Estimate $6,000- $7,000.

For our September auction we have TWO great offers! The first work is a wonderful and quite large still life by one of Russia's most talented up and coming artists Victor Nikolaevich Butko, with a current high bid of just $1,250. The next bid is $1,500 followed by minimum bidding increments of $250.

The second is a simple yet intriguing seascape by the renowned Ukrainian artist Yuri Kirilovich Bogatyrenko, with a current high bid of just $1,000. The next bid is $1,250, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to add one of both of these great works to your collection!

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. Please note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. By placing a maximum bid you will be assured you are not out bid at the last minute. Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until the auction ends at 6:00 pm, Tuesday September 30th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

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Victor N. Butko B. 1978

This month we present as one of the silent auction painting a work by one of Russia's most talented up and coming artists Victor Nikolaevich Butko. He first came to our attention as a student of the Tkachev Brothers and Gregori Chaianikov. Butko, from an artistic family, has spent much of his life at the Academic Dacha learning and watching from the great masters there. He is the next generation of Russian Impressionistic artists and his paintings are ripe for the seasoned collector to begin building a collection. We at the McCarthey Gallery are thrilled to present Victor Nikolaevich BUTKO'S painting "The Lilacs, The Spring Rains," as one of our September auction picks.

Butko was born in 1978 in Moscow into a veritable artistic dynasty. Several generations of the family were well-known artists, including his grandfather, Nikaolai Konstantinovich Chulovich and great-uncle Viktor Konstatinovich Chulovich (both graduates of the Imperial Stroganov Art School), as well as Honored Art Worker of Russia Viktor Nikolaevich Chulovich (a wonderful landscape painter who was a student of P.I. Petrovichev), and of course his own parents, Nikolai Butko and Marina Chulovich.

From early childhood, Butko was involved in the creative work of his family. His first art lessons were given by his parents. His grandfather also greatly influenced his work, especially landscapes. Butko's still life painting style was developed from exposure to an incredible collection of objects to be found in the family's studio. There was a collection of antique items which his grandfather brought back from numerous trips around the country: Russian and Uzbek samovars, wicker baskets, pitchers, jugs, etc. Butko painted from them for his first still-life works.

In 1989, Butko entered the Moscow Academy Art Lyceum under the supervision of the Russian Academy of Arts where he studied watercolor and oil painting. In 1994, he took part in his first art exhibition, in the Art Lyceum Students' Exhibition at the Central House of Art Workers. Two years later, he took part at the Lyceum exhibition which was held at the Tretyakov Gallery.

After graduation from art school, Butko went to Vishny Volochok, not far from the Academic country house for painters, where he continued to study painting, being especially influenced by the works of A.M. and A.A. Gritsai, and N. Fedeosov. In 1997, he was able to spend the summer with A.N. Gritsai, an experience that greatly influenced Butko professionally.

In 1997, Butko also took part in the exhibition of Moscow Art Union at its gallery in Krymsky Val, and afterwards became a Member of the Moscow Art Union. Butko's work is exhibited at galleries throughout Russia.

Yuri Kirilovich Bogatyrenko, B. 1932
Ylovaisk (Donetsk Region), Ukraine

Yuri Kirilovich Bogatyrenko is a well-known Ukrainian production designer (filmographer). He graduated in 1957 from the All-Union Institute of Cinematography in Moscow where he was a pupil of F. Bogorodski and Y. Pimenov. He was many years active at the Odessa Movie Studio where he participated in production of many popular movies in the whole UdSSR.

Born on 01.04.1932, in the city Ilovaysk Donetsk region. He graduated from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (1957). Teacher by profession - Yuri Pimenov, F. Bogorodsky. Artist movie. Major works: thin. draw. movies - "Two Theodora" (1958), "The first trolley" (1961), "Dangerous tour" (1969), "The Precipice" (1991). Member of the Union of Artists (1962).

Olya Cheney, Exhibition of New Works Continues!!

2122"Olya Cheney & Tom McCartheyA big thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the opening of Olya Cheney's exhibition. Olya is one the Gallery's favorite and best selling artists. Out of the more than 20 new works, only a few are left. The exhibition runs through mid-September.

Olya is a delightful blend of East and West-- an ideal match for the Gallery. Olya is a Russian-born artist who now lives and paints in Utah! New works from her include many well-known landmarks from around Park City and several noted landscapes of the Wasatch Mountains and Southern Utah.

Born Olga Alexandrovna Kovalova in 1972 in Semipalatinsk, Shyghys Qazaqstan, Kazakhstan, Olya has always harbored a love of art.  Living in such places as Kazakhstan, Russia, Sakhalin Island (above Japan), California, and now Utah, Olya has developed an exceptionally unique and often times breath-taking artistic style.

"Big Cottonwood Canyon Lake", 24'' x 36'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $2,200
22"Autumn Panorama, Park City", 24'' x 36'', 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, $2,550
"Park City Ski Resort", 18'' x 24'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,300
4"Patch of Blue Sky", 8'' x 10'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $600

Russian & Soviet Impressionism
Russia's Rich Cultural Heritage

impressionism-homeRussia's rich cultural heritage represents the best of human creativity. Its literature, music, visual and performing arts and architecture are among the most profound, compelling and beautiful expressions of the human spirit.

Much of this rich heritage is well known in the United States, such as the writing of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, the music of Peter Tchaikovsky, Serge Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, the painting of Ilya Repin and Vassily Kadinsky, the architecture of the Kremlin and State Hermitage Museum and the dance of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Less well known in this tradition of creativity is the painting of the Russian Impressionist period, lasting from approximately 1930 to 1980. Russian Impressionism made an important contribution to the cultural heritage of Russia, but until recently, little has been known of its beauty and quality and its leading artists because of Soviet isolationism. During this period much of the cultural life in the Communist Soviet Union was denied Western exposure. The demise of Communism, the lifting of the Iron Curtain and the movement towards freedom and democracy of the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States has allowed the world the opportunity to experience a unique and important historical past through the art work.

It is now being collected and recognized by art historians, museum directors, curators and collectors as some of the best art produced in the twentieth century. 

"Soviet Impressionism"- Vern G. Swanson

From a unique set of circumstances that would be impossible to duplicate, Soviet Art from 1930 to 1980 was the 20th century's major realist school of painting. It powerfully expresses itself with a simple clarity of pictorial language, consummate adeptness and truthful portrayal of life. The Soviet artist acted as a willing collaborator with and portrayer of the aspirations of society. This contrasted with Western models where artists were typically alienated from their community. Acceptance will come, using the Soviet phrase, because it is "historically inevitable". It is already to a certain extent here with the pictures from the period increasingly passing through the sale rooms of Europe and North America. This book should give wider understanding of this underrated but artistically exciting movement in Soviet art.

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New Works- Margarita Kolobova

2027Margarita Kolobova was born in 1983 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. From 2000 till 2005 she studied in Rostov College of Fine Arts (named after M.B.Grekov). She worked as a designer and illustrator of "Donskaya Arkheologia" journal and its web-site. She also worked as artifact illustrator on several archaeological projects. In 2006 Margarita entered the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Here she studies till today.

The Russian Academy of Arts, informally known as the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, was founded in 1757 by Ivan Shuvalov under the name Academy of the Three Noblest Arts. Catherine the Great renamed it the Imperial Academy of Arts and commissioned a new building, completed 25 years later in 1789 by the Neva River. The academy promoted the neoclassical style and technique, and sent its promising students to European capitals for further study. Training at the academy was virtually required for artists to make successful careers.

2017Kolobova, Margarita,"Arkhyz", 13¾'' x 17¾'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,700

Formally abolished in 1918 after the Russian Revolution, the academy was renamed several times. It established free tuition; students from across the country competed fiercely for its few places annually. In 1947 the national institution was moved to Moscow, and much of its art collection was moved to the Hermitage. The building in Leningrad was devoted to the Ilya Repin Leningrad Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, named in honor of one of Russia's foremost realist artists. Since 1991 it has been called the St. Petersburg Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.


 Kolobova, Margarita, "Prchan", 19¾'' x 27½'', 2012, Oil on Canvas, $2,500

2024Kolobova, Margaritam "Boats", 23½'' x 31½'', 2012, Oil on Canvas, $2,500


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