Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

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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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February Silent Auction

Margarita Kolobova, "Znamenskey Cathedral" 23½'' x 27½'', 2010, Oil on Canvas, Estimate $3,500- 4,500, Current Bid, $500, C. Willoughby Margarita Kolobova, "Znamenskey Cathedral"
23½'' x 27½'', 2010, Oil on Canvas
Estimate $3,500- 4,500, Current Bid, $2,000, S. Barr

Congratulations to R Sheakley who placed the winning bid of $2,750 for January's auction painting, "The Guests have Gone", by one of Russia's most talented up-and-coming artists, Victor Nikolaevich Butko, valued at $4,000- $5,000.

For our February silent auction we are proud to present a beautiful and very Russian work "Znamenskey Cathedral", estimated at $4,000- $5,000, by one of the Gallery's favorite artists Margartia Kolobova.

Margartia Alexandrovna Kolobova is a young artist on the move! She just graduated from Russia's most prestigious art academy, The Repin Institute in St Petersburg (founded in 1757), and is now studying at the Fine Arts Facility of Saimaa University in Finland, working on her third art degree.

This piece is delightful. The cool Russian day with the bright blue sky. Shadows painted with precision and skill. The singular figure against the majesty of a local landmark. This is a great painting to start a Russian collection or to add a bright young artist of tomorrow to a collection.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to add a great work by a up and coming artist! The current high bid is just $2,000! The next bid is $2,250 followed by minimum bidding increments of $250.

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. In the case of identical bids, the Gallery will give precedence to the first one received including including any maximum bids submitted, submit your bid as early as possible. Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until 9:00 pm, Saturday February 28th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

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mafgaMargarita Alexandrovna Kolobova b. 1983

Margarita Kolobova was born in 1983 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. From 2000 till 2005 she studied in Rostov-on-Don College of Fine Arts (named after M.B.Grekov) and graduated from it with honours. She worked as a designer and illustrator of "Donskaya Arkheologia" journal and its web-site. She also worked as an artifact illustrator on several archaeological projects. In 2006 Margarita entered St. Petersburg Repin State Academic Institute of Painting Sculpture and Architecture (Academy of Arts) to study painting. Margarita graduated from it in the summer of 2014, again with honours. She devoted her diploma to Karelian-Finnish epos "Kalevala".

In 2013 Margarita did an Internship in Fine Arts at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Finland. "I had a solo exhibition "Mosaics of Kalevala" in Finland, in Kuhmo city. It was organized by Juminkeko Foundation. The foundation itself is devoted to preservation and popularization of Karelian epos "Kalevala". As for me, Kalevala was my favourite book from childhood. When I had to choose a theme for my diploma project, I chose Kalevala. But before settling down to the diploma itself, I worked on this theme. I visited museums of Finland, studied ethnographic materials, old photos of Finnish singers - exponents of Kalevala runes. As a result of this work I had a series of paintings and drawings devoted to Kalevala itself and to the singers of Kalevala runes. These art works were set out in my solo exhibition in Kuhmo. It was my first solo exhibition. It had a good success; there were some benevolent articles in the newspapers and Internet, and some paintings were sold. I was so involved in Finnish epos and culture that I spent autumn, winter and spring 2013/2014 in Finland, in Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, I studied in an internship program in the Fine Arts faculty there". ~ Margarita Kolobova

Now Margarita migrates between St. Petersburg, her home town, and Imatra in Finland where she attends the Fine Arts Facility of Saimaa University of Applied Science currently studying sculpture. "I like to study" says Margarita. "I work on plein-air paintings in both countries"

Margarita is a follower of a realist trend in art. Her works are exhibited at the State Art Museum in Stary Oskol, Russia; at the Juminkeko Foundation in Finland and in private collections in Russia, the United States and abroad.

The Repin Institute/ 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.

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.


Vladimir Filippov- New Works!

Filippov, Vladimir V. Filippov,  "Sunny Day" ,23½'' x 35½'', 2011, Oil on Canvas,  $5,500"Sunny Day", 23½'' x 35½'', 2011, Oil on Canvas,$5,500

Since 1990, Filippov has trained and worked under the Russian Realist master Yuri P. Kugach (senior) and his son Mikhail Y. Kugach, who is now head of the Kugach Studio and a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Also, Vladimir has painted in the company of such wonderful artists as Grigory Chainikov and Andrei Zakharov. These artists and close friends have played an important role in Vladimir's development as an artist. Filippov is one of the few artists continuing the great tradition of Russian Realistic Art.

"The Stream with Morning Sun", 17¾'' x 23½'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $3,900"The Stream, Morning Sun", 17¾'' x 23½'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $3,900

"Lonely Fir Tree",  15¾'' x 23½'', 2010, Oil on Board, $3,600"Lonely Fir Tree", 15¾'' x 23½'', 2010, Oil on Board, $3,600

"Boy Fishing", 23½'' x 31½'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $5,300"Boy Fishing", 23½'' x 31½'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $5,300

6666"Spring on the River", 15¾'' x 23½'', 2010, Oil on Board, $3,500

14Filippov with his mentor, the Master Yuri Kugach 

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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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Olya Cheney- New Works!

99"Osquthorpe Barn", 24'' x 26'', 2014, Oil on Canvas,$2,000

98Olya Cheney, ''Jensen Park, Utah", 18'' x 24'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,150

97"Summer Scent", 8'' x 10'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $525

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