McCarthey Gallery - March 2020 Monthly Auction
Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

March 2020 Monthly Auction

Congratulations to K. Salgado who placed the winning bid of $1,500 for February's silent auction painting, "Roses and Fruit" by Fedor L. Sidorov, estimated at $3,500 to $4,500.

As our March silent auction selection, we are pleased to present a beautiful Impressionist Landscape, "Summer Shade, Ukraine" by the renowned Ukrainian artist, Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, estimated at $2,000 to $2,500. Gaiduk's was a noted member of the National Union of Artist's and his works are included in major national museums, the Zaporizhzhye Regional Art Museum, in numerous galleries and private collections in Ukraine, Russia and worldwide. Below is a is a review from a Soviet gazette on his work along with a special Ode to the artist by former Springville Museum of Art Director and author of Soviet Impressionist Painting, Vern G. Swanson.

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Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, "Summer Shade, Ukraine"
23" x 31", 1970's, Oil on Board (unframed)
Estimated at $1,500 to $2,000, Current Bid $750 K. Wan Ha

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. This is an exceptional opportunity to add a beautiful work by a highly acclaimed artist to your collection.

Estimated at $2,000 to $2,500, the current high bid is just $750! The next bid is $1,000, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Remember, there is no reserve, at the end of the auction the high bid wins!

Bids will be taken via telephone, or e-mail until 7:00 pm MST, Tuesday March 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

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.

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Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, 1926-1992

Born in Zaporozhye, Ukraine in 1926. He trained at the Zaporozhye association of artists in the studios of the famous Ukrainian artists G. and B. Kolosovsky between 1951 to 1957.

Active in Zaporozhye, Ukraine,.Gaiduk began exhibiting in 1953. Gaiduk was a member of the National Union of artists.
Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk is listed in "A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Paintings 1900-1980" by Matthew Cullerne Bown (page 92).

Gaiduik's works are included in major national museums, the Zaporizhzhya Regional Art Museum, in numerous galleries and private collections in Ukraine, Russia and worldwide.

Here is a review from a Soviet gazette of the work of Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk:

"Only a small minority of Soviet landscape painters put the emphasis on what they felt rather than on what they saw, and even fewer committed themselves to striking a balance between emotion and observation. Among the latter was the Ukrainian Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, a painter of large, bold, highly subjective landscapes that were painted in the field and that always represented a particular place and time.

And passionate it is, what with his swirling, low-lying horizons, and hearty daubs of paint that become trees, hills, buildings, and forests if viewed from the proper distance. The result, depending on one's point of view, is art that is visionary, ecstatic, ominous, highly romantic - or even a combination of all the above.
Gaiduk's work is not is dull nor like everyone else's. Even someone wishing to criticize his work has to admit that it is totally unique. And why shouldn't it be? It comes from deep within him, reflects his own profoundly Ukrainian personal view of life and the world around him, and was brought into being only after years of dedication and hard work.

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Vern G. Swanson

How to encapsulate the art of Ukrainian artist Victor K. Gaiduk in words on a computer doesn't seem any easier than to paint on a stretched canvas. Urs Fisher once said, "Art is like people: you cannot reduce them to a couple of sentences. They are far more complex and much richer." Like other artistes of his milieu he began as a student painting in a tighter realism. Most artists stay in that place where they have been trained, while other reach out and move to broader artistic solutions.

Victor Kirillovich was born in 1926 which means he received the full weight of conservative Socialist Realist academic training with the view that artists would work in the form of social naturalism. However, our Victor Kirillovich shot further outside the ring of officially purposeful aesthetic style. His work is almost devoid of civilization, only a very occasional road here and a building there intrudes on his pure landscape. Though his art reminds one of a group of Seven in Canada, or the Vladimir School in Russia, he is less expressionist and more impressionist.

His blonde evocations of golden autumn and spring green are viewed through the lens of powerful swirling nature and undulating earthen forms. Yet, his breezy wind-scapes ruffling trees and sweeping water, evoke a certain delicacy. He has pitched his oils in that space where opposites kiss. It is said that he is totally original in doing this but this in not correct; he is just rare in doing it. Rather it should be said of him, what was said of Monet, "He paints like a bird sings." Each painting is a tone poem."

Auction Rules

A fun new tradition at the TKM Gallery, every month we select a painting and hold a no reserve silent auction.  Over the months there have been some 'steals' and some bidding wars but no matter the outcome, it has been exciting for our Russian art collectors.

You can print the form, and either fax the completed form to (435-658-1730) or send a simple e-mail containing the information on the bid form via e-mail to

Please be sure to include your full name, address, phone number, and email address.

In the case of identical bids, the Gallery will give precedence to the first one received, so it is to your advantage to indicate a maximum bid, and to submit your bid as early as possible.

Bid Form

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Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery
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Park City, Utah 84060
Tel: 435-658-1691