Otago based artist, ILYA VOLYKHINE, will exhibit his latest figurative oil paintings for the first time at KINA NZ Design + Artspace in New Plymouth with his exhibition titled, BIRD BRAIN during the month of October 2014.
The exhibition features a selection of framed oils on paper that all feature birds, people, and the many moods of the human condition. They are for the most part light & full of whimsy, body language and subtlety, along with the artist's usual strong doses of both flippant humour and melancholy. The works are all handled in Volykhine's very distinctive neo-expressionist style using strong colours, New Zealand fauna, as well as, collage elements of personal hand-written letters from his family back in Russia.
The Russian-born Volykhine, claims that his daily visits to The Hermitage museum along with a close knit group of artistic friends led him to embrace drawing and painting as a career. Ilya has been living and exhibiting regularly throughout New Zealand for the past 5 years, and most recently his work Canus Lupus was selected to feature in the 2014 NZ Painting & Printmaking Award exhibition.
Volykhine is currently living half the year on Waiheke Island and the other half on the South Island. He has worked as a professional artist since 1991 and has exhibited in NYC, Maui, Los Angeles, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown. During his eight year stint in Australia, Ilya's work gained much critical acclaim and was featured in many prestigious Award exhibitions there and he also has numerous works in both public and private collections around the world.