The first major exhibition in the UK of young Ukrainian painters will open this evening with a private viewing at the Association of Ukrainians of Great Britain’s Notting Hill gallery. ‘Ukraine’s Best Unveiled’ will feature the pick of the brightest talents from among graduates of Ukraine’s prestigious art academies. 

Ukraine has a long tradition of producing gifted, young painters but few get the opportunity to win wider international recognition, particularly in the West. This exhibition aims to change all that.  

The exhibition will present a wide range of artists from Kharkiv, Lviv, Crimea and Kyiv: Olena Melnykova, Ruslan Tarasov, Tetyana Fastenko, Maria Kryzhanovska, Yulia Petrova and Liubov Senchuk.

All seven painters are rising stars in Ukraine. They exhibit widely back in their home country and are fast catching the eyes and pockets of individual collectors. Their work is in private collections in USA, Norway, Japan, Israel, Turkey, Poland, France, Hungary and the Czech Republic. They represent a variety of styles including realism, expressionism, surrealism as well as landscape, portraiture and abstract.

Relative isolation means Ukrainian art has developed its own independent style with a relaxed and optimistic expression, which makes it refreshingly distinct to Western artistic tastes. 

The seven painters won a competition for gifted Ukrainian artists at a 2012 Plein Air - an annual event established by an art gallery in Prague. They lived and worked together in August to create a body of work for a special exhibition in the Czech capital.

British television producer Philip Wright met the artists at their Plein Air and immediately became a passionate advocate of their work and Ukrainian art. He believed it should be presented to a wider audience in a major centre of international art such as London. The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain agreed to partner an exhibition in their gallery in the heart of fashionable Notting Hill. A film by Philip Wright of the artists at work is being shown alongside the pictures. 

The exhibition will also feature work by other young artists who won places on the previous two years Plein Airs: Anna Alpatieva, Nataliya Makarchuk, Andriy Naboka, Anatoli Pankovyk, Olexander Stupak, Olga Zaulychna and Alina Basetska. They are all graduates of the National Academy of Art and Architecture in Kyiv and bring a further variety of styles and subjects.

The exhibition runs from 19th October until the 2nd November (Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm and Saturday & Sunday, 27th and 28th from 1pm to 5pm).

The exhibition includes over 100 oil paintings, watercolours and encaustic works.

Private viewing is on 18th October from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Exhibition Address:  49 Linden Gardens, London W2 4HG.

For further details please contact Ludmila Pekarska: Phone number: 020 7229 8392. Email:




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