A unique exhibition, ‘Reflecting Artistic Legacy’, bringing together for the first time almost 150 works of 34 Ukrainian artists, was opened last night in the AUGB’s Gallery in Notting Hill Gate. 

Celebrating Ukrainian artistic talent from the 1940s until the present day, the exhibition is dedicated to the works of the post-war immigration to Great Britain.

AUGB Chair Petro Rewko welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about the time and effort that had gone into preparing the exhibition and its catalogue. He thanked all those involved and In particular, Dr. Ludmila Pekarska, for her mammoth input into bringing everything together in time for the opening,

 AUGB Deputy Chair, Iryna Terlecky, highlighted the labour of love that is evident in all of the works on display – a love of art, a love of colour and most of all, a love of life.  

“Many of the artists came to the UK having lived through the horrors of the Second World War. They not only had to build a new life, they built new experiences, developed their talents, and they built a heritage of art and beauty that we can all be very proud of.

“They are joined by a new wave of Ukrainian artists: those who were born here to the first post-war settlers or their descendants and those who have come more recently from Ukraine to study and work in Great Britain. 

“They all share the legacy of Ukraine’s heritage and traditions, and demonstrate their talent through their works.

“This is the labour of love that you see on display around you and I very much hope that you enjoy viewing the wide array of different styles on display – all of which are full of life and full of the artistic heritage passed on from generation to generation.”

Shevchenko Library & Archive Curator Ludmila Pekarska provided a brief resume about each artist and their respective works.  There was the talented icon painter Oleksandra Korostovets and her students, Olena Jenkala and Iryna Solomka; the renowned Vasyl Perebyinis who developed his talents in Paris before moving to the UK; the highly regarded graphic designer Rostyslav Hluvko and his various techniques; Halya Mazurenko who studied in Prague in the 1930’s and was a student of the remarkable Robert Lisowskyj… All of these and more are exhibited and the 132 page catalogue contains more examples of their works together with brief bilingual biographies.

Dr Pekarska thanked all who had helped to make the exhibition and catalogue possible and concluded: “We have something that we can all be very proud of and we are all very proud that we had so many great artists in our midst!”

The exhibition will remain open to 20 October.

Photos to follow…


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