Elena Barkhatkova

Minsk, Belarus

Biography

May 24, 1965 born in Slutsk, Minsk region
1977-1980 studied at the Slutsk Art School under V. Sadin
1980-1984 studied at the Minsk Glebov Art School under O. Lutzevich
Since 1993 has lived in the village of Khoruzhi near Minsk.

Elena Barkhatkova — a springtime person — was born on May 24, during the blossoming of the gardens and the awakening of the powers of the earth. Maybe that’s why in her paintings the sun shines so bright, the flowers and the fruits sparkle so cheerfully, and the touch of the wind and the scent of the grass are so palpable. Elena unites still life and landscape in a single painting naturally and effectively: be it a contrasting chiaroscuro, a counter light of verdure, translucent in the sun like a stain-glass, or the miracles of the optical tricks of perspective. Some of the elements of Elena’s style or all of them together will enchantingly affect even those who know nothing about either the realistic tradition in painting or the dynasty of the Barkhatkovs. Elena depicts the world that surrounds her in everyday life: her and her husband’s house, garden, fields around it, the flowers and the trees that she herself looks after. The birds and the animals, all the inhabitants of her own cosmos are under her protection and care, and it may be said that the painter Elena Barkhatkova is the creator of both her paintings and the reality they depict. Powerful vitality, strong character and incredible diligence allowed a young painter Elena Novik to develop her creative individuality in the family of famous Belarusian painters Barkhatkovs. In the Minsk Glebov Art School, a painter and a distinguished pedagogue Oleg Lutsevich effectively passed on to his talented student Elena the principle of vision which he regarded as the most important for an artist: every object is a volume in space — be it a human figure or a semitransparent sphere formed by a bundle of willow twigs. Thus, through the synthesis of different influences during her education, Elena established her relationships with Space and Colour — the main instruments of the creation of the effect of physical presence that unavoidably appears around the works of Elena Barkhatkova. Each of her canvases is a pleasant trap prepared for the viewer in advance: we are immediately inside this landscape, already have visited all its surroundings and are looking at them from a distance through the bunch of flowers that we have recently plucked ourselves. It seems that while constructing the composition the author takes us, spectators, into account as a kind of «volumes», elements of composition in the space of her painting. Without being aware of it, we form a part of her works and we are assigned in this composition a specific place on our side of the spectral boundary of the canvas. But who, in turn, looks at us from the depths of her paintings through the same still life that stands between these parallel worlds? Maybe it is the Arab horses Zabava and Chatabi or their friend Fadel, walking freely around their farmstead in the village Horuzhi near Rakov — family members and art models of the married couple of the Barkhatkovs? Or maybe it is Elena herself? In any case, there are quite complicated relations between reality and illusion in her paintings; her paintings are in fact very theatrical, because Elena plays her very own game with nature. This life is far from being still and the hidden drama in it creates a kind of tension that is much appreciated by the viewers, as much as Elena’s painting technique itself, energetic, even dashing — and, at the same time, disciplined and thorough. Look at the table-stage on her canvases, at the spectacular postures of the main heroes (flowers-fruits) situated there, at the arrangement and lighting of the corps de ballet (hens, horses, dogs, cats, sometimes — staffage human figures)! Look at the scenery and wings (apple trees, sheds, lilac bushes, blooming and dry grass), at the slightly exaggerated (in the same degree as the perspective) contrasts of the tones and colors (is it something like a light make-up — the «actress Spring»?), at the wonderfully painted landscape background! Are we the spectators or the extras, staffage figures that somebody sees from the depths of the canvas, or the dear guests, of the beautiful homestead of the hostess Elena — we cannot understand anyway. It is Elena’s two sons who are more used to working with abstract notions and terms — the art historian Igor and the philosopher Anton Barkhatkov. «Facts are the most fantastic thing in the world». If we change «facts» for «reality», this idea may well give a new impulse to the development of the realistic painting that survived safe and sound here in Belarus up to the XXI century, in particular, thanks to the bright and sincere art of Elena Barkhatkova.
May 24, 1965 born in Slutsk, Minsk region
1977-1980 studied at the Slutsk Art School under V. Sadin
1980-1984 studied at the Minsk Glebov Art School under O. Lutzevich
Since 1993 has lived in the village of Khoruzhi near Minsk.

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Exhibitions

Permanent collections:

Museum of Contemporary Art in Minsk, Belarus
Ministry of Culture of Belarus, Belarus
Funds of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Belarus
Mogilev Regional Arts Museum n.a. P. V. Maslennikov, Belarus
Grodna State Museum of History and Archaeology, Belarus
National Art Museum of Belarus, Belarus
Justus Frantz Collection, Germany
Magli Collection, Italy
Romualdo del Bianco Fondation, Italy
Würth Collection, Germany

Solo exhibitions:

2015 Oneness with the Native Land / Art Gallery - Slutzk, Belarus
2011 Personal exhibition / Pride of Poland - Janow Podlaski, Poland
2009 Personal exhibition / LaSandr-Art art gallery - Minsk, Belarus
2009 The Return / Art Gallery - Slutzk, Belarus
2008 My Quiet Country / Nesvizh City Museum - Nesvizh, Belarus
2007 Personal exhibition / LaSandr-Art art gallery - Minsk, Belarus
2004 Personal exhibition / Museo della Stampa - Orzinuovi, Italy
2004 Personal exhibition / LaSandr-Art art gallery - Minsk, Belarus
2000 Personal exhibition / Fine Art Gallery Aggie Hendrikx - Roermond, Netherlands
1998 Exhibition of Barkhatkovs Dynasty / Fine Arts Museum - Murmansk, Russia
1998 Personal exhibition / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
1997 Personal exhibition / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery - Amsterdam, Netherlands
1995 Personal exhibition / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus

Group exhibitions:

2017 «Autumn-2017» / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
2016 «Haute taste» / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
2015 Belarusian Still Life Exhibition / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
2014 Central Artists’ House - 2014 / Central Artists’ House - Moscow, Russia
2014 Realistic painting exhibition / Shixiang Space - Beijing, China
2013 Four brushes / National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus - Minsk, Belarus
2012 Soul of Belarus / Embassy of Belarus - Prague, Czechia
2011 In 3B format / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
2007 Pittori dell' Est / Pinacoteca Repossi - Chiari, Italy
2007 Group exhibition of the Belarusian artists / Russian Art Gallery - Moscow, Russia
2002 Dall’ ‘800 italiano al ‘900 russo / Museo di Santa Giulia - Brescia, Italy
2002 Wiek XX / De Kazerne Galerie Wiek XX - Nieuweschans, Netherlands
2001 Belarus — to the Third Millennium / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
2000 Exhibition of Artists’ Dynasties «Fathers and Children» / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
2000 Pendulum of Time / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
2000 Landscapes of Belarus / Museo di Santa Giulia - Brescia, Italy
2000 Flowers Show / Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - Philadelphia, United States
1999 Republican Exhibition of Landscape / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
1999 Group exhibition of the Belarusian artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery - Amsterdam, Netherlands
1998 Group exhibition of the Belarusian artists / Gallery «Znad Willii» - Vilnius, Lithuania
1998 VIVAFIRENZE / Romualdo del Bianco Fondation - Florence, Italy
1997 I Grandi Maestry Bielorussi / Museo della Stampa - Orzinuovi, Italy
1997 Group exhibition of the Belarusian artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery - Amsterdam, Netherlands
1997 Group Exhibition / Galerie Rocha - Barbizon, France
1997 Group Exhibition / Fine Art Gallery Aggie Hendrikx - Roermond, Netherlands
1996 Group exhibition of the Belarusian artists / Pieter Breughel Art Gallery - Amsterdam, Netherlands
1995 Group exhibition of the Belarusian artists / Galerie Fayla - Brussels, Belgium
1989 Republican Art Exhibition «Youth-89» / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
1988 Republican Art Exhibition «Youth-88» / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
1987 Republican Art Exhibition «Youth of Republic» / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
1986 Republican Art Exhibition «Autumn-86» / Palace of Arts - Minsk, Belarus
Permanent collections:

Museum of Contemporary Art in Minsk, Belarus
Ministry of Culture of Belarus, Belarus
Funds of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Belarus
Mogilev Regional Arts Museum n.a. P. V. Maslennikov, Belarus
Grodna State Museum of History and Archaeology, Belarus
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