Hay Hill Gallery is proud to present Russian born artist Timur D'Vatz, one of Central Asia's most successful figurative painters. Born in Moscow in 1968 to artist parents, D'Vatz grew up in a bohemian family, completing his studies at the Republic College of Art (Uzbekistan) and London's Royal Academy in 1996. He has since won several awards including the Guinness prize for First Time Exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, 1994; the A.T Keany prize, 1996; and the B.P Portrait award at London's National Portrait Gallery, 2002.
Drawing mythology from his own studies into Eastern and Western spirituality, D'Vatz's emblematic works are meticulously detailed. He fuses vibrant byzantine colours with the ancient culture and traditions of Central Asia to create powerfully iconic images. Peering into these metallic panels we are drawn into darkly oriental fairytales with velvety horses and mossy gold forests. Crowned with pallid faces and crescent moon eyebrows, the elegant fairytale creatures lure us into hauntingly mnemonic landscapes.
Many of these dreamy scenes feature the timeless metaphor of the chase. Illuminated by their bejewelled hunting robes or the glittering eyes of wild animals, these hunters close in around their prey. D'Vatz believes that through telling and retelling familiar stories we can âfind rejuvenation in the eternal youth of the ancients; in core ideas that do not lose meaning as time passes but rather gain new significance with each historical transition'. D'Vatz leads us through the paintings, deeper into the subconscious mind, on a spiritual voyage between the traditions of east and west. Leaving a trail of richly illustrated pages scattered in his wake, D'Vatz's eternal quest is about retelling the same stories to better understand ourselves
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