THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: SOLO EXHIBITION OF ZURAB TSERETELI IN BAHRAIN
Venue: Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center (BIECC), Kingdom of Bahrain
In the Kingdom of Bahrain within the International Art Fair “Art Bahrain Across Borders 2018” there was a solo exhibition of works by the People’s Artist of the USSR and Russia, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli entitled “The Language of Flowers” featuring the artist’s enamels and canvases.
In the world art history flowers take a special place becoming symbols of centuries-old history of feelings, emotions subtly hidden behind allegorical lilies, irises or violets. The language of flowers fr om the canvases of great masters speaks no less eloquently than novels from each of the epochs. Flowers become either main characters or modestly complement compound compositions. Like a stem they permeate the eras and numerous artworks created by hundreds of artists from around the world.
And today, flowers continue to inspire contemporary creators for new searches. Among them is Zurab Tsereteli. The master born in sun-rich Georgia is always looking for the energy of the southern light to embody it in his works. For Tsereteli, flowers are a concept of his creative development, a special artistic vision. Through the language of flowers the artist shares with the viewer his joys and sorrows, tries to express the things that cannot be spoken out. For him to paint flowers means a constant training of eyesight, imagination, perception of the surrounding world.
“Almost everywhere, wh ere I live, work, either it is Moscow, Paris or New York I feel the lack of light. We are having so many grey days without any sun at all. And I receive my part of sun from flowers! They give me the sense of live and 3-D color” – says the master.
The vast pictorial series of flowers by Zurab Tsereteli can hardly be called still lives as these are deep images, multi-sided characters which reveal both strong emotions and idyll. Zurab Tsereteli’s favorite flower is a sunflower reminding of the sun. Flowers show a special view of the artist who looking at the nature manages to create an amazing set of combinations not similar to each other.
The specific feature of Zurab Tsereteli’s work is love of life, some positive gene, which is peculiar to the artist himself. If it were possible to identify his main themes, we would have to name Love, Joy, Kindness, and among his characters – Nature and Man.
Flowers are involved by the master to develop each of these themes, as well as the inner essence of the characters. They have been executed in the noble bronze complementing sculptural images and in complex compositions in enamel. And the artist’s canvases full of numerous flowers become messengers of love and light and boundless possibilities of art granted to us for an infinite number of creative searches.