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BRAMA, August 30, 2000, 9:00am EDT

Collection of Hnizdovsky oils on the block
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Exhibition: Jacques Hnizdovsky: THE STILL LIFES
September 9th through October 21st, 2000
Hours: 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday

Lepore Fine Arts
58 Merrimac Street
Newburyport, MA

A rare opportunity to appreciate the work of Jacques Hnizdovsky, an innovative painter recognized for his unique view of the natural world, will be offered by Lepore Fine Arts in their upcoming exhibition, Jacques Hnizdovsky: THE STILL LIFES. The gallery will feature a group of 20 paintings highlighting the artists extraordinary ability to capture the elements of design in everyday objects.

The exhibition and sale will take place from September 9th to October 21st, 2000 at Lepore Fine Arts gallery. A fundraising preview to benefit the Montserrat College of Art "Angel Program" will be held on Thursday, September 7th from 6-8 pm. The public is invited to attend a special Gallery reception on Sunday, September 24th from 4-6 pm.

Works on display include:
Basket of Beans (1953)
The "Stove" (1954)
The Kitchen Sink (1955)
Two Bags/Lemons and Tomatoes (1956)
Basket of Tomatoes (1957)
"Le Fantueil" (1956)
Crate of Wine (1956)
"Potatoes" (1957)
The Bureau (1957)
"Turnips" (1980)
Radishes, Corn and Celery (1983)
Potatoes Three Kinds (1984)

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Oil on canvas
1980, signed

Paint Brushes (Gray)
Oil on canvas
1969, signed

Basket of Beans
Oil on canvas
24 1/8"x16 1/8"
c. 1953, signed

Potatoes - Three Kinds
Oil on canvas
1984, signed

Radishes, Corn and Celery
Oil on canvas
1983 signed

Onions - Three Kinds
Oil on canvas
1983 signed


© M.Pyziur
J. Hnizdovsky, 1973

Hnizdovsky, Jacques [Hnizdovs'kyj, Jakiv],
b 27 January 1915 in Pylypche, Borshchiv county, Galicia, d 8 November 1985 in New York.

Painter, engraver, and book designer. Having studied at the academies of art in Warsaw and Zagreb, he settled in the United States in 1949. In his paintings and prints he reduced objects to their primeval structure of lines and forms, and called this style 'simplified realism.' Among his oils are multifigural compositions such as The Homeless (1947), also known as Displaced Persons, portraits, landscapes, numerous still lifes, and entire series on the Paris metro, New York skyscrapers, and the Bronx brownstones. The same precision and devotion to detail is displayed in his woodcuts, which number close to 250. They include some extremely intricate works, eg, Field (1962), Sunflower (1965), and Two Rams (1969). Starting with a style close to Durer's, he absorbed elements of old Ukrainian engravings, Chinese and Japanese woodcuts, and various modern tendencies, and molded them into a personal style that brought him international recognition. Hnizdovsky illustrated many books, including Slovo o polku Ihorevi (The Tale of Ihor's Campaign, 1950), M. Halun Bloch's Ukrainian Folk Tales (1964), Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1967), and the album Flora Exotica (1972). He also designed several hundred book covers (among them the Encyclopedia of Ukraine) and a large number of bookplates.

Hnizdovsky began to display his work at Ukrainian exhibitions in Germany immediately after the war. One man exhibitions of his work have been held at leading galleries in New York, New Orleans, Paris, and London. Traveling exhibits of his works were organized in the United States in 1967 and in Canada in 1973. His woodcuts have been included in group exhibits of the Society of American Graphic Artists and a number of exhibits in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa sponsored by the US Information Agency. His works are included in the permanent collections of art museums (Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia), museums, galleries (Winnipeg, Addison), universities (Duke, Delaware), and libraries (New York Public Library, Library of Congress), and in numerous private collections.

- S. Hordynsky, Encyclopedia of Ukraine, 1988.

The Kitchen Sink
Oil on canvas
40 1/4"x20"
1955, signed

Crate of Wine
Oil on canvas
1956, signed

The "Stove"
Oil on canvas
1954, signed

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