"Beirut August" by Veronika Kyrychenko, Oil on Canvas
47,24" х 47,24"
Oil on Canvas
Original Art Work
This painting is dedicated to the catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Art and creativity have always been running like a red thread in my life. When I was a kid, I saw the world in a different way: through images. As a little girl, born in the Ural village, I enjoyed the beauty of the mountain ranges around me, felt the strength of the wind, and admired the valleys of the rivers. Every field and hill, every pond and stream was giving a feeling of peace and incredible delight in the power of nature. I grew up in a soldier's family, where the discipline was always kept. This brought up in me the strength of spirit and the ability to listen to people’s hearts...
I didn’t know that I was born to become an abstract artist then. But that crystal clear emotions from childhood led to the first insight: I was destined to convey feelings through images.
I came back to Ukraine in 1972, where my life changed and moved to a new level. My professional path was started with obtaining a biological science degree. Nature was always next to me, its presence was reflected unconsciously. I was craving for getting more information, exploring the unknown, and learning people's emotions. Why did someone choose the path of passivity, while someone kept walking against the wind? In order to find all the answers to my questions, I enrolled at the Department of Psychology. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in 2004, I wanted to help people understand their emotions, feelings and analyze their experiences... Many things happened to them, different mysterious stories were hidden in their biography. The final decision was made: I had to keep studying psychology.
This is how I became a counselor.
The creative method had always been the most interesting among individual and group therapies. Based on my experience, art therapy was the best way to reveal the inner world of a person. Sometimes we cannot describe our feelings and impressions in words, but metaphor and abstraction can show our thoughts very well. The fact is that we perceive information through images and symbols. They have their own emotional component, which is best conveyed through the image. In the process of drawing, people not only broadcast their experience but also get rid of negative emotions, feel peace and find answers to the most important questions. I used art therapy in sessions with children and adults. The results were incredible. All emotions were at a glance: joy, anger, fear, shock, admiration, and sadness…
Impressions began to accumulate during the work, and I felt an irresistible desire to share my feelings on canvas. Being inspired by memories from the past, I started painting. All the stories I had previously heard turned into an overflow of shapes and shades. Genuine emotions were displayed in the abstract pictures... I experimented with techniques and materials, transferred a vivid memory by each brushstroke.
Now I know different expensive paints, oils, and canvases. Today I am invited to exclusive exhibitions in different parts of the world, and famous galleries are happy to cooperate with me. But many years ago, when I had to raise two children on my own, all wishes seemed to be pipe dreams. It happened in the nineties when goods were in short supply. The whole country lived in poverty, and it was a great success to find good materials. But the desire to paint was so big that I took a fibreboard, stretched it over an old fabric, and primed it with the acrylic paint, which was sold at a discount due to the expiration date. This is how I created my first paintings.
The inner world can be complicated and mysterious. Due to the art therapy, I was able to reveal the true character of a person. Sometimes reality is hidden somewhere in the recesses of the soul. Trust your creativity, and you will find the origins of many things, see the meaning of everything, and reveal all unconscious worries.
Now I fulfill my goals according to the rules of ecological psychology: without damaging my inner feelings. My perception of the world and creative work bring joy both in the process and in the moment of realizing that the painting is ready. Being in harmony with the laws of the universe and feeling happy for the results, I understand that all these factors make me a successful abstract artist.
I paint combining color composition with a palette of emotional states. I trust my inner world, I allow the unconscious to reflect the past experience in the dynamics of colors and volumes. My paintings can make you think, and sometimes they refresh your memories... The compassion and experience, the ability to hear and feel, the flow that makes you being in the moment — this is what helps me create something new and be in harmony with the world.