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LAST CHANCE Valentin Gubarev: Every Thing Important
10 November 2016Free
Valentin Gubarev (born 1948) is a Russian artist who specialises in what has been called ‘collisionist’ art. He does domestic scenes of everyday life that are packed with telling detail, oddball humour, genuine warmth and often an overlay of irony.
The images are often exaggerated and grotesque, but these aren’t works of satire or criticism; there’s real affection here.
Though there’s an obvious hint of folk art and naivete in his work, his simplicity is intentional. We’re invited to see beyond the surface. The attention to detail means there’s a lot going on in his paintings, the outer shell concealing multiple underlying layers that tell a rich story about people and lives. As the title says, everything is important.
Gubarev probably deserves to be better known, though his work has been included in a number of top auctions and back in 2006 he was in the list of Christie’s top 300 artists by price paid.