LAND WHICH CREATED THE MASTER
The Crimean artistic life is rather dynamic
and rich. However, among regularly changing exhibitions that abound
in landscapes we don't notice that from exposition halls thematic
pictures and portraits are disappearing and that watercolors are
becoming a leading genre of graphic department. We should pay more
attention to those masters who want to return its past fame to engraving
that according to its creative abilities was equaled to painting.
Yaroslav Myskiv is the artist in whose work not only different artistic
school features are combined but geographically and historically
different cultures. He was born in Ternopolschhina (Ternopilska
region, Ukraine), studied in Lviv, the Crimea became the source
of inspiration and achievements.
Sometimes life grants you meetings which seem to be chance ones
from the first sight but they actually may be determining for your
future life. Myskiv even now with thanks recalls R. Vasylyka - professor,
director of department of sacral art at Lviv Academy of Arts, and
D Dovbushynskyj - assistant professor of painting at of that time
Lviv Applied and Decorative Art Institution, Honoured Art Worker
of Ukraine. It was at their lectures that artist-beginner saw printing
press and started to master etching. In Sevastopol he was supported
by G. Brusentsov, maybe the only artist who on the background of
mandatory patriotic-production themes managed to determine philosophical
and contemplating orientation of his work. And the high appreciation
of Myskiv's works by the classic of Crimean art D. Bisti put him
to the range of the leading masters of Crimean graphics.
Creative growth of Myskiv was clear: he always naturally learned
and developed only those things which met his moral principals and
his internal needs. On consolidating his positions he has never
thrown himself to contradictory movements experimenting perhaps
only with technical skills. Aquatint, mezzo-tinto, dry-point… it
is necessary for Myskiv to master these skills in order to arrange,
bring together his impressions, views which are clashing, interacting,
and changing from youth to maturity, from love to landscape to broader
world perception. Spectators, however, are not interested in the
way the work is made, they only wonder what made artist depict this
or that phenomenon what was he thinking about while creating his
work of art.
Ancient Chersoneses is the first love and first Crimean theme of
Myskiv. It has been accompanying him for twenty years. The marble
torso of a woman turned away from spectator suddenly gets softness
of a living body. The head of the antique statue lying on the sea
shore among ancient mussels - these are contrasting masses of light
and shadow, clear creative expressiveness of shape at first amazes
you by arousing in you two opposite feelings of concrete and unreal,
but gradually leads you to the main thing - this is our past and
Exquisite simplicity and visual lightness of etching by Myskiv are
deceptive. It is this technique that reveals character of artist
capable to save the sense of freshness and not to lose thread of
his thought while making an etching. The whole way from first marks
made by etching needle or a burin to anxiously expected print is
passed by author by himself without printer's help.
In Myskiv's landscapes prevails silence. With a mastery hand he
sets bridges and aqueducts, boats on river banks, architectural
buildings, but deserted and in a way distracted, they go beyond
the scope of everyday life, making us not only feel the author's
mood but also be fascinated by the surrounding world and the same
time be saddened because of the ephemeral beauty of its objective
display. Obvious "dialog" between the painter and the
material is trustful and harmonious; it is possible only due to
polite attitude to the leaf, to the instrument, the lathe. The subject
suggests the choice of techniques, sometimes of pure, sometimes
of mixed one, and being at times unforeseen, it gives the painter
an opportunity to improvise, or being subdued, it helps to express
the planned. That's why in Myskiv's works you sense dampness of
late autumn, transparency of clear day, hear the squeak of old trees
and rustle of dry leaves. But for all perceptible probability, no
sense of penetration in some hidden mystery is remained, and getting
amazed at this you start to comprehend that sense is generated by
special property of etching leaf which velvet glimmering surface
picturesquely depicts "makes" brightly aerial environment
and variety of strokes, sometimes deeply solid, at times dashing,
now light and delicate like an ancient lace brings forth new and
new shades of picturesque sounding.
Myskiv is a man of few words in life as well as in his creative
work. His onlooker captured by a magical language of metaphor and
symbols builds up himself the topical plot discovering eternal verities.
Life is diverse; it generously provides us with the material and
the topics which firmness is obvious and inexhaustible. A woman…
portrait-perceived, elevated to the ideal, attractive in her pure
in her nakedness and honoured in the classical image of Virgin Mary
- the motifs that are played up from different angles, in various
techniques and each time with an exaltation of discovery.
Indissoluble connection with all that surrounds her, is the main
leitmotif of monotypes by Myskiv. This technique is especially attractive
for Myskiv of recent years as it gives space for immediate and spontaneous
embodiment of impressions, gives warmth and a trace of free hand.
Reality is visible and imaginable, nature is like a push, reason
but in no way of minor importance, because only being with it you
may conduct a rich and frank conversation that gives you a right
to interpret the reality, create it anew, in your own way. Flowers,
sea, cities woven from line rhythms, sizes, coloured spots like
mirages change their outlines turning into either or chamber epic
visions this way giving rise to different associations - of sadness
and delight, of concentrated thoughtfulness, and coloured with warm
golden tonality - give a sense of purity and spiritual fullness.
The creative work of the Honored artist of Crimea, of Sevastopol
graphic artist Yaroslav Myskiv is greatly defines the level and
character of modern art.
Inspired by its own vision and thought, free from "modern"
trend and influences, it always manages to find its admirer, thinking
Magazine " Fine art " ¹ 2, 2003 year. pages. 78 - 79.