Among the artist’s nearly five dozen watercolors, as much as 12 honor the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko. Inspired by Shevchenko’s landscapes, they illustrate different periods of his life and are based on his works including Bohdan Khmelnytsky’s Church in Subotiv (painted in 1845), In Sedniv (1846), Novopetrovskaya Fortress (1856), Mountainous Coast of St. Nicholas Island (1849), Aral Sea Shore (1849), Turkmenian Mausoleums in the Kara-Tau (1851-58), Shevchenko’s Parental Home (1843), Vydubychi Monastery (1844), and The Oak (1860). Noteworthy, these are actually not copies, but new works inspired by the Great Bard of Ukraine’s legacy, for they were done in the watercolor pointille technique which involves creating a figure out of very small colored dots of paint, making for a unique art style and allowing for a new approach to Shevchenko’s paintings.
Viktor Danylenko was born in the town of Talne, Cherkasy region, near Moryntsi, Shevchenko’s native village. He graduated from Kyiv Institute of Civil Engineering’s department of architecture in 1968, taking interest in painting during his studies and making it his second profession after architecture. Danylenko worked as chief architect at the Crimean Research and Restoration Workshop of the KrymNDIproekt Institute in the 1970s and took part in drafting restoration projects for many architectural monuments of the Crimea, including the Genoese Fortress in Sudak, Juma-Jami Mosque in Yalta, Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai, Yeni-Kale Fortress in Kerch, Livadia and the Vorontsov Palace in Yalta, and museum houses of Aivazovsky, Grin, and Voloshin in Feodosia. Danylenko is now working on a restoration project for St. George’s Church at Holy Dormition Monastery in Bakhchysarai.
BOHDAN KHMELNYTSKY’S CHURCH IN SUBOTIV
“Architecture calls for a combination of a sense of proportion, drawing taste, and engineering sense,” the head of the Crimean branch of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine Stepan Lapychak said. “All three are parts of the profession of architect. Some are stronger in the visual arts, some again prefer engineering art. In the present case we deal with the phenomenon of Danylenko, who prefers to think mostly in images and colors, textures, compositions, lighting. He is just a good, regular architect, example of a breed whose numbers have been steadily falling.”
Exhibition of watercolors by Danylenko will run at the Simferopol Art Museum until January 28.