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The Les Gallery presents: Vladimir Ovechkin. 9 Days Before the End of the World

12 December 2012 – 9 February 2013.
The exhibition opening: 12 December, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Vladimir Ovechkin's art is marked by a somewhat detached ironical view on common things. The artist worked as a creative designer for 10 years for the popular Russian brand Formalab which produces clothes for young people, and he says that each of his paintings can be a print for a T-shirt, a dress or a jumper, and the other way round - a print can become a painting.

The exhibition is opening 9 days before the so called 'the end of the world' predicted by the ancient Mayan on 21 December 2012 - this explains the title of the exhibition. Vladimir treats this with natural irony: he presents his best paintings, so why hide and hold them back before the apocalypse?

The subjects of the paintings appear early in the morning, at 6 o'clock, when the consciousness is somewhere between sleeping and awakening. When Vladimir's mind fixes an image, he gets up and makes a sketch which then becomes a painting.

The artist's passion for travelling abroad carried him around the world - from London to Guangzhou, and influenced his artistry a lot. Images of France, Italy and other countries are well recognised in the pictures.

The paintings at the exhibition introduce the artist to the public and show some of his preferable stylistic streams: Abstract Expressionism and Pop art. Vladimir's works are up-to-date, laconic and concentrated, just like his Twitter messages, and they do not lay claim to any philosophy - they are what they are.