Suggestive of old Orthodox iconography, early Netherlandish painting and a little bit of Cubism, the art of Jerusalem-based painter Alexander Gurevich ranges from the colourfully ostentatious (royal theatres, feasts) to the absolutely mundane (sewing machines, teabags). Everything – high or low, memorable or ordinary – is accorded a whimsical air that is certainly the artist’s own.
Alexander Gurevich was born in 1944 in Alapaevsk, Ural (former Soviet Union). He was educated first at the Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute (LETI) (now Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University) and later at a High Art College named Muhina (now Saint Petersburg Art and Industry Academy). He migrated to Israel with his family in 1993.
The Estonian art historian and critic Boris Bernstein wrote of his works: “Workmanship, colour and ‘some similar cause’ are what make Gurevich’s paintings special aesthetic events. He is, of course, bound by the content and the meaning of the message, but at the same time he asserts the right to be free of all conventions and to play with artistic elements as he desires and skills dictate.”
Alexander Gurevich’s paintings are included in the collections of the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) The Judah L. Magnes Museum (Berkeley, California), the Center of Modern Art (Osaka, Japan) and Museum Gissen (Gießen, Germany).
Featured artwork above is “Self-Portrait”.
Images used with permission.