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Boris Zhurkin - painter

(1931—1998)

Boris graduated from Dushanbe College of Arts in 1955 and worked as a staff illustrator with the local publishing house up until 1959, when he decided to enroll in the Tashkent Institute of Performing and Fine Arts. After graduation Boris moved to Fergana where he lived and worked for the rest of his life.

He is famous for using a unique technique of applying oil paints to photographic paper. For many years the technique remained a well guarded secret, but we are now somewhat familiar with how he painted. He would place a large piece of paper on something that resembled a mill-wheel, which rotated while Boris used sharp knives of various shapes to spatter and mix paint on this rotating wheel.

His paintings are truly unique and beautiful, with morphing shapes and lines, great palette, and intricate details. You can spend hours looking at his pieces and you'll be surprised how many invisible details appear as if from nowhere...

 
Untitled
oil on photopaper, 19 x 25 in (48 x 63 cm)

Composition
oil on photopaper, 19 x 20 in (48 x 51 cm)

Still life
oil on photopaper, 15 x 25 in (38 x 63 cm)






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