FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2017
The Byrne Gallery is pleased to announce a special show for the Christmas Holiday Season. “Sacred Images” is a unique exhibition of over thirty Russian and Ukrainian icons from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
This new exhibit for December celebrates the joy of the holiday season with beautiful hand-painted icons on wood, bronze crosses, and traveling iconostas from Eastern Europe.
Background on the icons:
To create the actual image, the artisans first put a layer of gesso on top of the wood. The setting and figures were then painted in egg tempera. Made from the best materials available at the time, ground emeralds, rubies and sapphires were added to the paint media to achieve the jewel colors they are still known for today. Many of these icons, as evident in the selected works for the show, were then covered in jewels and silver oklad or icon covers. Rizas, or raised halos or crowns, rising off the oklads lend added majesty to the works that depict the lives of the saints, images of the Madonna and child and major feast days of the Orthodox Church.
In addition, the 22nd Anniversary of the Byrne Gallery special exhibition of Yuri Gorbachev’s paintings continues along with this exhibit through the end of the year.
Please join us to celebrate with a festive holiday reception on Saturday December 2nd, 2017 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. which is also Christmas in Middleburg Parade Day, The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street, Middleburg, Virginia. The exhibition will open for public viewing through Sunday, December 31st. Gallery hours are 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.
Yuri Gorbachev - November 2017
For Immediate Release: October 26, 2017 - Middleburg, Virginia
The Byrne Gallery celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year with a celebration and exhibition of the vivid oil and enamel paintings of internationally-acclaimed artist Yuri Gorbachev. The Byrne Gallery welcomes Yuri Gorbachev for his 14th consecutive exhibition in Middleburg, Virginia. The Gallery will feature new works from his 2017 museum world-tour and the exhibition will continue through December 31st.
This year Yuri brings his newest paintings from Russia with an exciting new Yuri is now on a “world-tour” with Museums shows in Russia, Ukraine, Europe and the Far East planned through 2021. There will be major exhibitions in the Moscow Kremlin Museum, the Novgorod (oldest city in Russia), the Borovici Museum, National History Museum of Moscow and Moscow Modern Art Museum, Odessa Literature Museum, and the Miro Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic.
And Middleburg Virginia is on this tour! He says his favorite “solo show” takes place at the Byrne Gallery, Middleburg VA. This year he continues his annual visit to join Susan and Bill Byrne for their anniversary celebration of the opening the Byrne Galley. The opening reception will be on November 11, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition is open to the public and everyone is cordially invited to attend and meet the artist.
Many local collectors may know that at the age of twenty-seven Yuri Gorbachev became a member of the prestigious Art Union of the former USSR. Since then, he has established himself as one of Russia’s most distinguished modern painters before he moved to New York in 1991. Yuri is now a proud and devoted US citizen.
Inspired by the brilliant jeweled colors of Byzantine art, the works of Faberge, and Russia’s Icon heritage, artist Yuri Gorbachev creates colorful, richly-textured canvases in oil and gold, that are widely collected and exhibited in dozens of major galleries and more than 20 museums worldwide. He has shown in the United Nations and the White House. His personally joyful and meditative artistic world combines memories of his Russian boyhood and the deep tradition of Russian Orthodox Icon painting. His art blends a radiant kaleidoscope of folk celebrations, street fairs, circuses, fairy-tales, animals, snowy winter landscapes, and images of the Romanov dynasty.
Since 2011, Yuri’s whimsical paintings have illustrated both Absolut and Stolichnaya Vodka advertisements appearing in hundreds of magazines around the world. In 2010, the St. Petersburg Museum of Urban Art & Sculpture hosted a major exhibition of his work. Tens of thousands of Russians, especially young people, attended the exhibit and broke all attendance records for the museum. In 2011, The Russian National Museum, the most important museum of Russian art worldwide, accepted Gorbachev's major oil painting Tsar Nicholas and his Family into their Permanent Collection. Gorbachev's museum tour continued through 2015, with the National Gallery of Fine Art Plovdiv, Bulgaria; The Kumu Art Museum of Estonia and The Literature Museum of Odessa, Ukraine. Future exhibitions are scheduled for Major Museums in Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg and other European cities, including Helsinki and Monaco.
In 2015, The National Gallery of Armenia obtained a painting from Yuri Gorbachev for their permanent collection. The Gallery houses one of the most prestigious Russian art collections in the world and includes such artists as Chagall, Malevich, Kandinsky, and Filonov. The Gallery selected a work entitled Adam and Eve for their permanent collection. The work was their first acquisition of Russian art in over ten years.
In 2016, Yuri is began his “World Museum Tour” including a recent show of his new collection of works in Odessa, Ukraine.
In both 2011 and 2012, Yuri Gorbachev had the honor of being commissioned to design a new label for Stolichnaya Red Vodka. The Gorbachev-designed label is derived from his painting Four Elements.
In 2016, Yuri developed a new collection of works with a brighter and even more colorful palette, especially given to the environments of the Caribbean and Florida.
The reception for the artist will be at The Byrne Gallery on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Yuri Gorbachev will be signing his book, telling stories of adventure, and speaking about his new collection during the event!
Please join us to celebrate our 22nd Anniversary and Yuri’s continued success!
The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street in Middleburg, Virginia. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.