For Immediate Release: October 5, 2018
The Byrne Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia
The Byrne Gallery celebrates its 23nd 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 15th consecutive exhibition in Middleburg, Virginia. The Gallery will feature new works from his 2019 museum world-tour and the exhibition will continue through December 31st.
This year, Yuri Gorbachev turns 70 years old! And, it is also an important year for him since he is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of his career in art. His first solo show was in 1968 in the former Soviet Union. Now in 2018, Yuri has had more than 200 solo exhibitions worldwide. He has exhibited his work on the continents of North America, South America, Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa.
More than two billion people have seen his magnificent paintings in art galleries, on TV and in hundreds of magazines and newspapers like Elle, GQ, and the New York Times. Many of these also carried his famous advertisement for Stolichnaya Vodka.
Yuri’s work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty museums around the world, including the Louvre Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Russian National Museum of St. Petersburg. His work hung at The White House, has been on exhibit at the United Nations, and is in numerous important private collections worldwide.
Yuri brings his newest paintings from Russia to Middleburg. He is now on a “world-tour” with Museum 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 Byrne and Bill Byrne for their anniversary celebration of the opening the Byrne Galley. The opening reception will be on November 17, 2018 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 leaf. 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.
The reception for the artist will be at The Byrne Gallery on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 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 23rd 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.