Dmitry Gretsky

Home: Thornhill, Ontario
Title: Series Borderline: Mor
Media: Oil bars on canvas / bâtonnets d’huile sur toile
Dimensions: 200 x 195 cm

Figurative art, group portraits, multi-figure compositions together with the genre of paraphrase comprise the sphere of my artistic interests. Often manifold enlargement and large formatting of my paintings allow bringing out in even the smallest object some quality normally not in character for this particular object, such as monumental-ity and significance. Such mega-scale gives most characters new meaning and a new voluminous “voice”. Creation of a smooth surface for each image, through the special artistic technique where the edge of the palm of hand is used to even the surface of the painting allow me to reach a specially deep graduation of tonalities. Reorganizing, rethinking and re-visioning of the historical events and facts, and searching for parallels between them create the base that I use as a source for my inspiration.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1970. Lives and works in Toronto, Ontario

1995 MFA in Studio Art, The State St. Petersburg Art Institute n.a. I. E.Repin, Russia

2008 Shapiro, Blockbuster Auction of Russian Art, New York, NY, USA, April 17
2007 MacDougall, Friday 15 June 07
2001 Sotheby’s, ArtLink@Sotheby’s

2012 The Kress Project Winner, The Georgia Museum of Art, U.S.A.
2010, 2009 Kandinsky Prize Long list Nominees, Moscow, Russia
2010 Sobey Art Award Nominee, Canada
2010 The State Award “Innovation”, Nominee, Moscow, Russia
1998  Grant from the Pollok-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY, U.S.A.

2012 “Borderline”, Gisich Gallery, Solo Show, St. Petersburg Russia
2011 “Terracotta”, Aidan Gallery, Solo Show, Moscow, Russia
2011 “Magda&Lena”, Gisich Gallery, Solo Show, St. Petersburg Russia
1998 “Signs”, The State F. Dostoevsky Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
1997 “Highway 787”, The State A. Akhmatova Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
1996 “Meat Factory”, Gallery Pont Neuf (Md. Chirac Association), Paris, France
1993 “Objects”, Vress Municipal Cultural Center, Belgium

2013 Realism. Photorealism. Photo, AG Contemporary Art, New York, NY.
2010 Gallery Moos at The Burroughs Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2010, 2009 Kandinsky Award
2010 Long List Nominee, Moscow, Russia
2002 Biennial of Contemporary Russian Graphic, C.A.S.E. Museum, NJ, USA
2000 “The Wonderful Seven”, C.A.S.E. Museum, Jersey City, NJ
2000 “Young Russia”, Grant Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1998 “The children of Perestroika”, Zalman Gallery, New York Gallery Building

Colart Collection, Montreal, Canada
Erarta, Museum of Contemporary Art, St-Petersburg, Russia
C.A.S.E. Museum of Contemporary Russian Art, Jersey City, U.S.A.
The State Benout Museum, Peterhoff, Russia
The State Modest Musorgsky Museum, Russia
Petrozavodsk State Art Gallery, Petrozavodsk, Russia