“Gentle Hand of Viktor Skobelev. In Memory of the Artist” Exhibition Opened at SUSU

A grand opening of the exhibition “Gentle Hand of Viktor Skobelev. In Memory of the Artist” took place at the SUSU Art Gallery.

The instalments include 42 works in oils and acrylics. Most of the works in the exhibition are landscapes. The works of this genre demonstrate all the main styles that the artist was a master of, from the subtlest types of nature in drawing and colour nuances to the chaos of strokes, in the movement of which familiar images appear.

The curator of the exhibition is an art critic, Head of the SUSU Fine Art Museum, senior lecturer of the Department of Theology, Culture and Arts Anatoly Razuev, who had friendly relations with Viktor Skobelev. The curator noted that when he found out about had happened, he immediately contacted the Union of Artists and decided to organize a commemorative exhibition.

“SUSU has hosted a personal exhibition of this talented artist for the fourth time. Most of all I like The Last Ice painting. Here the artist managed to combine both the cold gamut of the winter season and the warm gamut of spring. This work combines many themes and styles that the artist was a master of!”

Landscapes, still lifes and thematic paintings are united by the main quality of the artist’s painting that is a powerful life-affirming energy, the burning of the author's inner light, generously radiated on the viewer. And thus the artist will remain in our memory as a strong, sincere and generous romantic who fascinates you by the world of beauty that he creates.

The selection of paintings for the exhibition at the SUSU Art Gallery was handled by the artist's wife, and an art critic, Liubov Skobeleva. It was not an easy thing for her, since, according to the artist's wife, there were more than 1000 works in his collection.

“We tried to select those works that he especially valued. Among them there are the Ural landscape, landscape in the style of the Small Dutch Masters, thematic paintings on everyday themes, paintings on themes from the Bible and the Gospel, as well as flower still lifes, which the artist was especially fond of in recent years,” says Liubov Skobeleva.

Art critic Liubov Skobeleva plans to present this exhibition in the exhibition hall of the Union of Artists.

Timur Verentsev was one of the visitors to the exhibition. The young man noted that he was not familiar with the artist's work, but he was very impressed at his first acquaintance with the works.

“Beautiful autumn landscapes play with bright colours in such winter November time. I really like to see how the artist depicts the surface of the water. I think that in each of his paintings there is a certain Ural zest that can be traced in all of his work."

The exhibition is located at the SUSU Art Gallery (76 Lenin Prospekt) and is open to visitors until December 2st1 from 10:00 to 17:00, on Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00. Admission is free.

Viktor N. Skobelev (1952–2020) is a Chelyabinsk painter who worked in the genres of landscape, portrait, still life, and thematic painting. In 1977-1983 he studied at and graduated from the Department of Easel Painting of St. Petersburg Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after I.E. Repin (a workshop of People's Artist, Professor V.M. Oreshnikov). In 1988-1991 he taught at the Department of Painting and Pedagogy of the Chelyabinsk Art School. He was a member of the Union of Russian Artists since 1993. Since 1986, he was a participant of regional, all-Russian, and international exhibitions. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary diploma of the Russian Academy of Arts.


Marina Koviazina, photo by the author
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