Poly Gallery Hong Kong

Exhibition Details

‘Two Springs’- Artworks from Lavrenty Bruni

Yellow Spring

2018

Oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm

Blue Spring

2018

Oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm

Irises

2018

Oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm

Spiral

1998

Oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm

Road to China

2017

Oil on canvas, 160 x 195 cm

Exhibition Period: 3 - 11 May 2018
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00pm ‒ 6:00pm
Venue: Poly Gallery Hong Kong
Address: 7/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 2303 9899

"Flowers and ballet dancers are two subject matters that have truly inspired me. Flowers represent colours, emotions, vitality, enthusiasm, and freedom, although my passion for the theme of flowers never actually came from painting from nature. The theme of women ballet dancers means representations of lines, beauty, forms, affections, and perfection. I dedicate these elements within my creations to the beauty of life." ---- Lavrenty Bruni

Poly Hong Kong Art Space presents ‘Two Springs’, a solo exhibition of Lavrenty Bruni, from May 3rd to 11th. We bring together more than 40 works of the artist reflecting on different stages and directions on his journey of artistic creation. Among the exhibiting works, 13 pieces are created in particular for exhibiting in Hong Kong this time with the artist’s iconic subject matter- flower and ballet, but in a more significant and complicated personality.

Lavrenty Bruni first began painting flowers in 1980, as for a poet letters were composed into words, the flowers were the basis of painting for Bruni. He could use flowers to draw everything – landscapes, still life, portraits. Flowers for Bruni were like people. Flowers remained a symbol and the embodiment of the idea of beauty, but today the artist is also attracted to the power of dance. Bruni’s light and bright ballerinas have traveled half the world and were exhibited in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Paris, Geneva, London, Tokyo, Darwin, New York, Brussels, Tel Aviv and Beijing. They are not personifications, though different soloists of the famous Moscow theatres, Bolshoi and the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, were the models posing for the artist. For the artist, ballerinas were a furtherance of admiration for female beauty in its more sophisticated manifestations. His paintings were made in a light technique. They are full of not only poetry and unearthliness, but the suddenness of the time stopping, the miracle of a momentary impression.

The destiny of Lavrenty Bruni is in tune with the time and perpendicular to it in a paradoxical way. At the height of the contemporary art development which deals with ideas and concepts but not images, he is consistently figurative if not realistic; as a representative of the famous Bruni name in Russia, (19th generation of famous Bruni’s artistic family) he bears it with dignity and yet sometimes hides under the transparent and ironic pseudonym Lavrenty B. Not to mention the fact, that his creative and life achievements challenge the old myth about a disinterest in and insecurity of the artist as factors which stimulate the creative process: Lavrenty Bruni’s exhibitions are held in different cities around the world with invariable success and famous art admirers all over the world collect his works. The paintings of Bruni were exhibited in Geneva in Artvera’s Gallery, in Basel at Baselworld exhibition, in London at the Chelsea Flower Show, in Nice in Harter Gallery, in Hakusasonso Museum in Kyoto and Karuizawa New Art Museum in Karuizawa, Japan, and in Charles Darwin Centre in Darwin, Australia and Poly Art Museum in Beijing. His works are presented in private collections in the USA, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Israel, South Africa, Argentina, France, Belgium and China.

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