"Everything in the world should be understood as a mystery," - as distinguished artist Giorgio de Chirico once remarked. Indeed: any artwork is a kind of mystery. After all, each artist will create his or her own world, and to "read" this world is a fascinating task for art lovers. We must have skills and courage to peek into the face of this mystery.
Oles Ilchenko, Ukrainian writer and painter, creates his art worlds
at different times and in different countries. He was born and established himself in Kyiv, Ukraine, and got his degrees in Kyiv
and Moscow; exhibited his art photographs in his hometown
and lectured in Geneva, Belgrade and Krakow. Oles Ilchenko's books have been published in Ukraine, Great Britain, and Serbia, and his poems have been translated into a number of European languages. Oles has been living in Geneva for a long time, and travelled across Europe and beyond. Impressions of the diverse world are reflected
in the artist's paintings, which are stored in private collections in Switzerland, Germany, France, Ukraine, Monaco, and Poland.
Oles agrees that the meaning of a painting cannot be the exact picture which you see reflected on the canvas. This is what painters do. If you listen to an artist, it is different: he needs to transfer emotions on the canvas and to merge with flowing images and colors. After all, painting frees our consciousness from the gray, often dull reality, which creates a true picture of the world. The painting reminds us of the mentioned feeling of a sense of mystery
of eternity in ubiquity. In Oles Ilchenko’s paintings we see connections among the worlds and transition from one emotional state to another. There
is often no physical space in the lyrical works of the artist. We must determine that what was supposed to be space is in fact a conditional boundary between everyday reality and the existence of a higher order. A symbol is a symbol because it is not a subject to unambiguous interpretation. The symbolism of Oles's paintings captures the subjective ideas of the author and his excitement.
Oles Ilchenko's paintings are, on one hand, visualization of emotions, and on the other, - integral art objects. This is a new artistic reality, "the great sea
of being," in Dante's words. In some of Oles’s paintings in the "nude" genre, the female body is presented not only without classical canons, but also without artificial glamor. Corporeality on these canvases is self-sufficient. Naked body, in the new self and even in the imagination of the viewer creates
the energy of desire, rounding streams of libido. Abstract landscapes in the artist's paintings are something greater than images of nature. They are symbols of a beautiful world. The artist is a person who does not seek to conquer the world. The author wants to seek understanding with it, to indefinitely "fit" into the environment, to become a harmonious and integral part of it.
Oles's abstract landscapes are tactile and sensual: the artist's attitude to the living nature is based on love and attention. He often thinks in the vast expanses of Lake Geneva with its great shores. The author is attracted by deserts, jungles, tropics and Ukrainian landscapes. The painter seeks to depict
an environment that has no beginning or end. Oles turns to a true panoramic view of nature. The viewer's gaze in front of Oles's paintings seems
to dissolve into the world of beauty. Subtle light of this picture opens the harmony of life and easily gives warmth, gentleness, and positivity. Real poetry lives in the works of the artist. They attract feelings of the special, elusive and charming. The colors in the canvas change, they play
with lyricism and tenderness.
This is an incomprehensible and wonderful work of the imagination and eyes. Paints and canvas suddenly become single and true whole. This new quality can not be examined using rational analysis. But this is not necessary. It's just beauty from Oles Ilchenko, which brings us all back to joy. And people especially need joy and beauty.