Opening Reception Friday Evening, June 3, 2016, 5-8 pm
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens a new exhibition to unveil the latest luminous and imaginative encaustic paintings by renowned artist Slava TCH. “Sailing Away: The Encaustic Art of Slava TCH” runs through June 12th.
It was after immigrating to Canada in 1995 with his wife, the painter Natalia Tchstilina, and their daughter, that Slava Tch changed direction completely. He began using the ancient encaustic method, with its sculptural potential, to create rich, luminous worlds of rolling landscapes. In these worlds, neo-primitivism and abstract symbolism combine to express a yearning by TCH for the ideal. The places he now depicts seem at once both mythical and sacramental.
As he settled into his new home he also made the name he painted under easier for his new audience: Slava, in Russian, means Glory and TCH stands for Tone, Color and Harmony. This is the name he is now known by in the art world.
Encaustic painting - the medium is a combination of beeswax and pigment - was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C. It has always been a complicated process, one that requires skillful preparation of the medium and, in the use of the medium while it is in a heated, liquid state, depends on precise timing and control of temperature for its application.
For Slava TCH it is the sculptural potential of the melting wax and luminosity of the pigments that draws him so purely to this singular medium. “It is my passion to work with complicated combinations of color,” he says; “I love to paint red on red or yellow on yellow. Each of my paintings includes numerous tones of one color to convey exactly what my eyes see and my heart feels. The process of painting engulfs me fully, and the melody of my paintings just lifts me up and sweeps me away.”
While all artists can identify a range of influences on their work, in the case of Slava Tch, the collaboration with his late wife, Natalia, is especially noteworthy. Because they saw the world in much the same way, from their aesthetic sensibility to the desire to use art to suggest the ideal, the two often worked closely. Today, the main focus of Slava TCH remains the important harmony of tone and color. And, as always, in each painting, we find his sailboat, ready to carry us away.
Stop by Lanning Gallery to enjoy the newest exhibition and explore the captivating world of Slava TCH. "Sailing Away: The Encaustic Art of Slava TCH" runs through June 12th.