Entrance into the Unknown
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
What is guaranteed?
Sale of artworks to benefit the International Rescue Committee to help support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine
Entrance into the Unknown
signed and dated 019; signed, titled and dated twice and marked with the artist's thumbprint on the reverse
oil on canvas
150 by 70 cm. 59 by 27½ in.
framed: 162.5 by 82.5 cm. 64 by 32½ in.
Executed in 2019.
Please note the colours in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings.
This work is in very good condition. Surface abrasions with minor associated losses can be seen in the upper right and upper left of the composition. There are two surface scratches to the green elements towards the middle of the left edge which appear to have been retouched. Isolated areas of minor paint shrinkage are visible in places. The surface is covered in a light layer of dirt. Inspection under UV light confirms the aforementioned areas of possible retouching and reveals an uneven varnish layer. Framed.
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Ivan Turetskyy was born in 1956 in Krasnoyarsk, USSR, graduating from the Lviv State Institute of Art in 1982. His post-Futurist, brightly coloured abstract canvases filled with dynamic rotating rhythms evoke the work of the pioneers of Ukrainian modernism, including Alexander Archipenko and Oleksandr Bohomazov. In the artist's words, 'The concept of colour, for me, is of paramount importance. The colours in my works are more important than the objects, because people can experience a wide range of emotions through colours.'
Alongside his work in painting, Turetskyy is also the co-founder of the Ukrainian Heraldic Society and the creator of several important coats of arms, including the small state coat of arms of Ukraine and the modern coat of arms of Lviv.
*The Consignor is donating 100% of the hammer price from the sale of this and other designated artworks, to be sold during Sotheby’s Contemporary Discoveries online sale held from May 13-19, 2022, to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization that is helping to support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine. In addition, in relation to these designated artworks, Sotheby’s will donate 1) 100% of its Overhead Premium to IRC, and 2a) where the artwork is consigned by Ukrainian artist(s), 100% of its Buyer's Premium to such artist(s), and 2b) for all other artworks, its Buyer's Premium, after deducting expenses, to IRC. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible. For more information about the IRC, visit www.rescue.org