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Sale of artworks to benefit the International Rescue Committee to help support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine
signed, titled, dated 2019 and inscribed on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
137.7 by 169.3 cm. 54¼ by 66¾ in.
framed: 152.3 by 181.5 cm. 60 by 71½ 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. There are minor scuff marks in places. There is a minor water stain in the upper right corner which appears inherent to the artist's working method. Inspection under UV light reveals no obvious signs of retouching. Framed.
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Born in 1956 in the Lisovichi village in the Kyiv region, Mykola Bilous attended the Kharkiv Art School, followed by the M. Samokish College of Fine Art in Simferopol, Crimea and the Kharkiv Art-Industrial Institute. Bilous’s large-scale, luminous canvases are inspired by his interest in cinema, evoking movie stills in which scenes are played out against a striking, pitch-black background. In his works, predominantly primary colours such as red, blue and yellow are employed, which despite their apparent ascetism, as Krystyna Zamostyanova writes, manage to 'convey life, vibrating suffering, passion, despair, exhalation, impulse...’ Bilous’s paintings are a nod to Western Pop Art tradition and its ironic interpretations found in Soviet Sots Art of the 1980s, yet as Raminta Jurėnaitė notes, ‘both the optimism of American pop artists and the sarcasm of his fellow-countrymen are foreign to Bilous. Compared to the one and the other, he is rather a melancholic.’
*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