|The Art Gallery schedules various exhibits of Ukrainian nature, hosting Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian artists and showcasing their work. Contemporary, historical and traditional folk art communicates Ukrainian culture and shows our visitors the diverse and rich components of Ukrainian Culture.
The Centre accepts donations of artwork to add to its art collection. Donated artwork is cleaned, catalogued and stored. Oseredok's collection includes works by such artists as Gritchenko, Trutovsky, Levytsky, Hnizdovsky, Maydanyk and Stryjek. Oseredok's collection of art is used for research, in-house exhibits, as well as loans to associate galleries across Canada.
click to enlarge |Gritchenko, A.|
Print 85/200. N.d.
Alexis Gritchenko (the French spelling of the Ukrainian Hryshchenko) was born in Northern Ukraine in 1883. After studying at Kyiv, St. Petersburg and Moscow universities, he played an important role in the modern art movement in pre-revolutionary Russia and travelled to France and Italy. In 1919, he escaped by way of Crimea to Constantinople, and though he led a life of poverty, Gritchenko continued to paint. He is best known for his watercolours from Byzantium.
click to enlarge |Trutovsky, K. |
Oil on canvas, 1868.
Kostiantyn Trutovsky was born in Kursk, 1826. He studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and became an influential painter and graphic artist. Working in a realistic-academic style, Trutovsky's work concentrated on genre paintings depicting life in Kursk gubernia and Ukraine. His work is recognized for its critical portraits of social and political problems.
click to enlarge |Levytsky, M. |
Oil on canvas, 1967.
Myron Levytsky was born 1913 in Lviv, Ukraine, and, at the age of 12, began his formal training at the famous Olexa Novakivsky School of Art. The painter, later to be known as LEV, is one of the most prominent Ukrainian artists to have worked outside of Ukraine. His works include hundreds of book designs and illustrations, several hundred oil paintings and prints, as well as ten churches he painted in Ukraine, Canada, and Australia.
click to enlarge |Hnizdovsky, J. |
Woodcut 19/30, 1961.
Jacques Hnizdovsky was born 1915 in Western Ukraine, and settled in the United States. He studied at the academies of art in Warsaw and Zagreb, and became known for his work as a painter, engraver, and book designer. He is known for his precision and devotion to detail in his woodcuts as well as oil paintings, which display elements of old Ukrainian engravings, oriental woodcuts, and various modern tendenices.
click to enlarge |Maydanyk, J.|
Vuiko Shtif cartoon illustration
Pen and ink on paper, 1930s.
Jacob Maydanyk was born in Ukraine in 1892, and came to Canada at the age of nineteen. He received art training in Ukraine, and continued his studies in Canada to become a teacher. Maydanyk was known for his religious paintings, iconography, and his satyrical cartoon character "Vuiko Shtif" [Uncle Steve] who was conceived in an attempt to expose and destroy the social ills of the Ukrainian community in Canada during the first few decades of the twentieth century. Maydanyk owned and operated the Providence Church Goods store in Winnipeg, where he had his studio.
click to enlarge |Stryjek, D. |
Mixed media on paper, 1976.
Born 1899 in Ukraine, Stryjek arrived in Canada in 1923. He worked as a farmer, and a CN sectionhand, and retied to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1977. Described as "an artist of extraordinary inventiveness and vision" he gained recognition as a painter in the late 1970s. The depictions of religious, historical, and cultural icons reflect the unique language of this self-taught "folk artist."