Volodymyr Nosan – The Gallery of Eastern European Artists 2017

We can perceive in Nosan’s artwork, the folk life of Ukraine and their positive attitude towards life. His art seems to conceal under the surface of the canvas, an accordion and bandura performance of Ukrainian folk music, or a recording of the sing-songs of Ukrainian youths, or even the stories of the black soil the elderly impart under the cloak of night… Nosan’s artwork is naturalistic and tenderly amicable.

Prologue /
My View of Nosan’s Art        text by Metra Lin

Nosan, an artist that founds his artistic inspiration on his cultural roots.

His brushes record the life of the common people; Nosan’s artwork reflects the sensitive eyes through which he inspects the rural life on the black soil. Through his effort to experience their lives, Nosan attempts to portray accurately and with precision, his emotions that are inspired by their ways of living, be it joy or melancholy.

All those that Nosan depicts in his paintings, such as the beautifully pictorial views of the birch forests and the slithering rivers; the scattered objects in villages, which can be water jugs, embroidered table cloths, bread or spinning wheels; the vibrantly lively orchestra of goats, cows, dogs and running hens are all colored with Nosan’s sincere and passionate love for his fatherland.

Nosan’s representations are straightforwardly honest. In his artwork, one can see its similarity to the childish playfulness of Russian-born Chagall’s art. Both feature a strong presence of cultural identity, both employ humor and caricature. The longing for the fatherland occupies a noticeable place in their art. However, Chagall’s artwork is characterized by its fairytale-like dreaminess, whereas Nosan’s artwork gravitates towards more realistic elements. Chagall’s art is full of love; his passionate love for his wife Bella is a well identified motif of his art. Nosan’s art, on the other hand, is evidently demonstrative of a different kind of love; it permeates a love for humanity, the land and life that takes on a more impersonal character.

Nosan uses wide lines and subjective colorings to resuscitate a strong presence of the soil. A simplistic and overarching method of distortion provides a way to bypass a demand for photographic details, so as to create the desired effect of the objects being on a plane. Nosan searches for a method of representation that allows freedom and levity.

We can perceive in Nosan’s artwork, the folk life of Ukraine and their positive attitude towards life. His art seems to conceal under the surface of the canvas, an accordion and bandura performance of Ukrainian folk music, or a recording of the sing-songs of Ukrainian youths, or even the stories of the black soil the elderly impart under the cloak of night… Nosan’s artwork is naturalistic and tenderly amicable.

About Author /
Metra Lin
Founder and director of Han Art Agency, admires art that is especially sincere and mellow, art that embodies philosophical meanings and profound emotions with a tranquil ordinariness. Published works: ”The Singer on the Top of Clouds”, ”The Secret Place”, ”Breeze Blowing through the Birch Forest”, “Dreamlike Journey”, “Cen Long and his Silver Age”, “Moon and the Tree, You and I:Yasuko Hayashi”, “The Southern Cross – Cen Long, His World of Art” and “Volodymyr Nosan” etc.

Product Details / 
Chief Editor:Metra Lin
Publisher:Breeze Publishing Ltd.
Publishing Date:First Edition in January, 2018
Specification:190×270 mm / 48 pages
Language:English / Traditional Chinese
ISBN:978-986-94713-7-4
Price:13 USD