Artist Kim KHALITOV  at ‘Will you bury me?’ exhibition

Artist Kim Khalitov at 'Will you bury me?'

Artist Kim KHALITOV at ‘Will you bury me?’ exhibition

An exhibition of recent paintings by abstract artist Kim Khalitov – imposing canvases reflecting his relentless attention to structure, form and colour – will open at the Atticus Arts Gallery on September 4, 2023.

Kim is a meticulous craftsman who creates his own colours from pure pigment and heated beeswax and applies each shade multiple times in parallel stripes on canvas. This technique gives his paintings formal intelligence, depth of colour and captivating energy.

In these new paintings, colour and structure are the reference points from which Kim’s geometric painting style is repelled. The edges of its diagonal stripes are saturated with colour; they gradually give way to other patterns – triangles, parallelepipeds and zigzag patterns of different widths.

Even without a narrative, Kim’s paintings evoke social commentary, as evidenced by their titles, such as You Can Do Anything!, If You Have Enough Money or Time Peaks. The artist is obviously politically aware. However, he does not name the paintings until they are finished. There is always something behind these names. Pictures dictate the titles, but the titles do not define the pictures.

From creating his own materials to carefully planning intricate drawings and painstakingly applying dozens of layers to each painting over so many weeks, emotion accompanies the artistic process. Kim’s canvases invite the viewer to share with the artist transcendent concentration, exhausting effort and ecstatic appreciation of the visions embodied in sublime works of art.

The exhibition Will you bury me? by Kim Khalitov can be seen until 8 October, 2023 at Atticus Arts Gallery (11a Queen Street, Bath).

About Atticus Arts Gallery

ATTICUS brings a fresh perspective – through championing artists from all corners of the globe. Focusing on artists at the height of their practice, the gallery showcases their work through a diverse programme of exhibitions and events.

Along with other projects of the Curtis Foundation, ATTICUS specialises in promoting art from Europe and its neighbours to introduce a greater understanding of the rich linguistic, religious and historical ties that connect these areas to international audiences. The gallery is further expanding to support artists working in digital art through its online platform.

The gallery provides a varied programme across practices such as sculpture, photography, painting, video, performance and virtual reality, as well as its programme of Tuesday Talks, which address themes and ideas surrounding the gallery’s exhibitions. Artist catalogues and books are also on offer.

In 2023, ATTICUS gallery launched the Window Project, which utilises the gallery’s façade – home page – as an additional platform for displaying art. On our online platform we present a camera flyby inside the gallery space. This is a separate exhibition that is constantly presented in video format at the home page of the gallery website. The initiative has been repurposed to support graduates from various art schools through open-call competitions, which take place a few times a year. Art Schools are among the renowned institutions that ATTICUS has partnered with for this.

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