Evgeny Rukhin

Selected works by Evgeny Rukhin

Evgeny Rukhin
COMPOSITION WITH SEWING MACHINE

1967

Canvas, oil

111x80
Evgeny Rukhin
COMPOSITION WITH SPHERE

1968

Mixed media/collage on burlap canvas

100x126
Evgeny Rukhin
TWO SISTERS

1968

Mixed media/collage on burlap canvas

99x79
Evgeny Rukhin
SHIP

1969

Canvas, oil, collage

100x90
Evgeny Rukhin
TWO OF DIAMONDS (DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF VLADIMIR NEMUKHIN)

1974

Canvas, oil

134x109
Evgeny Rukhin
COMPOSITION 57

1974

Canvas, mixed media

70x66
Evgeny Rukhin
UNTITLED

1971

Canvas, oil and wood collage

99x94
Evgeny Rukhin
RED COMPOSITION

1971

Canvas, oil and wood collage

100x97
Evgeny Rukhin
UNTITLED

1975

Canvas, oil and wood collage

100x97
Evgeny Rukhin
UNTITLED

1971

Canvas, oil assemblage

99x95
Evgeny Rukhin
UNTITLED

1972

Canvas, mixed media

68,5x65
Evgeny Rukhin
UNTITLED

1972

Canvas, oil and wood collage

70x66
Evgeny Rukhin
UNTITLED

1971

Canvas, mixed media

70x66
Evgeny Rukhin
COMPOSITION WITH ICON

1972

Canvas, oil and wood collage

99x96,5
Evgeny Rukhin
RED SQUARE

1971

Collage with oil and mixed media on canvas

125,5x110

Evgeny Rukhin's Biography

Evgeny Rukhin
"In the ensuing series of work I use pieces of furniture: broken chairs, tables, boxes, and other objects that civilization has discarded as useless. These things have lost their concrete and schematic reality, and are reborn in an abstract and remodeled condition... In this synthesis of contemporary art with fragments of antique objects, I express my nostalgia for former Russia".

1943 - 1976
Evgeny Rukhin’s work is characterized above all by the originality of his forms, full-bodied texture and the inner freedom of his content. Working not only with oils, but also using synthetic tempera paints, Evgeny Rukhin created unusual surfaces, allowing him to vary the effect of the painting depending on the lighting and regularly communicate a new experience to the viewer. Crossing over from these figurative works to abstraction in the late 1960s, the artist in particular used mixed techniques, compositions from the most unexpected material objects and paintings. He used fragments of furniture, old broken chairs, drawers, pieces of wood carvings. The artist often addressed religious motifs as well, using imprints from icons in his work.

‘Since the subject of religious was absolutely forbidden in official Soviet art, religious motifs in non-conformism were often of a protesting nature. On a Rukhin painting, ancient icons are represented as flowing away, melting in tears, an iconostasis with black holes, scorched by the flames of a fire, senselessly devouring the spiritual legacy of the past’. Marina Unksova