Saatchi Gallery - Talks & Workshops


Saatchi Gallery and the Hermitage Foundation UK announce the third in their series of talks by Russian artists to be given by Denis Patrakeev

Denis Patrakeev was born in 1987 in St. Petersburg. He attended the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Faculty of Fine Arts, from 2002-2009. He has been a Member of the Professional Union of Artists since 2008.

In his art Denis reflects on the concepts of time and eternity, the imagery found in nature and the knowledge of God. Classical techniques are intertwined with elemental materials such as water, salt, earth and fire. For Denis, the spiritual sphere, minimalistic language, and harmony are of key interest.

His work is inspired by the study of nature, the connection of physical and spiritual processes and the poetry of material and form. He writes: "Is this world still life or portrait? How could art expand to faith, to find, to reveal the visible graphically expressed truth? Creativity is seen as a phenomenon brought to life by the desire to find the very essence, the cause of life itself."

The 'Russia Contemporary' lecture series focuses on inviting contemporary artists from Russia to talk about their work at the Saatchi Gallery. The artists have been selected by Dr. Dimitri Ozerkov, Head of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, and reflect the breadth and diversity of contemporary art from Russia, including both established and emerging artists.

Contributing artists will each present a rich discussion centred on their practice, and attendees will have an opportunity to both listen to and meet the artists. The series will highlight what it means to be an independent artist in Russia today and will be followed by a drinks reception, giving guests the opportunity to mingle and speak to each artist individually.

About the Forthcoming Artists

Ivan Plusch - 24 April was born in Leningrad, in 1981. He graduated from St Petersburg Art and Industry Academy. His solo exhibitions were held in RX Gallery, Paris (2017), and Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston (2016). He participated in Glasstress Gotika, collateral event of 56th Venice Biennale (2015), in the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2014), Triennale Di Milano, Kunst im Rohnerhaus (Austria), and Luther and the Avantgarde (Wittenberg), His works are held in Hermitage Museum, and Russian Museum (St Petersburg), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), and private collections. Plusch lives and works in St Petersburg. He makes paintings and installations illustrating fluidity and the passage of time.

Evgeny Graniltschikov (29th May) was born in 1985 in Moscow where he graduated from the Lyceum of Animation Cinematography (2004), the Moscow Institute of Journalism and Literature (2009), and the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia (2013). Granilshchikov became a winner of the Kandinsky Prize as New Artist. Project of the Year in 2013. His solo exhibitions were held in Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod (2017), and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2016). He participated in 15th Istanbul Biennial Parallel Event (2017) and 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (2017). He currently lives and works in Moscow directing films, making photographs and videos about contemporary life.

Andrey Kuzkin (5th June) was born in Moscow in 1979. He graduated from the department of Graphic Arts of the Moscow University of Printing Arts in 2001. He started participating in exhibitions in 2006, developing his particular style of performance art. He drew the attention of critics and curators in 2008 in the art-camp "Veretevo" during the Youth Biennale "Stop! Who Goes There?". He demonstrated several works, including the installation 'Circle-wise', which became a sensation. For several hours Kuzkin walked in a circle in a pool of liquid concrete being roped to a stick in the centre. The performance lasted till the artist could no longer knead the concrete which started to solidify. Kuzkin himself described the performance as an act of solidarity with people, who are forced to carry on their shoulders the hardness of everyday life so unbearably difficult in his country.

The series is sponsored by Hermitage Foundation UK and the IXcellerate Moscow Datacentre.

Talk Details

Speaker: Denis Patrakeev
Date: 27 March 2019
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Location: Education Room, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road, London SW3 4RY

Tickets are £12 or £5 (limited number) for Members of The Hermitage Foundation UK and/or Saatchi Gallery. To purchase tickets please follow appropriate link:

Non Members £12
Members £5

(Please note that members tickets are only valid for Saatchi Gallery or Hermitage Foundation UK Members. If you purchase a members ticket, you must be able to show a valid membership card or photo ID to gain entry to the talk).


"Holi - colour party for kids" Diwali Colour Workshop

Date: Sunday 24th March
Time: 2-4pm
Age group: It is open to all children aged 3-10 years
Price: £30 per child (includes all materials and equipment. Tickets must be bought in advance)


(no class on Sunday 24th of March or 21st April):

Sunday 17th March 2019
Sunday 31st March 2019
Sunday 7th April 2019
Sunday 14th April 2019
Sunday 28th April 2019
Sunday 5th May 2019

Time: 10.30-1.00pm or 2.00-4.30pm
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room
Price: £310, including top quality art materials
Age group: Adults (from beginners to professionals)



This course will show you how to use oil paints with the 'Primitive Flemish' technique favoured by 15th century artists such as the Van Eyck brothers. This layering approach creates maximum colour depth and three-dimensionality. The mixed use of egg tempera and oils is most archival and Ferreira taught it by request of the National Gallery of Lisbon (MNAA) at the gallery itself. There is also a variation for vegan students, which includes no egg. No toxic solvents are used in this class. This course is open to all levels.

Your teacher, Nelson Ferreira, is a qualified graduate with international experience, having worked as a visiting tutor for National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Lisbon (MNAA) as well as several universities and teaching institutions abroad and in the UK.

For more information and to book a place please contact Nelson Ferreira at:



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