Zibiru Restaurant is pleased to announce the official opening of Art Works @Zibiru, a gallery within the restaurant which aims to recognize and showcase the work of emerging creative talents. The inaugural exhibition will feature works on paper by Russian artist, Gleb Solntsev.
Gleb’s calling was destiny from the beginning. Hailing from a legacy of classically-trained artists in Moscow, Gleb studied at Serov Art School (Moscow) and trained at the Institute of Contemporary Art and Institute of Cinematography. Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo (whose life revolved around art) and contemporary artists like Francis Bacon, whose fluid brush strokes evoke movement and expression, were his major influences. This traditional system of art in Russia during his youth provoked him to create works that were accessible to more than just the intellectual elite. As a result, Gleb embarked on a successful career as an illustrator for international publications such as GQ, Men’s Health, Forbes, Snob, and Time Out.
Art Works @Zibiru’s inaugural exhibition, Poems From Nature, features a series of pen and ink drawings that capture Gleb’s emotional response to his environment. These poems of Bali were sketched in plein air—with Gleb fully immersed in nature and the ‘here and now’—resulting in the documentation of his inner dialogue between visual perception of his immediate surroundings and physical reaction to the information received. Action and reaction at lightning speed.
“Everyone in childhood is enraptured [by his surroundings]—about the cloud form changing... about the salty taste of a coming wave. It was all about the process, the here and now, not about the result. In this world, everything is naturally beautiful for one simple reason, because there is nothing unnecessary. There is harmony”. –Nikita Zamekhovsky
The exhibition is on view through 30 September, and is free and open to the public.