Exhibitions

March 2011

Sasha Ganelin & Robert Permeti - Landscapes from Siberia and Albania, by two socialist realist trained artists

Sasha Ganelin was born in Moscow in 1957.

When he was five years old he started to draw historical events that filled the world of his childhood. At that time he already knew his life would be dedicated to art. A year later he took painting lessons in the Russian capital so his extraordinary talent got properly developed and he received training. «Painting stays with me during all the periods of my life», - claims the artist, but at the same time he refuses to determine it, because “it is always different”.

This passion overwhelmed him through all his youth, when he had to overcome difficulties and geographical distances to receive necessary tuition.

In 1974 Sasha Ganelin won the young painters contest and got accepted to the famous Moscow Art School. Despite being a graduate of this prestigious institution he failed to find a job, because of national prejudices.

But his desire to be an artist did not let him to fall into despair; he made a second attempt and applied to the Moscow Academy of Arts where the best painters of the Soviet Union were taught.

At that time his works were exhibited in Russia, Poland, India and Morocco. Official recognition came with the exhibition in the Revolution
Museum.

Up to the late 70s, Sasha Ganelin used to work in a classical realistic genre which he had excellently mastered, but in the beginning of the 80s he realised there was a deep need for change. «I wanted my painting to cause strong feelings and emotions, but to preserve realistic rules made me short of expressive means».

At that period his works were exhibited in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. The main theme was flowers. Sasha Ganelin’s flowers conveyed the idea of the artist’s protest against the negative features of the world around him, where daily routine
oppresses and kills the beauty of life.

In 1991, feeling himself used, Sasha made up his mind to move to Israel, – the country of his ancestors.

In his art, Sasha combines aesthetic suffering and calls for a better life. His fantastic flowers enlivened by his brushstrokes seem to say: ”Look at us, We exist, We are alive!»

A symphony of colours, plead to see beauty and to live in harmony with it. Sasha Ganelin negates the indifference of the ever hurrying society. His irresistible talent makes spectators feel an inexplicable sense of protest and hope, a silent scream that cannot be unnoticed by the one who animates the subject.
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Robert Permeti

Born in Tirana, Albania on the 25.05.1949.

Attended Secondary School in the town of VLORE.

In 1963 he joined the Military College “Skanderbeg” and at the same time graduated from Arts School.

In 1969 he graduated from the Military College as Army General and was allocated to the ground forces of the military administration that look after the FIER bodies.

In 1970 he was released from the army, and began to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. He specialised in Scenic Design and Costume. As a painter he graduated in 1975.

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, he was given the opportunity by the general administration of the Ministry of Defence, an opportunity that was often given to artists at the time, to get familiarised with the issues of “national security and historical themes”, aboard the ships of the Balkan and Pontic Area, belonging to the Navy.

In 1991 the Ministry of Defence allocated him also to the Military Headquarters of the ground forces. This position provided him with the opportunity to get plenty of inspiration for his paintings.

As a creative personality he is also a member of the Society of Albanian Writers and in the third conference of “Writers and Artists”, he was voted a member of the “Permanent Committee”. This committee’s very existence and powers depended entirely on the Party.

From 1975 to 1991 he took part in all the cultural and artistic activities which were organised by the Albanian government.

He has exhibited his work in one man shows in the cities of Librazdt, Koritsa, Elbasan and Tirana, and his works have been received with great success.

His works have been exhibited abroad widely, in the US, (Pentagon West Point), in the UK, in Germany, in France, in Turkey, in Bulgaria, in Romania, in Italy and in Austria.

One of his paintings “The Abyss” was first exhibited in the traditional national exhibition of 1982 organized at the National Arts Gallery in Tirana. The characters of the painting represent real life individuals, including Enver Hoxha, the communist dictator, and WWII Anglo-American mission members, such as Brigade General Davis, Colonel Maclean, etc.

By the intervention of Nexhmije Hoxha, wife of the dictator, the painting was censored as having direct associations with the Anglo-American mission members represented in the painting, Mrs. Hoxha insisted that their characters be removed from it, as she preferred the painting without them. However, the artist decided not to make such changes, but rather to remove the painting from the exhibition, even though he was fully aware of the risks associated with such non-compliance. As the communist regime was coming to an end, the painting was re-exhibited firstly in Tirana in 1990, followed by several other exhibitions. To date, the painting is part of the artist’s personal collection and is maintained in excellent condition.

"Abyss 1944 " has been a work in progress from 1977 to 1982. The size of the painting is 200x190 cm. It was done on Chinese canvas and prepared in a Renaissance style. The color brands used are the German Pelikan and French Le Frang. The white colors have in part been handcrafted through Renaissance technology using zinc and silver oxide.

Apart from these compositional socialist realsit paintings, Robert Permeti has also mastered the landscape genre. His artistic output related to this genre, lies during the dictatorship regime in Albania, from 1976 to 1990.

The inspiration of these paintings has come to the artist from the most picturesque places of the Albanian countryside. This genre has been a relaxing undertaking for the artist during this period. However, it occupied a secondary place in his portfolio of those years, because his priority was the compositional strict socialist realist painting.

Thus the realization of these landscapes expresses the personal gratification of the artist, because these paintings belong to his personal world only. They carry notes of freedom and poetry, because in this genre the artist was able to express his art, devoid of political messages and implications. The subject matters chosen were far from the capital city of Tirana and nearer to pure nature.

The landscapes "Autumn in Volorek", "Winter in Pogradec, " were inspired by the tourist city of Pogradec. The landscapes "Spring", "Vlaska", "Xhyra", etc. were made in the aforementioned years, inspired by the beautiful mountains of the city of Librazhd.

Spring and Autumn, remain the beloved themes of the artist, both in his past and present paintings. The landscape paintings of Robert Permeti, carried out during the dictatorship regime, have been welcomed by critics of that period and exhibited in various national exhibitions.


Paintings purchased in monthly exhibitions receive a complimentary 10% discount.


Drilling in the Taiga (Landscapes from Siberia Series)
Available

Drilling in the Taiga (Landscapes from Siberia Series)

(Commissioned by the Artist Association of USSR, original painting dated 1979-1986, original paintings to be found in Russian museums such as the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of Revolution etc.)

Sasha Ganelin

Russian-Israeli

2000 +

Oil on Canvas

80 x 100 cm

£ 3,000.00

In the Tent (Landscapes from Siberia Series)
Available

In the Tent (Landscapes from Siberia Series)

(Commissioned by the Artist Association of USSR, original painting dated 1979-1986, to be found in Russian museums such as the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of Revolution, Museum of Norilsk etc.)

Sasha Ganelin

Russian-Israeli

2000 +

Oil on Canvas

75 x 85 cm

£ 2,500.00

The Airport (Landscapes from Siberia Series)
Available

The Airport (Landscapes from Siberia Series)

(Commissioned by the Artist Association of USSR, original painting dated 1979-1986, to be found in Russian museums such as the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of Revolution, Museum of Norilsk etc.)

Sasha Ganelin

Russian-Israeli

2000 +

Oil on Canvas

100 x 100 cm

£ 3,000.00

The Camp (Landscapes from Siberia Series)
Available

The Camp (Landscapes from Siberia Series)

(Commissioned by the Artist Association of USSR, original painting dated 1979-1986, original paintings to be found in Russian museums such as the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of Revolution etc.)

Sasha Ganelin

Russian-Israeli

2000 +

Oil on Canvas

75 x 85 cm

£ 2,500.00

The Mountain (Landscapes from Siberia Series)
Available

The Mountain (Landscapes from Siberia Series)

(Commissioned by the Artist Association of USSR, original painting dated 1986, original paintings to be found in Russian museums such as the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of Revolution etc.)

Sasha Ganelin

Russian-Israeli

2000 +

Oil on Canvas

75 x 85 cm

£ 2,500.00

The Spring at Baikal (Landscapes from Siberia Series)
Available

The Spring at Baikal (Landscapes from Siberia Series)

(Commissioned by the Artist Association of USSR, original painting dated 1986-1991, to be found in Russian museums such as the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of Revolution, Museum of Norilsk etc.)

Sasha Ganelin

Russian-Israeli

2000 +

Oil on Canvas

75 x 85 cm

£ 2,500.00

The Stone River (Landscapes from Siberia Series)
Available

The Stone River (Landscapes from Siberia Series)

(Commissioned by the Artist Association of USSR, original painting dated 1979-1986, original paintings to be found in Russian museums such as the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of Revolution etc.)

Sasha Ganelin

Russian-Israeli

2000 +

Oil on Canvas

75 x 85 cm

£ 2,500.00

Winter (Landscapes from Siberia)
Available

Winter (Landscapes from Siberia)

(Commissioned by the Artist Association of USSR, original painting dated 1979-1986, original paintings to be found in Russian museums such as the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of Revolution etc.)

Sasha Ganelin

Russian-Israeli

2000 +

Oil on Canvas

75 x 85 cm

£ 2,500.00

Autumn in Volorek
Available

Autumn in Volorek

Robert Permeti

Albanian

1986

Oil on Canvas

70x70cm

£ 6,000.00

Spring
Available

Spring

Robert Permeti

Albanian

1986

Oil on Pressed Wood Fiber

54x44cm

£ 4,000.00

Sunset in Pogradec
Available

Sunset in Pogradec

Robert Permeti

Albanian

1985

Oil on Canvas

52x74cm

£ 5,000.00

Vlaska
Available

Vlaska

Robert Permeti

Albanian

1986

Oil on Pressed Wood Fiber

62x59cm

£ 4,000.00

Waves
Available

Waves

Robert Permeti

Albanian

1985

Oil on Pressed Wood Fiber

50x60cm

£ 4,000.00

Xhyra
Available

Xhyra

Robert Permeti

Albanian

1986

Oil on Pressed Wood Fiber

51x72cm

£ 5,000.00

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