Sergei Chepik - A Midsummer Night's Dream
We are currently exhibiting Sergei Chepik's magical masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream. This huge and incredibly detailed artwork was painted in 1990 at a particularly happy time in his life. It is a joyful fantasy on the theme of love, romance and lust. Against the background of the Eiffel Tower, Adam and Eve sit sweetly together on an apple, surrounded by jugglers, matryoshkas, centaurs, harlequins, musicians, acrobats, and puppets.
Chepik was born in Kiev in 1953, to an artist father and sculptress mother, and started painting at the age of five. Admitted to the prestigious Repin Institut in Leningrad, he graduated in 1978 and began work on his first paintings. He was an exceptionally gifted draughtsman well-versed in all techniques from watercolour and etchings to oils, ceramic and sculpture. After his 1987 painting The House of the Dead, was banned from public display in the USSR Chepik left for France. The House of the Dead went on to win the Grand Prix at the 1988 Salon d'Automne in Paris. Chepik continued to live and work in Paris as well as exhibiting in London until his premature death on 18th November 2011.
Chepik painted many portraits including Rudolf Nureyev and Margaret Thatcher, and created a set of four monumental canvases for St Paul's Cathedral, inaugurated in January 2005. His works are represented in important British, Russian, French, Japanese and American collections.
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