//Coffee Story №12

Coffee Story №12

Valery Churik, an artist from Russia, worked for a long time in Moscow on television as a production designer, animator and animator. He is a member of the Union of Cinematographers, the Union of Artists, the International Association of Graphic Artists of UNESCO.

Valery’s workshop is a magnificent museum of paintings, sculptures, antique furniture, statuettes, etc … philosophical thoughts that float in the air, enveloping the guest who has come here from all sides. Even the Cat, who has lived here for fifteen years, is a kind of lyrical muse. She contributes to the artist’s work. It is not for nothing that they believe that cats are guides between the earth and the sky.

– Valery, yes, you have here the kingdom of painting…

– The kingdom of sin, – the artist answers, and adds-creative sin…

Yes, being in the apartment and in the company of the paintings of this famous artist, you involuntarily find yourself in the thrall of his images, some gray transparency or even the ghostly nature of his images, but they do not let go and make you stand for a long time near each picture…

“Is this magic?” What current do you gravitate towards?

Valery answered immediately-mystical realism. But this mysticism is too attractive, too veiled and eclectic, working with the viewer according to its own laws and concepts.

The character of an artist can always be determined by looking at his paintings, these are like thoughts, like utterances of the soul… Valery complements my inner search with the phrase – “Never rush…” Yes, there is really a balance here – time, creativity, reflection.

Valery worked as a production designer, an artist-animator, on his” working account ” 39 films. When asked how many paintings he painted in his life, Valery says that he never counted them. The subject matter and execution of the paintings are as different as the personality of the artist. This is oil and graphics, pastel and gouache… These are classic landscapes, pencil caricature portraits, and philosophical stories splashed out on canvas… And everything is incredibly combined with each other, emphasizing the individual spirit of the multi-faceted artist.

Portraits painted in different techniques occupy a large place in his work. Among them – pencil, graphic, oil…

– Who do you write them for? I do

not know where they will go…

And indeed, the portraits are so realistic that they can leave…

To some portrait images, the artist likes to add plot birds or animals – the essence of people, as the author himself says. In the literature, this would be called “for a red word”.

Valery is a regular participant of many exhibitions in Russia and abroad. It also does not keep track of their number. In general, numbers and regalia are not the most important thing for him… He lives by creativity, drawings and stories of life itself.

A separate area of the artist’s activity is sculpture. He is not only partial to the graphic line on paper. Valery is interested in volume and texture.

“I like what I do,” says Valery. He is also a well-known restorer, loves vintage things, vintage icons. The artist was engaged in the restoration of many Russian churches. There were miracles in his life. One day, while doing restoration work, he saw an icon of St. Tamara. The incredible eyes, painted by an unknown artist, made him fall in love. The image was drawn, but the feeling came as real. When he climbed the scaffolding, he could sit beside her for hours… Just watch, admire, idolize… Perhaps, at this time, memories were forming in his heart. We often say that a man’s nature is fickle. However, after meeting the image of love once, then throughout their lives, men try to look for such a thing, return to it and be faithful. This is the main thing-the aesthetics of love.

.. In the room of Valery hangs a guitar. It perfectly matches his external image. Valery wears long “bard” hair and has an incredibly large number of hats – for every life event, as he says himself. Probably, the guitar is close to him internally. It is akin to his soul, the strings of which can not be covered with a wide-brimmed hat, no. His soul is too open to people… Because he worked, works and creates for people, finding the meaning of his life in this…