Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

Welcome to The McCarthey Gallery

The Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery is one of the foremost dealers in the United States dealing with Russian Impressionistic art.  The Gallery maintains an extensive inventory of collectible works by Russia's most respected artists during the period of 1930 to 1980.  The Gallery carefully selects paintings that are historically significant, original in composition, interesting in form and beautiful in their depiction of the human spirit.  We have been working in Russia for many years and have developed close personal relationships with many of the artists and their families.  Together with our associated gallery in Russia, Dacha Art, and our Russian partners, we maintain extremely close ties with the arts community in Russia and the former Soviet republics.  In addition to our Russian specialization, the TKM Gallery is proud to work with talented artists from other countries who have the spirit of the Russian art.

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January Silent Auction

Victor Nikolaevich Butko, "The Guests Have Gone"  39¼'' x 31½'', 2006, Oil on Canvas  Estimate $4,000- 5,000, Current Bid, $1,000, L. IrvineVictor Nikolaevich Butko, "The Guests Have Gone"
39¼'' x 31½'', 2006, Oil on Canvas
Estimate $4,000- 5,000, Current Bid, $2,750, R. Sheakley

Congratulations to M. Mason who placed the winning bid of $1,750 for December's auction painting, "Summer Day", by an amazing artist who made an immense contribution to Russian art of the second half of the 20th Century, Mikhail E. Tkachev. Estimated at $3,500- $4,500.

For our January silent auction we are proud to present a beautiful work by one of the Gallery's favorite artists and one of Russia's most talented up-and-coming artists, Victor Nikolaevich Butko, "After the Guests Have Gone", valued at $4,000- $5,000. A similar work by Victor Butko was sold recently for $5,700.

Victor came to our attention as a student of the Tkachev Brothers and Grigori Chaianikov. Butko, comes from an artistic family, and has spent much of his life at the Academic Dacha learning and studying the great masters there. He is the next generation of Russian impressionistic artists. His paintings are ripe for the seasoned collector or to begin building a collection.

Don't miss this great opportunity to add a wonderful work by a highly acclaimed artist to your collection! The current high bid is just $2,250! The next bid is $3,000 followed by minimum bidding increments of $250.

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. Please note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. By placing a maximum bid you will be assured you are not out bid at the last minute. Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until 7:00 pm, Tuesday FEBRUARY 3RD due to our closure for the Sundance Film Festival. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

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Butko photoAbout the Artist

The Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery is pleased and honored to be able to represent the work of Victor N. Butko, scion of a great family of Russian artists. In the tradition of his ancestors, Butko paints with exquisite artistry and sensitivity, portraying the special beauty of his country's landscape and its people.

Victor Nikolaevich Butko is the youngest Russian artist the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery has ever represented. We are proud to have his art in our Gallery, as Victor is the heir to a legacy of greatness in Russian Impressionistic art. It was almost five years ago that legendary Russian artists Alexei and Sergei Tkachev introduced us to Victor Butko. The Tkachevs have known Victor since he was a child. Butko comes from a family of artists. Victor's grandfather and mother have received many honors as artists and they participated in exhibitions around the world. Young Butko spent summers at the family country house at the village of Academic Dacha. The Academic Dacha is half way between St. Petersburg and Moscow and has been a summer painting refuge for generations of Russian artists. It is here that, at eight years of age, Butko was first noticed by the grand patriarch brothers of Russian Impressionism. The Tkachevs closely followed the development and career of Victor guiding and mentoring him along the way.

On one of our many visits to Academic Dacha, the brothers invited us to meet Victor. As a delegation, we went to the small house and studio of the Butko family. Grigoriy Chainikov joined us. Completely unannounced, we knocked on the door. The young artist was surprised and a bit embarrassed by the attention. Taking charge, Sergei Tkachev began grabbing Butko's paintings and extolling the talent of the young, red-faced artist. Tkachev said that Butko's work was the next generation of greatness. Following the work of the brothers, then Grigoriy Chainikov, the mantle of Russian Impressionism would fall to Victor. Tkachev added, he was quite comfortable with leaving the burden of Russian Impressionism in the talented hands of Victor Nikolaevich Butko. That was the day that we, of the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery, invited Victor Butko to be our partner. Ever since, then he has been growing as an artist and creating new jewels in the tradition of Russian Impressionism. Unquestionably he is fulfilling the prophecy of Sergei Tkachev.

If you have or are building a serious Russian collection, a painting by Victor Butko would make a great addition. For example, a Tkachev Brothers painting might easily sell for $150,000. The next generation, a Grigoriy Chainikov painting might sell for $50,000, but the work of the young artist, Victor Butko, now sells for about $6,000! The exceptional quality and pricing make for a great chance to start or add to a Russian Impressionistic collection.

Victor Nikolaevich Butko, b. 1978

Butko was born in 1978 in Moscow into a veritable artistic dynasty. Several generations of the family were well known artists, including his grandfather, Nikaolai Konstantinovich Chulovich and great-uncle Viktor Konstatinovich Chulovich (both graduates of the Imperial Stroganov Art School), as well as Honored Art Worker of Russia Viktor Nikolaevich Chulovich (a wonderful landscape painter who was a student of P.I. Petrovichev), and of course his own parents, Nikolai Butko and Marina Chulovich.

From early childhood, Butko was involved in the creative work of his family. His first art lessons were given to him by his parents. His grandfather also greatly influenced his work, especially painting landscapes. Butko's still life painting style was developed from exposure to an incredible collection of beautiful objects to be found in the family's studio. There was a collection of antique items which his grandfather brought back from numerous trips around the country: Russian and Uzbek samovars, wicker baskets, pitchers, jugs, etc. Butko painted these for his first still-life works.


Vladimir Filippov- New Works!

Filippov, Vladimir V. Filippov,  "Sunny Day" ,23½'' x 35½'', 2011, Oil on Canvas,  $5,500"Sunny Day", 23½'' x 35½'', 2011, Oil on Canvas,$5,500

Since 1990, Filippov has trained and worked under the Russian Realist master Yuri P. Kugach (senior) and his son Mikhail Y. Kugach, who is now head of the Kugach Studio and a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Also, Vladimir has painted in the company of such wonderful artists as Grigory Chainikov and Andrei Zakharov. These artists and close friends have played an important role in Vladimir's development as an artist. Filippov is one of the few artists continuing the great tradition of Russian Realistic Art.

"The Stream with Morning Sun", 17¾'' x 23½'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $3,900"The Stream, Morning Sun", 17¾'' x 23½'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $3,900

"Lonely Fir Tree",  15¾'' x 23½'', 2010, Oil on Board, $3,600"Lonely Fir Tree", 15¾'' x 23½'', 2010, Oil on Board, $3,600

"Boy Fishing", 23½'' x 31½'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $5,300"Boy Fishing", 23½'' x 31½'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $5,300

6666"Spring on the River", 15¾'' x 23½'', 2010, Oil on Board, $3,500

14Filippov with his mentor, the Master Yuri Kugach 

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Russian & Soviet Impressionism
Russia's Rich Cultural Heritage

impressionism-homeRussia's rich cultural heritage represents the best of human creativity. Its literature, music, visual and performing arts and architecture are among the most profound, compelling and beautiful expressions of the human spirit.

Much of this rich heritage is well known in the United States, such as the writing of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, the music of Peter Tchaikovsky, Serge Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, the painting of Ilya Repin and Vassily Kadinsky, the architecture of the Kremlin and State Hermitage Museum and the dance of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Less well known in this tradition of creativity is the painting of the Russian Impressionist period, lasting from approximately 1930 to 1980. Russian Impressionism made an important contribution to the cultural heritage of Russia, but until recently, little has been known of its beauty and quality and its leading artists because of Soviet isolationism. During this period much of the cultural life in the Communist Soviet Union was denied Western exposure. The demise of Communism, the lifting of the Iron Curtain and the movement towards freedom and democracy of the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States has allowed the world the opportunity to experience a unique and important historical past through the art work.

It is now being collected and recognized by art historians, museum directors, curators and collectors as some of the best art produced in the twentieth century. 

"Soviet Impressionism"- Vern G. Swanson

From a unique set of circumstances that would be impossible to duplicate, Soviet Art from 1930 to 1980 was the 20th century's major realist school of painting. It powerfully expresses itself with a simple clarity of pictorial language, consummate adeptness and truthful portrayal of life. The Soviet artist acted as a willing collaborator with and portrayer of the aspirations of society. This contrasted with Western models where artists were typically alienated from their community. Acceptance will come, using the Soviet phrase, because it is "historically inevitable". It is already to a certain extent here with the pictures from the period increasingly passing through the sale rooms of Europe and North America. This book should give wider understanding of this underrated but artistically exciting movement in Soviet art.

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Olya Cheney- New Works!

99"Osquthorpe Barn", 24'' x 26'', 2014, Oil on Canvas,$2,000

98Olya Cheney, ''Jensen Park, Utah", 18'' x 24'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,150

97"Summer Scent", 8'' x 10'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $525

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