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.
May Silent Auction
Akinshin, Mikhail Vasilievich, "Lilacs"
There may be no better way to start a collection of Russian Art than to follow our monthly no reserve no minimum auctions. Every month we select a great painting and let you, our friends, go for it. Sometimes the painting sells above the estimated price, but often times it goes far below. This is a fun way to keep up with what is new at the gallery, to put a little excitement in your life, and at the same time add to your Russian art collection!
Congratulations to R. Wharton who placed the winning bid of just $500 for April's silent auction painting "Spring in the Mountains" by Vasili Fedorovich Kondratyuk, estimated at $3,000- $4,000.Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin, (1927- 1980) Zaporozhye, Ukraine
For our May silent auction we present this wonderful Spring painting, "Lilacs", by one of the premier landscape artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin. Akinshin had a unique ability to capture people as well as the hauntingly beautiful landscape of village life. He painted the countryside with emotion and reverence, always full of truth and integrity. Akinshin captured the gentility, vastness and living breath of the countryside of his native Ukraine and Uzbekistan where he studied.
In this work Akinshin combines the spontaneity of a one time plein air outing together with the bright, particularly Ukrainian, colors that are noted in many artists of the period. Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin brings a vibrancy and spirit to this piece which marks it as a classic.
We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month.
Bidding begins at $250, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. The auction will end Friday, May 31st at 6:00 pm.
Translated from the original Russian
Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin was born on February 18, 1927 in the village Lomovo, Kursk Region into a peasant's family. In 1951 M.V. Akinshin finished the Tashkent Art School. For a year he taught drawing at school. In 1953 he moved to the town of Zaporozhye and since this time has worked as a professional artist.
The artist travels often and has visited many places of our country. Everywhere, he tries to see and reproduce characteristic features of the terrain and its coloring. At the same time, M.V. Akinshin emphasizes skillfully his creative projects and in doing so retains peculiarities of his pictorial vision. The artist is especially carried away with diversity of our life, with fast rhythms and dynamics of contemporaneous. Probably, because of this, the local landscape became the main genre of his creative work.
Among landscapes created by M.V. Akinshin from 1968 to 1970, it is necessary to mention the picture titled "A Northern Little Town - Velikiy Ustyug". Here the artist's beloved composition device is used -- high horizon. It gave the artist the opportunity to show the place from the bird's eye view. The attention is attracted to the originality of the old town.
However, the artist does not consistently repeat this skillfully found method. For example, in the other landscape "Evening", the same place is represented in a different way. Here the view is from below with sharp color contrasts of bright red and orange buildings against the blue sky background. The artist shows a close-up of several buildings in major optimistic combinations with the Old Russian architecture.
He gives much attention to the work on studies during yearly trips over towns of our country. His paintings are not simply enlarged studies, not merely a mechanical transfer of a motif but laborious work on assertions of his views, image bearing executions of reality filled with personal feelings, emotional experiences and thoughts.
The landscape "Summer" which is in Zaporozhye Art Museum should also be attributed to the best of his works. Having reached the creative maturity, Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin peers into life fixedly and represents it more truthfully and deeply.
New Artist- Kamille Cory
The Gallery is pleased to announce our new association with a highly skilled and talented Utah artist, Kamille Corry.
I go to a lot of art openings and meet many artists and it's extremely rare that I come across a contemporary artist with such a strong academic background, outstanding skill and realist focus. Every now and then though, magic does happens as it did a few months ago while I was on a studio tour in Salt lake City. It was at the end of a long night, we decided to drop in and see one more studio, Kamille Corry's. Her work made me jump. It is the great feeling that keeps art collectors and dealers searching and incessantly looking. Regularly, artists have something to say but not the skills to say it. Other times artists have great skill but nothing to say. It is that rare combination of both talent and message that sets Corry's work apart.
Corry's work focuses on the figure while incorporating visions of Utah's stunning landscape. Her paintings and drawings reflect a deep classical training and fine craftsmanship, rendering the figure in a modern, provocative light. Corry's still lifes, landscapes, and nudes are equally stunning.
We are thrilled to have her work in the Gallery and include her among the few non-Russian artists we represent. Please look at her work on line, or even better drop by the Gallery. We are excited to introduce her work to you. I am sure Kamille Corry's work will have the same affect on you that she did on me.
"Noon", Oil on Linen
52" x 36", 1995-1996, $48,000
"Sphinx Moth & Poppy", 13¼'' x 8½''
2012, Oil on Linen over Panel, $3,200
"The Blue Swallowtail"
7'' x 18¼'', 2012, Oil on Linen, $3,400
"Storm at Lee's Creek – The Great Salt Lake"
6'' x 10¼'', 2012, Oil on Linen, $900
Russian & Soviet Impressionism
Margarita Kolobova- New Works
Since discovering and introducing Margarita Kolobova little more than a year ago, just as we predicted, she has quickly become a favorite among our friends and collectors. Nearly all of Margarita's paintings that we initially acquired have been sold and we are pleased to announce that Igor has just returned from St. Petersburg with several new ones, a few of which are shown below.
Margarita Kolobova, "Morning in Perchani"