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.
October Silent Auction
Veniamin A. Safonov, "Autumn"
Congratulations to J. Nelson who placed the winning bid of $2,000for September's silent auction painting "The Small Assitant" Vladiimir V. Filippov, estimated at $4,400- $5,500.
As our October auction selection, we are pleased to present a work perfect for the fall season, "Autumn", by one of our most exceptional and unique artists, Veniamin Alekseevich Safonov. Of the hundreds of Russian artists we at the McCarthey Gallery have met and represented over the years, Veniamin Safanov is truly singular. The artists' brand of impressionism is more abstract than most of his colleagues of the period. His thick paint, textured work and bright colors mark him as a favorite for both collectors and critics.
As a Singular artist, Veniamin Safonov's works are instantly recognizable. Long, heavy strokes of the paint brush, bright colors, strong contrasts of light and shadow are characteristic of the artist's paintings.
Veniamin Safonov is a graduate of the internationally famed Moscow Surikov Institute, and a Member of the Union of Soviet Artists. His works are showcased in the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) and other museums of the Russian Federation as well as favoring many private collections.
Rarely have we offered paintings by artists of Safonov's acclaim in our monthly silent auction. If you've never participated, this month is a great time to start. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a work that could easily be included in the collections of the top museums in Russia.
We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. This is an opportunity not to miss! Estimated at $3,000 to $3,500, the current high bid is just $1,250! The next bid is $1,500, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Remember, there is no reserve, at the end of the auction the high bid wins!
Bids will be taken via telephone, or e-mail until 7:00 pm MST, Monday October 31st.
Veniamin Alekseevich Safanov (1931- 2004)
Safanov was born in the Krasnaya Zarya Village (Orlovskaya Region, south of Moscow) in 1931. It was, and still is, a small community of fewer than 2,000 residents.
In his childhood, the artist survived three years of German occupation. One of the biggest battles of World War II (known to Russians as the "Great Patriotic War) was the Battle on the Orlovo-Kurskaya Arch, which took place near his village in 1943. This traumatic event made a deep impression on the young artist, and it remained with him for his entire life. At that time, the German Army was retreating to the West, burning everything in its path, including villages and farmland, and holding thousands of Russian people hostage.
When liberation finally came, the joy in the teenager's soul was mixed with the pain of loss, starvation, and ruin. During that difficult time, the young Veniamin took a great interest in drawing, and this influenced the remainder of his life.
Having graduated from the secondary school, he entered Art Collage in the Town of Orel. The young artist graduated from the Art College in 1951, at the age of 20. He then began his independent creative work.
Safonov moved to Podolsk (Moscow Region) in search of an art career. In the beginning, he tried to paint genre scenes, portraits and landscapes. He had been working en plein air, observing changes in season and time of the day. The artist learned more and more to understand nature, and to reproduce nature's conditions on canvas. In the course of time, the challenge of landscape works captured the young artist completely.
Within only a few years after his graduation from the Surikov Art Institute, Safanov's paintings were exhibited not only at All-Union Art Exhibition (the most prestigious artists' exhibition in the Soviet Union), but were also awarded with a Diploma. The artist was then sent to work in the Academician Arts Cottage. This was truly exceptional, as it was rare that the paintings of an artist who was not a member of the Union of Artists would be presented at an Exhibition of such high rank. But when the paintings were chosen at first by Artists' Regional Branch (by a specially established body, the Exhibition Committee), Safonov was automatically accepted as a member of the Union of Artists. It was in this most extraordinary way that Veniamin Safonov became a member of the Union of Artists.
The opportunity to visit the Academic Dacha - named after Ilya Repin - gave the artist a new creative impulse. For the first time in his life, Safonov became acquainted with the creative works of famous and honored artists of the older generation, whose advice was very useful to him and advanced his knowledge of art history as well as of artistic techniques.
In the course of time, Veniamin Safonov's painting acquired its unique and recognizable features. Long, heavey strokes of thepaint brush, bright colors, and contrast of light and shadow are all signature characteristics of the artist's works. Safonov uniquely conveys the full variety, texture, light, and feelings of Russia's natural beauty
A graduate of the famed Surikov Art Institute Moscow, Safonov's paintings are found in the Tretyakov Gallery and other museums of the Russian Federation as well as in private collections. A member of the Union of Soviet Artists, Safonov specialized in landscapes and was one of the leading artists of the Moscow region.
Important shows include:
All Union Art Exhibition, Moscow, 1957, 1968, 1960
- Active in Podolsk, Moscow region. Specialized in landscapes. A leading artists of the Moscow region.
Vladimir Viktorovich Filippov, "Spring on the Dubrovka River"
Alexander Ivanovich Beregovoi, "At Play"
230 South 500 West #225, Salt Lake City, UT 84101,
Hours: By appoinment or 6- 9 pm for Gallery Stroll (the third Friday of every month)
Russian & Soviet Impressionism
New Salt Lake City Gallery & Wharehouse
Good News! We are now fully settled into our new Gallery and Warehouse in downtown Salt Lake City and are ready to show you some great Russian Impressionist art. The majority of the works in the new Gallery have never been exhibited before!
Aleksandr P. Sukhov, By the Pier
230 South 500 West #225, Salt Lake City, UT 84101,
Hours: By appointment or 6- 9 pm for Gallery Stroll (the third Friday of every month)