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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August Silent Auction 

 Kushnirenko Alexander Vasilievich

Kushnirenko, Alexander Vasilievich, "Sunny Day"
28¼'' x 33¾'', (72 x 86 cm) 1964, Oil on Canvas
Estimate $6,000- $7,000, Current Bid $2,500, P. M.

Congratulations to S. McCarthey who placed the winning bid of just $2,250 for July's silent auction works "Spring Countryside" and "Fall Fields by Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, Estimate $3,500- $4,000.

As our August auction choice we are pleased to present another great work by a renowned Russian landscape artist, Alexander Vasilievich Kushnirenko.

Born in 1930, Alexander Vasilievich was very young during the Great Patriotic War (1939-1945) and unlike the members of the generation before him, his life was not totally dominated by the war and its aftermath.

A product of the window of openness during the Khrushchev years, Kushnirenko was an important member of the group of 1960's artists who saw the beauty, color and vitality of life after the long, horrors of the war. Their landscapes are particularly calm and evocative of a time of optimism and possibility.

The painting 'Sunny Day' typifies that colorful, plein air, optimism that describes the Soviet artists of the 1960's.  The war was over, the economy was booming, Stalin was dead and the Soviet system had not yet descended into crumbling stagnation.

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. The Current bid is just $2,500! The next bid is $2,750, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Please note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until the auction ends at 6:00 pm, Sunday August 31st.

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Quotes from "An Evening in Memory of Alexander Kushnirenko, PERFECT UNION FAMILY KUSHNIRENKO" at the V. Vereshchagin Nikolaev Regional Art Museum

- Pravda, March 6, 2008,  (translated from the original Ukrainian)

"Alexander Kouchnirenko forever remains in our hearts" - these words opened an exhibition dedicated to the memory of the master artist and member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Alexander Vasilyevich Kushnirenko.

But the memory of the master lives in the hearts of those who have ever seen his paintings: his haunting military and war subjects, extraordinarily beautiful landscapes, stunning portraits and, of course, Alexander Vasilyevich never forget his family and friends. These people gathered at the opening of the exhibition "Beautiful is Our Union" in Nikolaev Regional Art Museum named after V.V. Vereshchagin."

Alexander Vasilievich Kushnirenko

Alexander V. Kushnirenko was born in 1930 in the village of Chirokaya Balka, Kherson region. In the post-war years, after the prime school, he entered the Art School in Odessa, where he attended the classes of professor L. Muchnik, V. Tokarev and other teachers. From 1958 he worked as artist-decorator in the Nikolaevask Art workshops. The creative and exhibit activity of Alexander Kushnirenko also began in late 50s.

Alexander Kushnirenko belongs to the group of "Artists of the 60s" who influenced very much the cultural life of the Union of Artists in Nikolaev.

In the late 1950s-early 1960s, the creative section of young artists -- V. Firsov, A. Zavgorodnij, V. Zolotukhin, A. Kushnirenko and others -- started an active work in Nikolaev. They often went to the environs of Nikolaev, to Sumy territory, to the lands of Chernigov, got together to exchange with their findings in painting, organized collective exhibitions. Many sketches of that period became a masterpiece.

Alexander Kushnirenko mainly depicts lyric landscapes where his talent has been disclosed in full. His painting, as often happens with the artist, reflects the personality of the author. It shows the lyric gift of the artist, his wit, for Kushnirenko writes verses and epigrams.

The artist has pleased his admirers with a number of beautiful landscapes and sketches. They have opened in full the inner romantic world of the master, his pictorial and poetic gift.

Olya Cheney, Exhibition of New Works Continues!!

2122"Olya Cheney & Tom McCartheyA big thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the opening of Olya Cheney's exhibition. Olya is one the Gallery's favorite and best selling artists. Out of the more than 20 new works, only a few are left. The exhibition runs through mid-September.

Olya is a delightful blend of East and West-- an ideal match for the Gallery. Olya is a Russian-born artist who now lives and paints in Utah! New works from her include many well-known landmarks from around Park City and several noted landscapes of the Wasatch Mountains and Southern Utah.

Born Olga Alexandrovna Kovalova in 1972 in Semipalatinsk, Shyghys Qazaqstan, Kazakhstan, Olya has always harbored a love of art.  Living in such places as Kazakhstan, Russia, Sakhalin Island (above Japan), California, and now Utah, Olya has developed an exceptionally unique and often times breath-taking artistic style.

"Big Cottonwood Canyon Lake", 24'' x 36'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $2,200
22"Autumn Panorama, Park City", 24'' x 36'', 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, $2,550
"Park City Ski Resort", 18'' x 24'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,300
4"Patch of Blue Sky", 8'' x 10'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $600

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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New Works- Margarita Kolobova

2027Margarita Kolobova was born in 1983 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. From 2000 till 2005 she studied in Rostov College of Fine Arts (named after M.B.Grekov). She worked as a designer and illustrator of "Donskaya Arkheologia" journal and its web-site. She also worked as artifact illustrator on several archaeological projects. In 2006 Margarita entered the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Here she studies till today.

The Russian Academy of Arts, informally known as the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, was founded in 1757 by Ivan Shuvalov under the name Academy of the Three Noblest Arts. Catherine the Great renamed it the Imperial Academy of Arts and commissioned a new building, completed 25 years later in 1789 by the Neva River. The academy promoted the neoclassical style and technique, and sent its promising students to European capitals for further study. Training at the academy was virtually required for artists to make successful careers.

2017Kolobova, Margarita,"Arkhyz", 13¾'' x 17¾'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,700

Formally abolished in 1918 after the Russian Revolution, the academy was renamed several times. It established free tuition; students from across the country competed fiercely for its few places annually. In 1947 the national institution was moved to Moscow, and much of its art collection was moved to the Hermitage. The building in Leningrad was devoted to the Ilya Repin Leningrad Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, named in honor of one of Russia's foremost realist artists. Since 1991 it has been called the St. Petersburg Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.


 Kolobova, Margarita, "Prchan", 19¾'' x 27½'', 2012, Oil on Canvas, $2,500

2024Kolobova, Margaritam "Boats", 23½'' x 31½'', 2012, Oil on Canvas, $2,500


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