His exhibition will run for 8 weeks from 29 July on Wednesdays at 2-5pm and Fridays to Sundays at 11am-5pm at Fullers Mill in Suffolk, one of Perennial’s gardens. Perennial, the charity helping people in horticulture, provides free support, advice and information to all those in the UK who work, or have worked with, plants, trees, grass or flowers.
Andriy spent his childhood in the Kyiv region of Ukraine. Inspired to paint by the amazing views of the blue Dnieper river and surrounding golden meadows, Andriy studied in the workshops of Ukrainian artists Nartsis Kocherezhko and Vasyl Korchynskyi. Working in oil and using a palette knife in large strokes, his painting style combines a playful and vibrant sense of colour on large canvasses. He paints still life, sea horizons, city and natural landscapes and his work includes many Crimean and Carpathian landscapes, scenes of rapid mountain rivers, coastal views of Odessa and the ancient Dnieper as well as studies of the architecture of western Ukrainian and European cities. A veteran of many international exhibitions, Andriy’s work features in many private collections across Europe.
In September 2022, Andriy and his family arrived in the UK under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. By serendipitous good fortune, Andriy’s UK host is a long-term volunteer at Fullers Mill, the award-winning garden owned and maintained by Perennial. A place of peace and tranquillity, the waterside garden sits on the banks of the River Lark and Culford Stream with a plantsman’s collection of plants and woodland, regularly enjoyed by visitors.
Inspired by the unique atmosphere, Andriy felt and captured the wonderful sense of place at Fullers Mill in a first canvas and was offered and accepted the role of Artist in Residence. Many more canvasses have followed which will be on show throughout the exhibition and available to buy. A percentage of the proceeds from the painting sales will go to the hospitals for the National Guards of Ukraine and Perennial.
Fullers Mill Garden Manager Annie Dellbridge says: “We’re delighted to welcome Andriy as the first Artist in Residence to exhibit here. His use of colour and texture perfectly captures the essence of Fullers Mill. We hope visitors appreciate the work that has gone into both the art and garden in support of Andriy, the people of Ukraine and people in horticulture.”