Female Corporeality and Religion 2023

Online Art Exhibition

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The Timeless

Volodymyr Slepchenko

The work performed in author's original technique “Artline”

Oil on canvas

100 x 90 cm

2008

 

Not For Sale

Description

The process of conceiving a child in the mother's womb and the birth of a child into the world are subjects that are constantly studied by medicine and biology. However, it is known that there are situations in which they are powerless. For Christians, without the divine providence and God’s blessing, nothing happens in the world.

 

The composition “The Timeless” is a combination of two images – of the mother holding a baby in her arms (a reference to the Madonna) and a figure of a pregnant woman expecting the birth of her child. One child is peacefully sleeping in her mother’s arms, the other is still in the womb. The image represents two aspects of maternity, childbirth and female body – ordinary and divine at the same time. The Son of God was born as every human child is born, and from a theological perspective, every human birth is a beginning of a new and eternal life that is more than just biological existence.

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Volodymyr Slepchenko

In his work, academician Volodymyr Slepchenko constantly returns to the theme of the female body in various cultural and sociological contexts.

Volodymyr Slepchenko (b.  1947) is a Ukrainian painter, graphic and monumental artist, and master of psychological portraiture. He works in the artistic orientation of romantic symbolism, inventing his own  technique and unique artline style. People's Artist of Ukraine, Honored Artist of Ukraine, academician. Head of the Department of Culture and Arts and Academician of the World Academy of Arts (MONDIAL ART ACADEMIA), France.

He has participated in numerous regional, national, foreign and international exhibitions. He is the winner of many national and international awards, including the Botticelli Prize in 2019. Since 1970, he has held more than 80 personal exhibitions in Ukraine, Poland, France, Germany, Canada, Israel, Slovakia, Italy, Greece, Spain, Japan and other countries. He was a participant in the group exhibition of Ukrainian artists "Autumn Salon-90" in Paris (France) in 1990.

Volodymyr Slepchenko's paintings and graphic works are held in museums, galleries and private collections in Ukraine and in many countries of the world. Since 2005, the portrait of the Grand Master of the Order of Malta Andrew Bertie has been on permanent display at the Gallery of Portraits of Grand Masters in Malta. Since 2018, the painting "The Great  Baptism" has found a place of honor in the permanent exhibition on the second floor of the main shrine of Ukraine - St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv.

 

For more than 50 years, the artist has been fruitfully working in various types and genres of fine arts, but among the main works of the artist are paintings on historical themes from the Trypillia era to the present.