OLEG NEDOSHYTKO b. 1950 Oil on Canvas Abstract

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OLEG NEDOSHYTKO b. 1950 Oil on Canvas Abstract

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Oil on canvas. Featuring an abstract composition. Signed by Oleg Nedoshytko (Ukranian-Canadian, born 1950) and dated 2018 on the lower left corner. 16 x 20 cm (6.3 x 7.9 inches). At twenty one, Oleg Nedoshytko was listed in reserve after serving his mandatory military term as a nurse, and his choice of a career seemed predetermined: with his experience, the doors of a highly prestigious Medical School were open for him. In the meantime, he looked for a summer job in his native city of Odessa, a large port city on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. He found it in a commercial advertising studio. That day changed his life. Working with paint opened a new world for him. From that point on, his suddenly discovered passion for art took care of his future. In the following months, Oleg became a fixture in local museums, copying nineteenth century masterpieces and drawing marble statues of ancient Greek gods. In 1972, he was admitted to the department of visual arts of South Ukrainian National University of Education. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Fine Arts five years later, having come a long way from a novice to a fully qualified professional. That same year, Oleg was invited to return to his alma mater in Odessa, this time in a teaching capacity. He provided instruction in classical observation and figure drawing, painting and composition for nearly forty years. From 2007 to 2015, he held a professorial position with the Chair of Visual Arts in his department, and in 2011 and 2012 , served as its Dean. His students are now working around the world, and his theoretic works and instructional books have been printed in professional magazines in Ukraine, Europe and the USA. In 2015, Oleg Nedoshytko celebrated his 65th jubilee by holding a personal exhibition in Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, where security veterans still remember him as a boy with attentive eyes, graphite pencil in hand. He told journalists he had made a full circle, coming back to celebrate his life achievements in the very place where he started. When asked about the secret behind his prolific work and its never-fading public appeal, the artist said, “To create a genuine work of art, professional skills and technical knowledge are not enough, no matter how superb they might be. The work has to become an embodiment of condensed emotion and powerful spiritual energy, an imprint of the artist’s soul. The more of yourself you invest into your work, the bigger the return.” PROVENANCE: From the artist