(2013) is one of 15 oil-on-canvas
originals by Waiheke Island artist Ilya Volykhine in his new
exhibition ''Far From Home'', showing at the ArtBay Gallery
from July 11 to 25.
The 45-year-old self-taught Russian-born artist presents his
second solo show in the gallery in the Mountaineer building,
Queenstown, after his debut exhibition featuring oils on
paper was a hit last year.
Volykhine said yesterday his new series of 15 oil paintings
on canvas focused on time spent in cities: travelling from St
Petersburg, Russia, to New York City, to Paris, to Sydney,
Australia, and on to Auckland.
''It's all about life in town, lots of new feelings - you
don't know what's going to happen.''
Originally trained in mining engineering, Volykhine said his
daily visits to the Hermitage museum at St Petersburg and
artistic friends encouraged him to take up drawing and
painting as a career. He now exhibits regularly throughout
New Zealand, as well as having work in collections around the
The artist will be painting inside the gallery on July 20 and