Petro Bevza

Towards the Light

Bevza is a surprisingly consistent artist. His new images are the result of his constant search for adequate expression of the idea of creation of communication space where the artist and the beholder are spiritual essences that resonate with one another. But, is mutual understanding possible in reality at all?

In his Communication Corridor series of paintings that symbolize a certain “bridge between a spirit and another spirit” Bevza poses this same question with somewhat straight line pathos. Embodying the idea the artist strives for laconicism of form. Energetics of color creates a feeling of openness and sincerity of communication, and active infiltration of a work of art into the beholder’s spiritual space.

We all feel hostages to unforeseeable reality, and the only shelter is communication space that unites people, -- the ephemeral and the real at the same time. The artist’s intuition responsively reacts to the spiritual content of the time. What distinguishes Bevza from other artists is his active attitude to reality. Inclined to transformations, he uplifts himself to new levels of self-understanding and understanding of the tasks of art without nostalgic pity. Transition is the key symbol of his image series. Through a door, slightly opened by someone, absolute light flows into our usual world. Bevza sizes up his predecessors’ changing silhouettes – they also were in those Arkadias. In shining nimbuses spreads the light, sacrificing them, trees and land. Even his shadows are white.

But the artist’s both painting and frame of mind are from earth. He tirelessly romanticizes this substance that gives life and preserves traces of former embodiments. First of all,  it is associated with the layers of ochre-like and rusty-brownish masses on his canvases. They urge us to think of the archaic myth of creating man from clay and Holy Sprit. Through “cultural layer” of earthy paints flow gleams of “other” space. Maybe, of that Divine space whose image has been so much hackneyed, yet so much desired.


Viktoriya Burlaka