"The 're-invention of images' is an art that builds new bridges on the path to comprehension"
Here at The Acorn Gallery we have been selling Andrei's work since 2012 when we held the first exhibition of his work. Andrei's style captured us at first sight and since then we have watched him grow in popularity with more exhibitions and an ever-growing audience!
Born in the Ukraine, Andrei Protsouk drew his first breaths of the cool and iron filled skies of the city of Donetsk, in the heart of the powerful industrial engine of the former Soviet Union. It was a place more suitable for hard labour than for dreaming, yet, there was something about that bleak enviroment which encouraged the growth of his imagination.
Andrei's artistic talents were spotted by teachers at an early age and Andrei was quickly transferred to the Donetsk Art School. A succession of art degrees and attention from noted professors led to him relocating to the ancient city of St. Petersburg where Andrei received a Master's degree in Fine Art from the Repine Academy Of Art in 1990.
Andrei has studied, restored and copied the working techniques of the Old Masters. His favoured medium is oil, applied onto linen. He uses lots of gold and silver leaf in his paintings, in the manner of the revered traditional Russian iconographers. (His rendering of St. George slaying the dragon is an obvious religious reference, but the composition's rich and dark tones, it's jagged dramatic action, suggests a lineage rooted in timeless historical painting)
Moving to the United States in 1994, Andrei found inspiration in his new experiences and exposure to this new, exciting and often strange culture infused his works with a liveliness characterized by bright colours and a dance of images.