Andrey Zhelkovsky, Beer Sheva Member Since November 2009 Artist Statement I was born in Ukraine (former USSR) and I grew up in the midst of the stunning nature of the Carpathian Mountains, rivers, and forests. I have been drawing ever since I can remember. From a young age, I was a very impressionable person. After watching a movie or a new cartoon I liked, I would grab a pencil and start drawing. I would just feel overloaded with feelings and emotions and had to release these feelings on a sheet of paper. Therefore my works were so expressive and emotional, however, this remains true today. From my teens, I was fascinated by history and symbolism of ancient signs and writings. I often use these elements in my works.
In 1994 I immigrated to Israel and lived in Jerusalem. There I had a great opportunity to come in contact with the history of three religions. During the course of my work at the Israel Museum Youth Studio, I discovered the arts of Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, and African tribes. The pure and bright colors they used impressed me a lot. As a result, my works of that period seem more like the mosaic or woven tapestry.
I cannot say that I have a certain style or direction that I use in my art. I am constantly searching for new ways and I like to discover new creative ideas.
I think that an artist is a mirror reflecting the reality through the prism of his soul; a kind of channel that links the cosmos with the material world.
I paint to keep doctors away. When people want me to explain about my works - I have little to say. All my words are in my paintings; I hate to explain my works because I'm not the essayist, but the painter.