Andakulova Gallery is delighted to present the artworks of Timur D’Vatz in
its gallery space. The opening for this latest exhibition will be held on March
9, 2020, and the exhibition will continue until October 09, 2020.
Personal journeys have historically evolved into established trade highways.
One of the longest, most colourful and renowned, is the Silk Road. It runs
across ancient civilizations, new States and many cultures. It unites East and
West, from China to Ireland.
Timur was brought up in the middle of this stretch, in Tashkent, the capital
city of Uzbekistan, and his life was woven into the historical legend of the
Silk Road. His childhood was filled with the bright colours of the ancient
bazaars and the echoing sounds of eternal cities: Samarkand, Bukhara and
Timur D’Vatz was born in 1968 in Moscow. In 1983, he attended Art
College in Tashkent – with a beautiful complex of old buildings, enclosed
courtyards, all shaded by tall trees and refreshed by fountains.
It created the feeling of a little oasis in the middle of the busy city. Painting
was a joy in those atmospheric art studios. Lunch breaks would be just
across the street, in a little café situated above the Anhor River. Traditional
food: plov, lagman and nan bread was accompanied by the music of a
mountain river and artists talking about current art projects and dreams of
Timur D’Vatz’s journey continued when he began to exhibit his work
in Moscow in 1990. He was a regular visitor to the Pushkin Museum of Fine
Arts, where he drew works of antiquity. He also did extensive research on
human proportions in the museum library.
Five years later, he moved to London. His education continued at the Royal
Academy of Art Schools. There he received the Sir James Walker and Jack
He began exhibiting in several art galleries and actively participated in
London's art circles. In 1994, he won the Guinness Prize for ‘The Best First
Time Exhibitor’ at the Royal Academy Summer Show. In 2002, he
participated in the BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait
Two of Timur’s paintings were installed in the Four Seasons Hotel in
Moscow in 2014. He was asked to create a couple of large scale works for
the King of Bahrain. His work has also been collected by Yemeni Royalty
and Dubai Royalty Prince Faisal.
In 2015, Notre Dame de France Catholic Church in Leicester Square,
London, commissioned a painting to commemorate the 150th anniversary of
its Marist congregation. Another commission is to follow.
He is currently working in his French studio on a large project for a chapel
in Coutances, Normandy.
Timur D’Vatz explores pictorial space with stylishly constructed mis-enscenes.
His art offers a modern day take on ancient legends and reappropriated
symbols sourced from, among other things, early Byzantine art
and medieval tapestries.
Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Timur D’Vatz's works is the way in
which his art is inextricably linked to the world of textiles; for example, he
excels at depicting the rich fabrics of Chinese silk printing, influenced by the
intricate patterns of the Nabis School.
His shapes and patterns take on a life of their own, lending a lyrical harmony
to the composition. Timur’s elongated figures and symbolic details form a
Baroque collage of ancient myths and legends.
The insistent flatness of the image, moreover, renders the elongated figures
of his protagonists – the hunters, hounds and falcons - inseparable from their
environment; they seem not so much to inhabit the space as to merge with
Today, Timur D'Vatz spends time between his studios in Normandy and
London. Though he has moved from the Uzbekistan region, he still
expresses the soul of the Silk Road in his life and work. He is a part of the
journey: a timeless traveller who weaves his magic on an eternal Byzantine
ABOUT ANDAKULOVA GALLERY
Andakulova Gallery, Dubai, is a contemporary art gallery whose objective is
to promote Central Asia’s contemporary visual arts. It serves as a platform to
exhibit and support emerging to established contemporary artists from
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (or the
‘Stans’) across a variety of media.
Founded by Natalya Andakulova, its higher purpose is to cultivate a
dialogue between Central Asia and the Middle East by re-introducing the art
of the ‘Stans’ to the artistic hub of Dubai. The gallery strives to build
relationships between artists, writers, specialists and collectors.