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THE JESTER WITH THE WHISTLE

Paintings by Yuri Dyrin

Tartu, OBU Gallery, May 5 to 23, 1999

Vernissage: May 5, 1999, at 5 p.m.

The works of Yuri Dyrin (born August 25, 1967) are similar in spirit to these of other young Finno-Ugric artists in search of new ways of expression during the last 10 years (the Mari Alexander Ivanov, the Komi Pavel Mikushev, the Udmurt Sergei Orlov et al). Parallel developments in Estonian art appear in the works of Albert Gulk and Navitrolla. Yuri Dyrinís large-sized paintings express in bright colours an understanding of his peopleís traditional religion. The colour pattern seen in his paintings coincides with that of national costumes and other traditional handicraft of the Erzya people. The works of this school - called the ethno-futurist school in Estonia - often depict fantastic creatures (protective spirits and the like) known from the folklore of the people of the artistís origin. Yuri Dyrinís creation is likewise interesting in the different styles he uses.

Navitrolla has specially selected Dyrinís works for the exhibition in his gallery.

Dyrinís first visit to Estonia took place in August 1998, when he participated in the camp of young Finno-Ugric artists in Piirissaar.

The following works are exhibited:

  1. King of the Forest 90 ◊ 70
  2. Water Sprite 50 ◊ 70
  3. Spirit of the Country 70 ◊ 90
  4. Sleepwalker 100 ◊ 70
  5. Ethnic Prayer 60 ◊ 70
  6. Country Bird 60 ◊ 70
  7. The Jester with the Whistle 70 ◊ 90
  8. Bright Dream 50 ◊ 90
  9. Chud and Merya 70 ◊ 90
  10. Buck 70 ◊ 90

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