Featured Artist: Dmitry Borshch

The drawings belong to two related series, first of which I describe thus, ‘Exiled from Truth: Nine Allegories’ by Dmitry Borshch. The title which some allegorical pictures are collected, possibly more than nine: the series continues to develop. They are united by color, style, and technique, so I view them as a homogeneous collection of drawings. Allegory, drawn or written, is a product of that mind which regards truth as existing-in-absence: it does exist yet is absent from our view. Allegories like mine would not be needed if truth were openly present. The second series is called ‘Iconography.’ Inspired by prints after Anthony van Dyck’s drawings which collectively bear the same name, it includes portraits of living artists, writers, politicians, distinguished soldiers. Together these series reveal one artist’s journey from allegory to engagement with contemporary, and often political matters.

‘Koch – Mayor of the City of New York’
2011, ink on paper, 50 x 27 inches
(Ed Koch posed for this portrait in May of 2011)


‘Doctor Kissinger’, also called ‘In seine Hand die Macht gegeben’
2012, ink on paper, 32 x 17 inches
(Henry Kissinger posed for this portrait in November of 2011)

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‘Wildbirds Among Branches’
2008, ink on paper, 15 x 20 inches

‘The Making of Brothers’
2010, ink on paper, 37 x 42 inches

‘Fencing on the Gallows Tree’
2009, ink on paper, 23 x 29 inches

‘The Loaded Kiss (Dmitry and Leemour)’
2011, ink on paper, 27 x 17 inches

Dmitry Borshch was born in Dnepropetrovsk, studied in Moscow and today lives in New York.  His drawings and sculptures have been exhibited at the National Arts Club (New York), Brecht Forum (New York), ISE Cultural Foundation (New York), and the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg).  http://dmitryborshch.tumblr.com