16 Jul 2012 - 17 Dec 2012 | 24 Bruton Street, London
Selected sculptures from Dashi Namdakov’s recent exhibition A Nomad’s Universe at 144-146 New Bond Street will be exhibited on the ground and lower ground floors at 24 Bruton Street. The exhibition showcases the artist’s highly original style and imagery which combines the spiritual traditions of the past with present day realities: the characters that Namdakov creates are simultaneously fantastical and strikingly authentic.
Preferring to work in bronze, ‘the most visually expressive material’ according to Namdakov, his work submerges the viewer into the world of ancient legends, of horsemen, warriors, shamans and Buddhist lamas. All works reflect ancient Siberian and Central Asian cultures and are rooted in the artist’s childhood.
“Namdakov is a talented artist who uses his classical training in the traditions of the Russian school of sculpture to create unique works that are steeped in the spirit of Buddhism.”
Lyudmila Martz, Head of Department, Sculpture of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
Namdakov is a renowned sculptor in Russia with a growing following in North America and Europe and his work can be found in public collections including: the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the State Museum of Oriental Arts in Moscow, the Russian Contemporary Art Museum in Moscow, Tibet House in New York City and the Guangzhou Museum of Art in China. Private collections include the Russian President V. Putin, Roman Abramovich and collectors in the USA, UK and internationally.
“Namdakov has caught audiences by surprise and captured viewers’ imagination straight away. He immediately became known as a truly original artist. It took just a few years for him to become an influential figure, defining a trend in contemporary sculpture.”
Maria Menshikova, Senior Research Fellow and Curator of Chinese Decorative Arts and Jewellery, Oriental Department, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.