Halcyon Gallery, London, presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by Russian artist Dashi Namdakov. The landmark exhibition opened on 16 May and runs until 7 July 2012. The collection includes 45 sculptures and drawings created by the artist over last 12 years and showcases the artist’s extraordinary craftsmanship and highly original style which combines traditional spiritual imagery with present day realities.
“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, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
Preferring to work in bronze, “the most visually expressive material” according to Namdakov, his work submerges the viewer into the world of ancient legends, 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.
From the lyrical simplicity of the Madonna with a Little Bird to the fierce, emotional intensity of Target and Genghis Khan, A Nomad’s Universe opens a door into the beguiling, magical world of Namdakov’s nomadic heritage and will delight and intrigue visitors of all ages.
“The sculptures invite admiration with their solid presence, their clearly defined forms, their naturally styled decorative features, their exquisitely finished surfaces, their total command of the medium, and indeed their ability to convey the artist’s subtle sense of irony.” Lyudmila Martz
Namdakov is a renowned sculptor in Russia with a growing following in North America and Europe. 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 collectors include the Russian President V. Putin, Roman Abramovich and collectors in the USA, UK and internationally.
The exhibition at Halcyon Gallery follows the installation of a specially commissioned sculpture by Namdakov of Genghis Khan in Marble Arch. The spectacular bronze statue rises to almost five metres from hoof to helmet and features the great Mongolian leader descending from heaven on horseback. Genghis Khan is placed next to Cumberland Gate, Marble Arch, against the beautiful backdrop of Hyde Park. The location has been chosen to allow thousands of Londoners and visitors the chance to view Genghis Khan as they pass through one of London’s busiest junctions.
Dashi Namdakov comments: “I am grateful to the Halcyon Gallery for their support of my art in the UK. The gallery has an extensive experience of working with artists, and I hope our common efforts will be interesting to the people of London”.