"My works do not illustrate any specific idea or story. My goal is to create an image that can be interpreted in multiple ways. Through the years, developing my style, I have been aiming at cutting off the unnecessary and reaching a concentrated emotion"
Oleg Khvostov uses themes from traditional painting genres – landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, multi-figured compositions – but also includes numerous "remakes" of world-famous works of art, from Leonardo to Jeff Koons. Nonetheless, his characteristic method of consciously simplifying form, freeing it from excess detail, and giving underscored roundness and cylindricity to shapes, in conjunction with his bold colors and large canvases, make his artistic manner original and easily identifiable. His use of a vivid, contrastive color palette and his deliberate simplicity imbue the artist's works with the decorative effect and irony of pop art.
Seductive Roundnesses – Navicula Artis Gallery, St. Petersburg, 2018
Elastic World – Art Dynasty Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 2016