Park West Gallery Features Modern Classicism of Artist Igor Medvedev

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Park West Gallery Artist Biography series invites you to enter a world of serene beauty, balance and order through the artwork of Igor Medvedev. Simple concepts intimate a mysterious, spiritual mood by way of stunning light and shadow, dramatic color and a sense of structural harmony.

Park West Gallery Artist Biography series invites you to enter a world of serene beauty, balance and order through the artwork of Igor Medvedev. Simple concepts intimate a mysterious, spiritual mood by way of stunning light and shadow, dramatic color and a sense of structural harmony.

"I seek a composition that extends to the edges of the painting, as if grabbing its edges by arms so that the image does not move, so that it is really solid and firm. That is what makes the form interesting to me. And the subject is the content. I am after the tension between the form and the content. The image is determined by the mode of manifestation." - Igor Medvedev

Born in 1931 in Kharkov, Ukraine, Medvedev relocated to Poland, Austria, and Germany but eventually arrived in the United States in 1948. He graduated from Dartmouth College and later earned Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees from the University of California, Berkley. After participating in a variety of solo shows and exhibitions, Medvedev enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1954, he finished his service and moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a draftsman for Lockheed Aircraft and as a graphic designer for IBM.

Medvedev was involved with the pioneering 1967 publication of a book which documented unofficial art in the Soviet Union. He co-founded the Graphics Art Center and Estamp Gallery in Palo Alto and later taught at San Mateo State College and Foothill College in Los Altos. It was at the urging of his second wife, Marina, whom he married in 1977, that Medvedev moved his family to San Francisco. This new environment encouraged the recognition Medvedev received from a variety of prestigious art galleries and facilitated his first real success as an artist.

His extensive travels in Greece, Spain, Morocco, and Turkey heavily influenced Medvedev's preferred subject matters of architecture and cityscape. Medvedev's urgent response to the destruction of the ecology of the ancient cities he visits so often is to act as a preservationist depicting them in their tranquility. Boats, architecture, doors, and windows in these scenes are captured as if mysterious symbols suspended in time. Brightly saturated colors achieve an extraordinary depth as a perfect sense of composition almost mathematically places every element in the space of the composition.

Park West Gallery of Michigan founded in 1969 are America's largest art dealer, selling more individual artworks than any other art dealer in the United States. Since 1980, the company has occupied its own 63,000 sq ft art gallery and in 2002, Park West built a 181,000 sq ft distribution center and gallery in Miami Lakes, Florida. Park West Gallery conducts auctions across North America in fine hotels and maintains an active catalog and internet sales business. Park West Gallery is also the largest art dealer conducting auctions at sea and currently conducts auctions on more than 60 ships for the following cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Lines; Celebrity Cruises Inc.; Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; Radisson Seven Seas Cruises; Royal Caribbean International; Windstar Cruises.

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