Art & Soul Gallery

What these recent paintings by artists from the former Soviet Union have in common is a strong grounding in the Russian tradition of realistic painting, although as a group the artists tend to depart from this tradition to some degree. Vladimir Zajtsev's "Evening at the River" (oil on canvas) depicts nude boys bathing in a river. The waterscape is painted in broad, varicolored brushstrokes that evoke the waning light of sunset. The boys' figures are more precisely delineated in a way that show the artist capable of a photo-real clarity. But he seems to prefer painting intuitively; he jars the camera of his technique to create a slightly blurred effect, as it were. Several of the paintings here verge on the surreal. One of Dmitry Sandjiev's "Cat Prints" shows hundreds of cats crawling over a ruined landscape punctuated by broken stone columns. Sandjiev may be referring here to the destruction of his native province of Kalmikia in Southwest Russia and the deportation of its population to Siberia. Through Dec 31; 317-815-8210.

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Arts Editor

Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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