Daniil Shumikhin - New Now London Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    NewNow Gallery, Kyiv
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Daniil Shumikhin’s bronze sculpture Friends interrogates the relationships of matter to form, solidity to spatiality and abstraction to figuration. The work presents abstracted figures composed of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines and tactile surfaces. The compositional interrelation of the geometric and organic shapes serves to anthropomorphise the otherwise indistinguishable forms, imbuing them with emotion and character. Friends evidences the influence of Otto Herbert Hajek’s complex geometric configurations, the architectural motifs prescribed within the work of Lynn Chadwick, as well as Michel Guino’s almost complete abstraction of the human form. In the organicism of untreated bronze, the figures resound with the tall sculptural forms of Alberto Giacometti, yet here, the elongated elasticity and gestural tactility of Giacometti’s sculpture is replaced by the jagged edges, diagonal sails and fluctuating surface facture unique to Shumikhin. The close proximity of the figures affirms the work’s title, providing for the sculpture a poignancy that resonates with the experience of friendship. The fluidity with which the textural and spatial components of the work oscillate from rough to smooth, straight to rounded, symbolises the complex dynamism of human relationships. Friends is a part of the Subjects series, 2010, which features the artist’s near and dear as protagonists.



incised with the artist's signature, numbered and dated 'SHUMIKHIN D. 2010 2/5' on the base
67 x 35 x 18 cm (26 3/8 x 13 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2010, this work is number 2 from an edition of 5.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £2,750

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London Auction 12 December 2019