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About the Artist

Andriy Khomyk

Andriy Khomyk was born in Lviv, Ukraine, on May 28, 1962. He graduated from the Faculty of Design of Lviv College of Applied end Decorative Arts in 1981, and from the Faculty of Decorative Ceramics of the Lviv Academy of the Arts in 1986. He has worked in the fields of easel painting and book printing art, and since 1991 in the field of easel painting on glass. He has participated in international and national exhibitions, and has had personal exhibitions of paintings on glass in Lviv, 1993, USA, 1995, Kyiv, 1996, Lviv, 1996, Krakow, 1997, USA, 1997, Lviv, 1998, Lviv, 1999, and USA, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and Canada 2018.

His works can be found in private collections in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, France, Canada, and the United States; a number of his works were purchased by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.

Professional positions

1989 – 1999         Art teacher in Lviv, Ukraine; Art School for Children.
1989 – present     Book illustrator and graphic artist

Education

Degree in Ceramic Art
Lviv Institute – Academy of Decorative and Fine Arts
Lviv, Ukraine, 1986

Degree in Decorative and Applied Arts
Ivan Troush College of Decorative and Applied Arts
Lviv, Ukraine, 1981

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Major Exhibits & Past Events

Andriy Khomyk displays his work at many Ukrainian festivals throughout the United States. For specifics, or to find out whether he’ll be attending a festival near you, feel free to email the artist with your questions!

2018 Toronto, Canada KUMF Gallery – One-man Show
2004 Stamford, Connecticut City Center – One-man Show
2003 Wilton, Connecticut Tom E Toes Restaurant – One-man Show
Stamford, Connecticut Stamford Art Association – Group Exhibit
2002 Wilton, Connecticut Zellner’s Gallery – Group Exhibit
2001 Hunter, New York Annual Exhibition of Ukrainian Artists in USA – Group Exhibit
Stamford, Connecticut Ukrainian Museum and Library of Stamford – One-man show
1999 Warren, Michigan Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Schools – One-man show
Lviv, Ukraine The Palace of Art – Group Exhibition
1998 Lviv, Ukraine National Museum of Art – Group Exhibit
Peremysl, Poland Third International Painting Buennial
1997 Sharon, NH Sharon Art Center – Group Exhibit
New York, New York Mayana Gallery – One-man show
Chicago, Illinois Ukrainian Cultural Center – One-man show
Ann Arbor, Michigan University of Michigan – One-man show
Warren, Michigan EKO Gallery – One-man show
Krakow, Poland St. Wolodymyr Ukrainian Foundation – One-man show
1996 Kyiv, Ukraine America House – One-man show
Lviv, Ukraine Sheptytskyj Foundation – One-man show
Lviv, Ukraine Ukrainian Artists’ Union – One-man show
1995 Syracuse, New York State Fair – State-wide Competition Finalist
Kerhonkson, New York One-man Show
Krakow, Poland St. Wolodymyr Foundation – Group Exhibit
1994 Krakow, Poland Journalist Club – Group Exhibit
Kyiv, Ukraine Ukrainian House – Group Exhibit
1993 Lviv, Ukraine Ukrainian Writers’ Union – One-man show
Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine IMPRESSA ’93 – Biennial Exhibition
1991 Freiburg, Germany Group Exhibit
1991-1997 Zhdynia, Poland Exhibited at the annual Lemkivska Vatra Festival
1990 Lviv, Ukraine Museum of Ethnography – Group Exhibit

The History

THE HISTORY of painting on the reverse side of a sheet of glass has to be as long as the history of glass itself – since Antiquity. Nobody now can say for sure when and where this technique was born. Actually Ancient Rome and China can argue for being the cradle for it. The oldest, surviving examples of reverse glass art are Roman dishes from the 3rd & 4th centuries, where the gold design was sandwiched between two layers of glass. Towards the end of the Renaissance, the technique was adapted for use with water based paints in Italy and subsequently grew in popularity across the rest of Europe. As glass making skills spread throughout the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, other countries incorporated reverse painting into their work & culture. Reverse painting appealed to both classically trained and folk artists. The term ‘reverse glass painting’ generally refers to vernacular, icon-like and religious-themed paintings that were made from the mid-18th century until the close of the 19th century. They have been made particularly in the forested mountainous regions of Central Europe, such as Silesia, Bohemia, Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland. That art form can be found not only in Europe, but in Turkey, Syria, Iran, India and Japan. A favored art form of long standing in the Orient and Europe, reverse painting on glass enjoyed its greatest popularity in America during the early 1880s. The finest American reverse paintings on glass were produced between 1800 -1850. Reverse painting on glass is rarely seen today; few have ever seen a work of art produced by this unusual method.

The Technique

THE TECHNIQUE is not such complicated, as it appears to be. The image is carried on glass in exactly the same resulting in unique effects manner as on canvas, paper or wood; but when we look at the image, we look through the glass – which serves both as a support and a protective varnish. Everything is backwards from traditional painting. The working image is on the back of the glass. The viewer looks trough the glass on to the painted layers. Letters, symbols, and images are painted as the mirror image to how they normally read, in order to be correct when the glass is turned over to be viewed. Details or accents which would ordinarily be painted last, are painted first; the background, instead of being painted first, is last. All the details have to be correct as it is not possible to make corrections without destroying the underlying work. When the painting is finished the glass is turned over and displayed with the paint behind the glass. Therefore, three “reverses” take place: the paint is applied in reverse order, the glass is turned over when the painting is completed, and the design or painting is seen in reverse — that is, the right-hand side of the pattern appears on the left-hand side through the glass. When painting on glass special care must be taken in the selection of the color palette due to the primacy of color. The synergy of paint and glass has a depth and luminousness unlikely in any other medium. Painting on glass is a very time-consuming and difficult handicraft operation. There is no place for a mistake because this what you first paint will always be in the front of the painting and you have no possibility to change it.

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