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7.11.2019 - 7.01.2020

Alibay Bapanov works in different techniques: he paints in oils, weaves tapestries, makes felt and volumetric artifacts. This time he shows the viewer compositions created using the felting technique. It is attractive in that it seems to directly capture the act of creativity. At all times, wool is loosened and scattered with a broad gesture, rolled up and poured over with boiling water, rolled and even danced on it. From this set of bodily movements, a household item arose, decorated with a national traditional ornament, marked by the symbolism of sound.

Tekemets Alibaya report on a personal, personal feeling of the world. In them, an idea born of intuition is happily transformed into a temperamental or contemplative image of the world. In the creation of images, scraps, scraps, pieces left after the creative actions of Alibai himself, his wife Saule, his daughter Aya, and talented artists are often involved. From this "rubbish", a variety of outlines, and there is a composition. The challenge is to embed each element where it needs to be, without changing their configuration, like it's a chicken. And it's hard. After all, a chicken is just an elegant thing. The artist creates images. Gives accents. And therefore the life of details in space is different than in folk tekemete, where an ideal plane reigns. The surface of the felt in Alibai's compositions, perhaps, resembles a canvas of a painter working with a wide brush or palette knife, creating an expressive relief texture. The difference, however, is that the size of the stroke depends on the painter, while Alibay has a ready-made part at his disposal. From the modern, perhaps, a comparison with a puzzle will do. Although there you just need to collect a ready-made image. And here the composition is born simultaneously with its invention. Perhaps a comparison with poetry is appropriate, where there can be a long search for the necessary word.


At the same time, even an interesting plot is not enough. It is desirable that a roll call occurs between the colored spots and the contours - and then the melody of the image will be born. Only this can captivate the viewer, the soul, the consciousness of the viewer. I must say that Alibay Bapanov copes well with all this. Various components of the creative act perfectly coexist in it: a sense of color, a sense of rhythm, a sense of spatial caesura and, most importantly, a sense of harmony. Without all this, it is impossible to create a fascinating picture of the world, where there is a place for the eternal world grief and the tree of life, heartfelt conversation with the sky, happy travels and much more that excites the artist's soul.

Alibay Bapanov, speaking in a modern and personal way, never leaves the space of Kazakh culture. Everything connected with nomadism excites him endlessly. Therefore, in the exposition you can see a samovar and a teapot carefully wrapped in a woolen sheath, elegant resemblances of felt shabadan and other traditional household items. And even - an elegant, fragile variation on the theme of the sacred ancestral memory "Zheti ata" - seven generations of ancestors. Love for the past of one talented person is able to revive the past, to actualize it for the congenial viewer.

About the author:

ALIBAY BAPANOV (Karaozek, Kyzylorda Oblast, 1953) lives and works in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

In 1973 he graduated from the Alma-Ata Art School and was sent by the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan to study in Moscow. In 1979 he graduated from the Moscow State Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov, a workshop of monumental painting under the direction of the People's Artist of the Russian Federation Yuri Korolev (at that time the General Director of the Tretyakov Gallery). In 1980 he served in the ranks of the Soviet army in Moscow and took part in organizing and decorating the architectural structures of the 1980 Olympics.

Since 1981 A. Bapanov begins to work as a teacher at the Alma - Ata Art School and the Oner Fine Arts Combine. Bapanov A.K. made a great contribution to the development of modern art of Kazakhstan, its propaganda abroad, together with his wife Bapanova Saule, he organized at least 40 personal exhibitions, 15 of them abroad.

Since 1987 Bapanov A.K. worked as a senior teacher, associate professor, and now, professor and head of the personal creative workshop at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T. Zhurgenov.

In 1988-2000 he headed the department of monumental painting.

During these years, he developed the main programs for specials. subjects of master's and bachelor's degrees such as monumental art, painting, composition, special. drawing and contemporary art. He is currently teaching the program of monumental and decorative arts.

Bapanov combines professorial and teaching work with creative activity. His highly professional, modern tapestries, created in the spirit of the Kazakh worldview, adorn many state and private architectural objects of Kazakhstan. These are the interiors of the Residence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty and Astana, the US Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the building of the Akimat and Tengiz - Chevroil in Atyrau, the Kazakh National University. Al - Farabi in Almaty, “Kazakhstan” store in Volgograd, interiors of a church in Scarsdale in America, a creative center in the UAE Art Hub in Abu Dhabi, etc.

In 2007, the PF "Academy of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan" was awarded the title of academician, member of the International Alliance of American Tapestry (ATA) since 2012.

A.K. For many years Bapanov was a member of the Board and Secretariat of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He was a delegate to the VIII Congress of USSR Artists, which was held in the Moscow Kremlin Palace of Congresses.

In 2003, for his contribution to the development of fine arts, training and education of young artists, he was awarded a medal «For hard work».

In 2008, for the creation of a series of monumental tapestries and felt panels, for his great contribution to the development of decorative and monumental art in Kazakhstan, A. Bapanov was awarded the title of the Independent Prize Laureate

"Platinum Tarlan".

In 2011 he was awarded the jubilee medal "20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan"

In 2013, he was awarded an anniversary medal in connection with the 80th anniversary of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan «For the best creativity».

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