At the Firehouse Theater, enjoy the artwork of Olga Sushkova-Hunyadi until March 22. She has worked as a painter for over 14 years, after graduating with honors at Kazan Art College, Russia.
She has participated in group and regional exhibitions, and held solo shows in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. Since 2018, she has lived and worked in Lowell. In 2018-2019 Olga took part in shows in Massachusetts and New York (National Opera Center).
Recently, she also held solo shows in Lowell (home event), Lexington (Lexington Community Center), and Nashua (Nashua Public Library). Her works are also in private collections in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Estonia, China, Canada and the USA.
“In my recent art work, which were created in 2018-2020, I was inspired by the American environment.
Everything is new for my eyes here. Every day I see never-seen-before images and feel unusual feelings. As an artist I transform everything that I see in my own reality. My art depends much on the place where I live, and my paintings changed since I moved to US.
People say that my color scheme has changed. It became more blue, the tones became darker. I thought several times about it, and that’s what comes to mind. Firstly, purely mechanically: here in America, in Massachusetts tones and colors are completely different. I live in a former industrial city, and red bricks and emerald window frames dominate here. And the black street lights. In general, all architecture is associated with such combinations of colors, with the addition of ultramarine. Deep blue – the desire to use it everywhere also because of these associations.
Who watched the movie “Once Upon a Time in America” – it is something like this film feels like.
Blue is associated with depth, with mysterious darkness, mystery, wisdom. Secondly, I began to want to fill the picture with some meanings that were not there before. If earlier I was able to do it easily and directly, now I want to sit on the painting for a long time, painting it and filling it with something, whether with texture, objects or unusual elements. I would like to make combinations of elements, objects, interior or exterior even more unexpected and bearing some kind of meaning. Well, and, probably, (my) childhood just finally ended. It seems so.”