Andakulova Gallery, Dubai
Drawing inspiration from ancient histories, early Byzantine art, medieval tapestries, and mythology Timur D'Vatz produces dreamlike creations featuring the timeless metaphor of hunting.
He used the motifs of dogs and falconers to emphasize the ancient theme of a hunt. Here, he depicts the figure of a hunter with the pointed hat of a magician or shaman ready for the sacred ritual. The gold colored hunting robes emphasize the idea of the ceremony while the birds of prey perched on the arm and the dog posed with overarching necks give a sense of movement. The concept, widely held among hunting people and often found in prehistoric art referred to them as the master of the animals.
Early Russian icons influence the elongated forms of the figures as seen here. The use of golden colors reflects the traditional gold ornamentation of Uzbekistan. D'Vatz masterfully merges the ancient culture and traditions of Central Asia to create a powerfully iconic image.
Born in Moscow, Russia in 1968. He completed his studies at the Republican College of Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1987. He subsequently studied in the postgraduate program at the London's Royal Academy after receiving the Jack Goldhill and the Sir James Walker scholarships from 1993 to 1996. His work which has been described as a fused between ancient symbols and legends and its modernist form has a vibrancy of color that offers a modernist approach to the traditional Byzantine and Russian Art. He won several awards including the A.T Kearney Prize (1996) and the BP Portrait Award from the National Portrait Gallery in London (2002). D'Vatz then collaborated with Corrie Nielsen for London Fashion Week in 2011 and with fashion brand Alice + Olivia in 2015. He also illustrated the book, "The English Knight' by Christopher Long. Selected exhibitions include, "The Influence of Historicism," London (2012); Uzbekistan Embassy, London (2013); "The Rites of Spring," Abu Dhabi (2015); and "The Flight Into Egypt" in Notre Dame de France Cathedral, London (2015).
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