Jaroslav Hrustalenko | Creativity driven by the passion for colour, shape and strong visual impression.
Jaroslav Hrustalenko"Jaroslav Hrustalenko is an internationally renowned artist based in the UK. He has been engaged in creative practice and 3D design professionally since 1989.
A Ukrainian descendant of multi-ethnic ancestors, Jaroslav grew up in a multi-lingual environment saturated with culture, surrounded by art, music, literature and science. His creativity is driven by the passion for colour, shape and strong visual impression.
The artist constantly searches for new creative ideas and sources of inspiration, which may come from almost anything (but ceramics). He frequently turns to nature, which in his opinion is the greatest teaching resource. He goes for long walks along the countryside to admire the rhythmic patterns of the rich landscape diversity, dissolve in space and time listening to the birds, and to study the impact of time on the pebbles and weathered boulders protruding from the half-dry river bed. His inquisitive eye examines the variety of geological formations, trying to reconstruct (in raw clay) the actual processes that shaped them. This enables him to develop a totally new set of expressive means, virtually non-existent before. So called “organic geometry” and “controlled chaos” became the key features to his body of work of this period (1998-2006).
All of this mixed experience simultaneously influences Jaroslav’s comprehending and interpretation of composition and harmony in almost any form of human activity - like fine art, dance choreography, culinary art, oriental massage, vehicle design, perfume making, etc. A major shift in his understanding of this matter happens during an (initially not very exciting) commission for the brewery concern of Laško d.d. (Slovenia), requiring him to develop and make from scratch 1035 pieces of commemorative ‘Millennium 2000’ beer mugs as business Protocol Gifts – in just 2 months, entirely by hand. Having locked himself up in the studio, Jaroslav could see nothing but grey clay, grey walls, grey floor, and the grey army of tankards being finished for the bisque firing. So once, during his university trip to the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Jaroslav unexpectedly finds himself in front of the ‘View of Arles’ by Van Gogh, and suddenly experiences a “colour explosion” of his own. This new unexpected angle that opens up to him, after the months of seeing nothing but shades of grey in his workshop, leads him to a brand new series of experiments with the colour wheel by shading out certain sequences of hue, following the principles and logic of harmonies in music rather than that in fine art, constantly assessing the outcomes against the existing examples in impressionism, expressionism and abstract art as well as in product design.
This absolutely vast experience leads Jaroslav to a principle change in his interpretation of industrial product design and understanding its aesthetical aspects as well as the structural features of the three-dimensional body, its appearance in space and the subjective aspect of its perception. Jaroslav becomes literally obsessed with modular approach to designing artistic pottery vessels and bespoke geometry ceramic tiles as a vehicle or method for generating new shapes unseen and unthought-of before.
In 2006 Jaroslav enters an even more exciting period of creativity as he enrols at UCA in Farnham to take his MA course in 3D design. Here he meets Ashley Howard, Magdalene Odundo and (now very sadly late) Emmanuel Cooper, thanks to whose joint influence Jaroslav, in his pursuit of perfection, gradually arrives at his genuinely individual and distinctive style, remaining true to his original ideas and aspirations.
Jaroslav Hrustalenko holds qualifications of Master of Art in 3D design (since 2007) as well as Professor of Fine Art (2005). From November 2019 he is also a selected member of the Craft Potters Association (CPA).
Jaroslav has exhibited widely both in group and solo shows in the UK and abroad. He is a qualified tutor and the author of several publications. His artworks are kept in numerous private collections worldwide." Jaroslav Hrustalenko 2020
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