The online exhibition of a famous photographer Oleksandr Shuleshko “Town.Artists”
to the 266th Kropyvnytskyi – a joint project of O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum and the
periodical “Vechirnia Hazeta”.
Shuleshko Oleksandr Ivanovych – a member of the
National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (1994), a laureate of the Municipal Award among
Photo Artists named after Vasyl Kovpak (2020). Was born on July 2, 1962, in Kirovohrad
(now Kropyvnytskyi).Graduated with honors from Kyiv Engineering College in the study
program “photographic engineering” (1989). Worked as a press photographer in the
regional newspapers “Narodne Slovo” and “VisnykRehionu”. Since 2019, is a press
photographer of the periodical of the territorial community of the town of Kropyvnytskyi
A participant of town, regional, and all-Ukrainian photo exhibitions
and photo competitions. Awarded with Certificate of Merit from the National Union of
Journalists of Ukraine for the 1st place in all-Ukrainian photo competition “Ukraine: a
moment of our life” (2013), Diploma of the exhibition of all-Ukrainian photo plein air
“Kirovohrad-Haivoron – 2016”. In 2020, by the application of the staff of
O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum got the Diploma of a laureate of Municipal Award named
after Vasyl Kovpak for high professional skills in photo art, creation of photo materials
aimed at enrichment and preservation of historical heritage, coverage of economic, social,
cultural life of the town of Kropyvnytskyi.
Cooperates with Kirovohrad Regional Organization of the National Union
of Artists of Ukraine. Is an active participant of the regional art plein airs: “July
lace in Rozumivka” in the village of Rozumivka, Aleksandrivka district, the Kirovohrad
Oblast (2012), to Artist Day in the town of Svitlovodsk (2017), the town of Oleksandriia
(2018), and in the studio of a famous painter, member of the National Union of Artists of
Ukraine Anatolii Shapovalov in the village of Adzhamka, Kirovohrad district, the
Kirovohrad Oblast (2019).
Oleksandr Shuleshko photographs are constantly published in the town
and regional photo albums – “Town and people. Yelisavethrad – Kirovohrad. 1754-2004”
(2004), “Kirovohrad region.History. Traditions. Modern times. To the 70th anniversary of
the Kirovohrad Oblast” (2008), “Kirovohrad region. We are Ukrainian” (2012), “Ukraine.
The Kirovohrad Oblast” (2012), “Modern town: Kirovohrad dimension” (2012), “September
hardstones. 43rd all-Ukrainian holiday of performing art. September 25-29, 2013. To the
75th anniversary of the Kirovohrad Oblast” (2013), “Kirovohrad region in the mirror of
time. To the 75th anniversary of the Kirovohrad Oblast” (2013), “Poem about the city”
Oleksandr Shuleshko is a participant of art projects of O.O.Osmerkin
Art-Memorial Museum: themes photo exhibition “Revolution of Dignity, Chronicles of the
events” dedicated to the anniversary of the tragic events on Maidan in February 2014
(2015), cultural and art project in the creative studio of a sculptor, member of the
National Union of Artists of Ukraine Viktor Frenchko “By the language of plastics.
Viktor Frenchko on life and art” from the series of art exhibitions “In an artist’s
studio”, where the author’s photo installations were exhibited “In the sculptor’s
studio” (2016), publications in the periodical “Vechirnia Hazeta” of a cycle of
articles on art history “Creative portrait of an artist” from the museum collection of
Modern Ukrainian Visual Art (2019-2020). Oleksandr Shuleshko’s personal exhibitions “Town.People”
(1997) and “Town.Space” (2013) were exhibited in the museum to Town Day.
A special place in the creative work of the photo artist Oleksandr
Shuleshko is given to the topics of the architecture of the native town in the natural
landscape and portraits of the representatives of culture and art – painters, poets,
musicians, writers, which are divided into separate art series. The most important traits
of his works are fixation of light which shapes his approaches to color and plastic of
forms and emotional state of nature and person. In landscapes, these concepts acquire
impressionistic forms – town landscapes full of enigmatic magic of sunlight or moonlight
often are completed with the shine of neon signs and flashes of city lights. In portraits,
the author pays special attention to the psychology of his characters. And in
compositional photo studies with people as objects, sudden situations or revelation of a
person’s traits from the unexpected angle impresses much.
There are more than thirty colored and black and white photographs at
the online exhibition. The photos are from the following series: “The Town of
Kropyvnytskyi: Architecture and Landscapes” and “Portrait Gallery of Kropyvnytskyi
Artists”, whichare characterized by a modern form of representation of photo image,
multidimensionality, clearness, and observation of rhythmical composition with the usage
of the heritage of classic photo art.