The personal online exhibition of works of book
graphics by Halyna Shulakova “Magical World of Childhood” presents art and
literature works of Kyiv amateur master and is dedicated to International
Children’s Book Day.
International Children’s Book Day is celebrated annually on
April 2 on Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. This holiday was initiated by
the International Board on Books for Young People in 1967 to promote the
important role of children’s books in the shaping of the spiritual and
intellectual worldview of young people. At this trying and dynamic time when
children get information from different resources, works of children’s
authors are tested for their future existence.
Shulakova Halyna Serhiivna was born on April 9, 1954,
in Kirovohrad (now Kropyvnytskyi). Graduated from Oleksandriia College of
Culture, now Oleksandriia Professional College of Culture and Arts, majoring
in “director of a folk theatre” (1977). For many years has successfully
worked in the sphere of culture in Kirovohrad (Kropyvnytskyi) – in Art
School named after O.O.Osmerkin, the Department of Culture and Tourism of
the City Council. Currently, lives in Kyiv.
First drawing lessons she got in the studio of fine art in
the municipal Palace of the Pioneers. A child’s love to express emotions,
experience, and thought on paper, both in drawings and in poems, goes
through all her life. She draws her compositions with colored pencils,
markers also creates them with the help of computer graphics programs
complete them with the author’s poetic lines which are an integral part.
Has exhibited her drawings together with her daughter
Anastasiia, graduate of the Department of Foreign Languages of the Central
Ukrainian State Pedagogical University named after V.V.Vynnychenko (2001),
at the author’s art exhibitions – “Contemplations and fantasies” in
Children’s Art School named after O.O.Osmerkin (2006), “Spring Mosaics of
Halyna and Anastasiia Shulakovy” to International Cultural Worker and Folk
Art Amateurs Day in O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum (2008), and different
team vernissages. The works are kept in private collections in Ukraine and
The exposition of the current exhibition consists of unique
creative works which show the art and literature sides of the art work of
These are the author’s illustrated collections of poems for children: “Dream
is fluffing the pillow” (2015), “Magical World of Childhood” (2018), “Poems
for Toddlers about Birds and Animals” (2018), “Colorful Months” (2019) and
illustrations to the poem of a famous Ukrainian writer, poet, and
translator, a member of the Union of Writers of the USSR, born in the
Donetsk Oblast Hryhorii Pylypovych Boiko (1923-1978), Hrytsko Boiko, “Meany”
The curator of the project of the printed issues is Anastasia
Shulakova, design and page layout made by Nataliia Horelikova-Uchak.
The author’s illustrations of Halyna Shulakova is an
incredible world filled with kindness and light, happiness and joy, it gives
children a good mood and knowledge. Her drawings are a bright visualization
of the content of the poetic miniatures; they help children to explore the
surrounding world, nature, interesting things about life on the Earth, and
moreover with humor reflects different imperfections of child’s character
which often can be found in adults too. Colorful compositions marked with
simplicity and clarity of an image where the main character is in the center
and the images are emotional and dynamic. Genre drawings are made in a
realistic manner understandable for children, with colored pencils on A5
paper with the dimensions 14,8õ21 (cm).
The characters of art and poetic works of Halyna Shulakova
reflect our modern life, encourage readers to contemplate and imagine,
suggest to take a break from gadgets and take a book.