Sasha Pichuskin is a minimalist in the most pure sense of the word. He ponders things, looks at the excess and strips back what’s unnecessary: leaving a pure, unadulterated product.
You wonder how something so simple could say so much, but the elegant whimsy inherent in Pichuskin’s work speaks volumes. He uses oil and texture paste, gouache and even colour marker pen to create his works, drawing seemingly freehand creations that come directly from within.
Block colours, shapes and lines dominate his works, semi-childlike drawings sketched out over the top of one another. His work is raw, seeming to come from a deep innate inner eye. Pichuskin tells stories, softly spoken stories that you have to hunt for deep within the work. He also works with textures, contrasting layer after layer of thick oil paints with softer smudges of purple on canvas.
Depth and possibilities lurk within Pichuskin’s paintings, abstract notions of fear and love that you have to hunt for, but when you find them, you will feel more rewarded than if you had been able to see them the entire time.
Words/ Ruby Giles