The Eternal Divine: The Art of Oksana Prokopenko

December 20, 2018 - January 18, 2019

The Gallery at the Sheen Center

The process of creation is a spiritual practice, communion with the divine, a prayer that involves mind, soul and body. My hands that create the work are obedient to the Spirit. I become the proverbial pencil in the hands of God. The Eternal Divine is expressed in the myriad temporal, yet no less divine parts. So is my work composed of tiny bits, which when taken together bring forth the divine spiritual image. That in turn awakens and brings forth the divine in the viewer. All of us are tidbits of divine, waiting to be awakened to the reality of our true nature. Then love awakens in our hearts as well, and spreads forth.

Oksana Prokopenko is a Ukrainian-born artist now living and working in the NYC area. She received university education in both the US at NYU and the Ukraine, at the Kiev Moyla Academy. She creates oil paintings as well as micro-mosaics from tiny pieces of glass. Prokopenko’s works have been acquired into the permanent collections of museums in the USA and Italy. She has been featured on the Russian international TV network, NTV, radio shows, and numerous publications. To quote Margo Grant, the Museum of Russian Art’s director, “The soul of Prokopenko’s work is in her walking that fine line between the transcendent and the ordinary. Prokopenko has achieved sheer brilliance in her deft treatment of the tiny pieces in her micro-mosaics. What’s more is that it is done with a rainbow of majestic colors.” Sue Dymond of The Glass Craftsman describes viewing Oksana’s work as “basking in quiet brilliance” and suggests – “Prepare to be inspired.” Russian NTV network’s Blagonravova states, “Oksana’s work is made not only with thousands of glass pieces, but also out of thousands of prayerful words.” Prokopenko is a rarity in today’s contemporary art scene. Her work process is similar to artists that worked hundreds of years before her with an intense focus on precision, quality and detail. Often described as a colorist, her colors inspire the viewer to spiritual and emotional heights similar to those felt by Prokopenko during her creative process, which has been described as a spiritual practice – a colorist’s communion with the divine.

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 20 @ 5PM

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