Simon Shoykhet – Solo Exhibition
Is it a damp cold winter, is it a hot and humid summer? – The conference room of Kings Bay Library is a sweet escape from all weather’s freaks. We are already seasoned by magics of all previous exhibitions, but his time as we enter the venue, we are still more amazed by paintings of Simon Shoykhet.
His paintings are diverse in colors and drawing styles, they depict different places, and every painting has a descriptive poem attached to it. These poems are no less artistic then paintings, and explain artist’s feeling of the way he decided to draw the painting.
On one of the paintings – we see the old house in Odessa, where Shoykhet is from and where exactly he used to live. Other painting – depict picturesque street of Venice, there is also still life painting of scenes on Neva River in St Petersburg, and a colorful drawing of Paris. As he read a poem about it – many hidden details of his personal experience about Paris were revealed. As Simon said – he does not merely paint to copy the place like photographs do, he tries his best to convey the air and atmosphere of the place he sees. For example – look for colorful is the Western (wailing) wall in Jerusalem on his paintings.
As I told you – Simon is a poet as well, but he is even more remarkable as a writer and novelist. His novels are not only about the bright and finest side of life, he writes about wars and conflicts as well.
The desk was laid with books of the novels he publishes, and which can be obtained through Barnes and Nobles. Not every writer deserves that honor. And the book, Simon decided to read aloud at the presentation is “No One Left Behind.” It’s a slogan of US Army, as well as of Israel Defense Forces. Simon read two stories from the book, each of them is dedicated to soldiers of Israel Army. One story is about David, another about Kazimir. Both of them are remembered as young kids, and after turning 18 they become warriors and defenders of Jewish nation and of people at all. Speaking about David – Simon wrote how touching was his two day return for home; how his mother welcomed him; how his friends were happy – but his mother was still saddened in anticipation of David’s leave for army service. Simon’s tale about Kazimir – can make any spectator’s soul shake or cry. The story reveals the way Kazimir encounters his enemies and always gets them over, while some of his friends are scared and cry out his nickname “Kazya”. Personaly I, recall that my cat whom I had to leave in Odessa before immigration – was named so. But leaving my personal fact aside – Simon makes us believe that Soldiers are still young boys, and they put their life on line in order to protect their families, loved ones and Jewish nations.
And still – the art is the main object of the exhibition. As Leonid Alaverdov said – his works are diverse in techniques. Not all works are equal but some are remarkable, and Leonid can feel it as if he was there. Simon has searching nature of character; he always searches what to draw. As Regina Averbukh, well known guild member mentioned – his soul is very wide, immensely great, and look how all look how he treats all that happens in Israel! Like it happened inside his soul.
Like many guild members Simon worked as an engineer. He holds Professional Engineering license in field of electrical engineering. He can not only perform and project work, he can start it from scratch and to be a leader in any electrical construction project. But after retirement – he decided to dedicate himself to art, literature and poetry, because these two field of research make our world rich and finest.