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The solo exhibition of Eugeny Sidorkin (1930-1982), People's Artist of the Kazakh SSR and laureate of the Chokan Valikhanov State Premium of the Kazakh SSR was held at the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan in April - May 2015. The exhibition was dedicated to the artist’s 85th anniversary,

His talent with great force and expressiveness was demonstrated in graphics art, although he was also interested in monumental and decorative art. Eugeny Sidorkin executed several monumental compositions in relief and colored sgraffito for the facades of public buildings in Almaty. His high professionalism and mastery were laid by his serious educational background: Art School in Kazan, the Academy of Arts in Riga and Repin Art Institute in Leningrad.

Kazakh themes began to be employed by the artist in 1958 in a series of watercolors based on Kazakh folk tales. sidorkin 2Later he continued this theme in printed graphics - autolithography.

In 1958-59, by order of the Kazakh Publishing House, the artist produced illustrations for “Kazakh epos”. Illustrations were purchased by the Tretyakov Gallery, the Museum of Art of the Peoples of the East, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Schevchenko Kazakh State Art.
Sidorkin addressed twice to the novel-epic by Muktar Auezov “The Way of Abai”.

The 1960s were particularly fruitful for the artist. He created his famous series of lithographs – “Kazakh National Games”, “Reading Saken Seifullin”, illustrations to “Kyrgyz Fairy Tales” and a series of portraits.
In early 1970s the artist executed a series of lithographs “From the Darkness of Centuries”, consisting of sheets related to Kazakh folk culture – legends, stories and images in which he was deeply immersed in previous decades.

sidorkin 3For the artists of the 1970s it was typical to make trips to industrial facilities to work from nature. His series “On the Land of Kazakhstan” includes stories devoted to Baikonur, Temirtau and Kazakhstani grain-growers.
In the 1970s and early 1980s the artist produced illustrations to “The Story of One City” by E. Saltykov-Schedrin, “Gargantua and Pantagruel” by Rabelais and 3 autolithographs devoted to the “Battle of the Kalka River”.
Sidorkin’s consistent study of Kazakh culture enriched his creative searching. The Scythian animal style made a special impact on the development of the artist’s method in which the artist saw endless possibilities for creating new imaginative systems.
The artist’s early leaving interrupted his life on the rise of new thoughts and perspectives.
Eugene Sidorkin has been awarded with:
- Bronze Medal at the international book exhibition in Leipzig in 1958 for his illustrations for Kazakh epic;
- Golden Medal at the International Book Exhibition in Leipzig in 1965 for a series of lithographs “Reading Saken Seifullin”;
- 1st Prize and Golden Medal at the International Biennial of Graphic Art in Krakow;
- Diplomas in Venice and Budapest. Camilla Lee, curator of the exhibition. 

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