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Petrikovsky painting

Ducklings. Petrikovsky painting

Ducklings. Petrikovsky painting

Elena Skitsyuk (ukr. Olena Skytsiuk) is a famous Ukrainian artist working in Petrikovsky painting – folk art, which originates from a small Ukrainian village Petrikovka. Each painting consists of thousands of small strokes. Brushes used for these paintings are themselves unique, handmade of cat hair (without any damage or injury to animals). Elena Skytsiuk (born 16 January 1950) is one of the few artists who keep this dying art alive. She has been a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1978, graduated from the Lvov State Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts (Department of artistic ceramics). In 1967 she took part in the exhibition, now her work can be found in many countries around the world.

Aspiration. Petrikovsky painting

Aspiration. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky painting is a traditional Ukrainian decorative painting, which originates from Dnepropetrovsk oblast of Ukraine, Petrykovka village. The earliest samples of Petrykovsky painting date back to the 17th century. With Petrikovsky were traditionally decorated everyday household items (chests, folk instruments, drills, sledges), especially developed decorative painting on wood, varnished painted, overglaze and underglaze-painted porcelain, glass painting recreated technology, modern masters painted towels and blouses made ​​of cloth, leather purses, used in body art painting. Petrykovka was formed as an independent easel decorative graphics as well as a widespread art school. The distinctive features of this handicraft are the patterns, unusual technique and white background.

Autumn mood. Petrikovsky painting

Autumn mood. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

In 2012 Ministry of Culture of Ukraine recognized Petrykovsky painting as a part of intangible cultural heritage of Ukraine. Eventually this decorative and ornamental folk art was also included to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on December 5, 2013. The renowned painting technique was turned into a brand, and “Petrikovka” logo was created. The logo now belongs to the craftsmen of Petrykovka village.

Beauty. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Beauty. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Evening silence (closeup). Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Evening silence (closeup). Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Evening silence. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Evening silence. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Frightened butterflies. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Frightened butterflies. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Helichrisums. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Helichrisums. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

In a moonlight. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

In a moonlight. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

In Fragnant Herbs. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

In Fragnant Herbs. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Magic mill. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Magic mill. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Morning flowers. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Morning flowers. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Owl. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Owl. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Paradise birds closeup. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Paradise birds closeup. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Paradise birds. Petrikovsky painting by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Paradise birds. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky painting by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky painting by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky painting by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky painting by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Twilight. whirlwind. Petrikovsky painting by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Twilight. whirlwind. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Two beauties. Petrikovsky painting by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Two beauties. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Wild flower bouquet. Petrikovsky painting by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

Wild flower bouquet. Petrikovsky folk art by Ukrainian painter Olena Skytsiuk

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