Exhibition Opening: Friday, September 6 @ 6:30pm
Exhibition Duration: September 3, 2019 – October 26, 2019
Exhibiting Artist: Vesselin Kourtev
Alfa Art Gallery invites you to “A Serrated Disposition,” Vesselin Kourtev’s Solo Exhibition, featuring representative works from his numerous explorations in oil, watercolor, drawing, and mixed media.
Boasting a display of works in a variety of exhibitions all over the world, Vesselin Kourtev has been perfecting his art since 1987. In Bulgaria, where he was born and raised, Vesselin earned a high school degree in Fine Art from the Fine Art School in Kazanlak as well as a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Veliko, Turnovo. Applying the skills and knowledge he has gained throughout his training in Fine Arts, Vesselin has worked at the National School of Stage and Film Design in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Finally, through a compilation of his previous work and experiences, Vesselin founded the Alfa Art Gallery in 2007, where he currently works as Head Art Director and Resident Artist with his wife Galina Kourteva, as they go to great extents to ensure the success of the artists and interns associated with the gallery. Today, the Alfa Art Gallery is known as a cultural hub described by Home News Tribune writer Richard Khavkine as “transcending visual art’s boundaries” that features a variety of local and international artwork of a variety of mediums, offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere to its New Brunswick community.
Vesselin’s portfolio of work is an arsenal full of abstract and illusory pastels often framing figural scenes. The juxtaposition of abstract landscapes with human figures ultimately coalesce to promote allegorical and playful images that assert notions of unity and the inner, more contemplative side of humans. The narrative of each image is presented through a well thought out composition bursting with color and mystification, his works described as a “formidable achievement,” by Maurice Taplinger of 1GALLERY&STUDIO.
With honorable mentions in a variety of articles, websites, and books, Vesselin continues to make a lasting impact on both his local and global community through his personal artwork as well as the innumerable hours and efforts he devotes to the Alfa Art Gallery. In April 2008, he donated one of his personal masterpieces to the local Saint Peter’s Hospital in honor of the care and attention he received from them. He has also collaborated with best-selling author Virginia DeBerry and her partner Donna Grant to depict a variety of scenes representative of the essence of their novel, once again highlighting and negotiating connections between various mediums of expression, in this case writing and visual arts. In 2009, Vesselin and Galina were recognized by the Home News Tribune for using The Alfa Art Gallery as a platform to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote positive change through art. Beyond just his local community, Vesselin is recognized worldwide as an individualized artist with a unique style that has created and continues to create a lasting impact on everyone he touches with his art and contributions to the global community.
About Alfa Art Gallery
The Alfa Art Gallery is a non-profit organization devoted to the discovery, growth, and support of emerging and established artists. Since we opened our doors in 2008, we have worked to achieve this goal through exhibitions and events held at our gallery over the years. Currently the most successful of which have been our oldest and most prestigious program, New Brunswick Art Salon. Drawing inspiration from the traditional art salons of the 18th and 19th centuries, we have used these events to connect talented artists with the New Brunswick public. Since the program’s inceptions in 2010, the New Brunswick Art Salon has helped to enrich the community through its art. We attempt to spark a love and interest of the arts through our donations to the community including to the NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health in 2012. Thanks to the support of sponsors and patrons alike, we have been able to expand our Art Salon. Originally, it consisted of a Spring exhibition of Watercolor and Mixed Media and a Fall exhibition of Oil Color and Mixed Media. However, now, a Winter photography exhibition and more recently a Summer All Media exhibition has been added to our New Brunswick Art Salon Program. We believe that visual art is a universal form of expression which can bridge cultural gaps and provide a forum where diverse perspectives can be shared and appreciated, and we hope you will join us for this upcoming melding of the minds.
Galina Kourteva, Assistant Director and President – Galina@AlfaArt.org
Alfa Art Gallery Phone: 732-296-6720