Pictures & Blather: Retrospective by Dmitry Samarov

Dmitry Samarov

Words and pictures. Whatever happened during the week that I can remember. Occasional pleas for money. A new one every Monday.


Dmitry Samarov, Paintings and Drawings
September 5 – October 17, 2018
Opening Reception, September 5, 4:00-7:00 p.m., with an artist talk at 3:30 p.m.

For more than thirty years, much of Dmitry Samarov’s work has been focused on watching what goes on outside of himself. With their dynamic perspectives and rough, unresolved-look, his paintings and drawings could never be mistaken for photographs but resemble the seen world nonetheless. Whether it is a picture of his living room, a cluttered bookshelf, friends and family members, or the view outside his window, Samarov trusts what he sees and makes marks that correspond and echo what passes in front of his eyes. This exhibition will present a survey of his work completed within the past twenty years.

This show includes about forty pieces, including four sketchbooks, and paintings and drawings from most of my favorite motifs. Hope you can stop by and see it.

Dmitry Samarov

Historian/writer/man-about-town Bill Savage and I will have a talk about public transportation and art at Firecat Projects on Thursday, September 6th, at 6:30pm. Beer and wine will undoubtedly be available for purchase.

Dmitry SamarovRebekka Federle

I recorded a talk with Chicago artist Rebekka Federle at Feed in Humboldt Park.

Dmitry Samarov

My brother, Boris, took a bunch of photos at the Firecat opening. I posted some of them here.

More next Monday,


p.s. If you wanna visit my Firecat show off-hours, drop me a line and I’ll try to accomodate. I have keys to the joint until it comes down September 20th.

p.p.s. Here’s a sketch of Kelly Hogan and Scott Ligon singing songs on the porch at the Hideout last Friday. One of the best concerts I’ve been to in quite a while.

Dmitry Samarov

All artwork and photos: Dmitry Samarov (except Rebekka Federle image)


Originally published in Dmitry Samarov’s Pictures & Blather here.

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Dmitry Samarov paints and writes in Chicago, Illinois.
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