Andrei Kushnir- Biography
Original Oil Paintings
Andrei Kushnir’s landscape paintings reflect his love of the outdoors, particularly those unspoiled places still found near his home in Brookmont, Maryland, near the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. He is known as a “New Naturalist” and usually paints directly from nature, which inspires him to capture the poetic feeling of a place. The artist often visits other locales of scenic beauty in New England, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cape Hatteras, Florida’s Gulf Coast, New Mexico and California. He also paints large scale landscape compositions from nature.
While the artist is essentially self taught, he has studied architectural drawing and taken instruction at The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia with painter Michael Francis, as well as with painter Michele Taylor. He has painted in oils since 1980, frequently exhibiting in juried shows. His works have been accepted in commercial gallery shows juried by curators from the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum, and Corcoran Gallery. He has been a finalist in the Arts for the Parks Competitions held by the National Park Academy of Arts/National Park Foundation, paintings of his were competitively selected for purchase by the District of Columbia Commission of Arts and Humanities, and his paintings were selected for exhibit at the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, MO, Museum of Florida’s Art & Culture, Sebring FL, Salmagundi Club, New York City; and the Holter Museum of Art, Helena Montana. Gallery representation includes Alexander Gallery, New York, NY; The Crane Collection, Wellesley, MA; Mill Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Serendipity Gallery, Boca Grande, FL, and Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor, LLC, Ellicott City, MD.
The Art League, Alexandria,VA
ART MD 95, Ellicott City, MD
Touchstone Gallery, Wash., D.C.
Foundry Gallery, Wash., D.C.
Artists’ Atelier, Atlanta, GA
Glen Echo Park ,GlenEcho, MD
Spectrum Gallery, Wash., D.C.
Min.Ptrs.,Sc.,Grv. Soc.,Wash., D.C.
Art Gallery Fells Point, Balt., MD
Serendipity Gallery,Boca Grande, FL
Min. Art Soc. of Florida
Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Int’l Visions, Washington, D.C.
Fairfax Art League, Fairfax, VA
Museum Contemp. Art,Wash., D.C.
Cap. Hill Art League, Wash., D.C.
Mill Riv.Gall. I, Ellicott City, MD
Salmagundi Club, NewYork, NY
Eklektikos gallery, Wash., D.C.
Taylor&Sons, Fine Art, Wash., D.C.
OlympicsExhibit Nagano City, Japan
Gallery West, Alexandria, VA
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Holter Museum of Art,Helena, MT
Mill Atelier Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Art Institute&Gallery,Salisbury, MD
Papermill Playhouse., Millburn, NJ
Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR
MD Art League, Baltimore, MD
Hudson River. Art Assoc., NY
Broderick Gallery, Portland, OR
Gallery on the Square,Danville, KY
Trudy Labell Fine Art, Naples, FL
Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
Arts for the Parks, Casper WY
Crane Collection, Wellesley, MA
Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
Single Artist Exhibits:
State Street Gallery, Sarasota, Florida, September, 1996
Museum of Florida’s Art and Culture, Sebring, FL, February, 1998
Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, D.C., June-July, 1998/October-November 1998
The University Club, Washington, D.C., “Potomac River Views,” February, 1999
Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington, D.C., “River and Canal,” May, 1999
Taylor & Sons Fine Art, Washington, D.C., “My River,” September-October, 1999
South Florida Community College, Sebring, FL, “Florida Landscapes,” February-April 2000
Taylor & Sons Fine Art, Washington, D.C. “American Light 2001,” September-November 2001
Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE, “American Landscapes,” July-September 2003
Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA, “Painted History, The Landscapes of Valley View Farm,” Feb.-Aug. 2004
Member: Salmagundi Club, NYC; Official Coast Guard Artist; Washington Society of Landscape Painters; Signature Member, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society.
U.S. Coast Guard
District of Columbia Commission of Arts & Humanities
The University Club, Washington, DC
Museum of Florida’s Art and Culture. Avon Park, FL
Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA
Special Accomplishments Include:
–Equal Merit Award for “Reflections on the Canal, Georgetown University,” Annual Student Show, March 1991, judged by John Winslow, The Art League School, Alexandria, VA;
–selection of two works in Foundry Gallery’s 12″x12″ Show, August 1994, Washington, D.C. by Greg Most, Chief Curator, Slide Library, National Gallery of Art;
–selection of his painting “Gulf Marshes” in ART MD 95, Howard County, MD Arts Council, April-June 1995, by Phyllis Rosenzweig, Associate Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden;
–Special Mention award for “Autumn Twilight,” January 1996 Small Works Show, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C., juried by Terrie Sultan, Curator of Contemporary Art, Corcoran Gallery;
–First Choice Raffle Selection (of over 500 works) “Potomac at Violet’s Lock” at the Alex.VA, Art League’s Feb. 1996 Patron’s Show;
–Best in Show award for “Blue Ridge Spring,” Seventh Annual Regional Exhibit, April 1996, Blue Ridge Arts Council, Front Royal, Virginia, juried by artist and editor Robin Barker Purnell;
–selection of “Gulf Shore” for “Shades of Summer,” juried by artist Willem de Looper, Spectrum Gallery, Wash, D.C., July 1996;
–selection on “Weather Moving In–Florida Gulf,” Touchstone Gallery 5th Annual Small Works Exhibit, January 1998, juried by Joann Moser, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts, National Museum of American Art;
–lecture on the topic of plein air painting, South Florida Community College, Sebring, FL, January 1998;
–Equal Merit Award, Alexandria Art League’s 1998 All Mem. Show, judged by Leslie Exton, Prof of Painting, Corcoran School of Art;
–selection of “Autumn on the Potomac,” 1st Annual Mill River Gallery I Exh. “The American Landscape,” March, 1998, by John Ebersberger, artist, author and instructor at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts;
–Award of Excellence for “Late Summer, Potomac River,” Papermill Playhouse Int’l Min. Exh., Millburn, NJ, 1998;
–juried selection of “Gulf Light,” 21st Ann. Non-Member Exhibition, June 1998, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY;
–selection of “Florida Marshes” for the ANA 27 National Juried Exhibition at the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, Aug-Oct 1998 by Peter Frank, Editor of Visions art quarterly and art critic, LA Weekly;
–painting “Fall Colors, C&O Canal” featured on cover of Leaves magazine, Sept/Oct 1998 issue, with article about the artist;
–painting “Potomac Riverscape” selected by David Scott, prev. director of The National Museum of Art and The Corcoran Gallery, for the 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Art Institute & Gallery of Salisbury MD, Sept/Oct 1998;
–Honorable Mention., Landscape Category, “My River,” Min. Ptrs., Sculpt. & Gr. Soc., Wash., D.C., 1998;
–Award of Excellence, “Riverscape,” Miniature Art ‘98, Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts, 1998;
–First Place, Oils, “Life is a River,” 15th Annual Min.Show, Art Gallery of Fells Point, Balt. MD 1998;
–First Place for “River Shores, juried by Dana Turpin, Pres., Georgia Miniature Society, Artists’ Atelier of Atlanta, GA, 1999;
–First Place, 10th Annual Spring Regional Exhibition., Blue Ridge Arts Council, Front Royal, VA, 1999;
–juried selection of “On the Potomac,” Hudson Valley Art Association., NY, May 1999;
–feature article “Font of Inspiration,” by Ann Geracimos, The Washington Times, October 4, 1999, p. C4.
–painting “Up-River Potomac, Swain’s Lock” featured on p. 51 in Along the Potomac, Images of America , by Philip Woodworth Ogilvie, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 2000;
–Best in Show Award,”Dickey Ridge Panorama,” Min. Exhibit, Blue Ridge Arts Council, February, 2000
–Instructor, Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop, S. Florida Community College, Sebring, FL, February 2000.
-sel. in Exhibits 2000 & 2002, Nat Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Soc., Dunnegan Gallery, Columbia College, MO.
-Award of Excellence, “In the Clouds,” Small Works/Miniature III International Juried Exh., Period Gallery, Omaha, NE, October 2000
-paintings competitively sel. by National Parks Academy of Arts/National Park Foundation Arts for the Parks Competition, 2001, 2002, 2003. Mini-50 finalist, 2003.
-3 paintings competitively selected for purchase by District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities, June 2001
-First Place, Casper Artist Guild/West Wind Gallery, Casper Wyoming, 9th Int’l Miniature Show, November, 2002
-painting “Rock Creek in Spring” included in Rock Creek Park, by Gail Spillsbury, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, MD, 2003