Nestor Topchy, A Geometry of Painting

While in school in Baltimore in 1981, Topchy chanced upon an exhibition of Yves Klein’s IKB work. Topchy credits Klein’s use of a saturated ultramarine blue pigment that represented “the void” as a pivotal discovery. After using this color on spherical sculptures, Topchy realized their connection to Pysanky, the ornately decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs he made in childhood with his mother and grandmother.

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH byAlex Barber

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH byAlex Barber

Following in Klein’s footsteps, Topchy earned a black belt in judo under Karl Geiss, which led to studies in Buddhism and a deeper understanding of his Ukrainian roots and identity as a dual American and Canadian citizen.

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH by Herb Melichar

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH

Mariana Lemesoff in Nestor Topchy's Geometry of Painting at notsuoH

Mariana Lemesoff in Nestor Topchy’s Geometry of Painting at notsuoH

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH by Herb Melichar

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Nestor Topchy and Greg Henry at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

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This entry was posted on March 17, 2012 by in Nestor Topchy (Houston) and tagged , , .