Sergiy with visitors to the exhibition
Sergiy Shkanov's summer exhibition at St Andrew's Leytonstone, part of the Reflect programme run by the church, will end after tomorrow's 10.00am Mass. The exhibition reflected aspects of the diversity of Sergiy's work with abstract, figurative and symbolic work all featuring. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sergiy graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Printing before studying stained glass and the restoration of oil paintings at Richmond College, London. He has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, participated in group shows across Europe, and held personal exhibitions in the UK. He writes: "My concern in art is as old as the world itself - to introduce to our world something that will not destroy, but construct it. The artist is like the emptiness of a flute, through which a sound goes resulting in the creation of music. In our contemporary world there is too much violence and too little love. There should be something to oppose this. I choose art as a means of resistance."