|It is hardly the best way to introduce a painter by attempting to describe a picture, especially if it's a caricature or a cartoon. Nevertheless I'll give it a try: a little man is standing in the street of a big town at night in cold winter; he is surrounded by houses with windows, brightly lit from inside, evoking dreams of cosy warmth and a settled life; the little man is watching snowflakes, shaped like windows, alighting on the palm of his outstretched hand - and lo and behold, here, he's captured one of the windows! But alas, it is already melting on his warm skin...This picture (one even does not know how properly to call it - it is not a «caricature» or a «cartoon» in the proper sense of these words) is a sort of a melancholy short story rather than just a cartoon intended only to ridicule or entertain, and it has been chosen for verbal description from hundreds of others because it's very characteristic of Kosobukin's art which though technically can be described as «cartoons» or «caricature» does not seek to reflect current political trends or follow new-fangled fashions. His pictures could have been created at almost any time in the past a hundred years or so, or maybe a hundred years from now into the future.|
ETERNAL HUMAN ISSUES
Kosobukin deals with the
eternal human issues: life and death; man and woman;
parents and children; love and hatred; cold loneliness
and warm companionship. Has man's desire to unravel the
mystery of these things and relationships diminished or
radically changed within the last two thousand years?
UNDERSTOOD BY ALL
Kosobukin's pictures bear such a stamp of his individual
style that they are immediately recognizable among any
number of caricatures and cartoons drawn by other
artists. It is not only Kosobukin's unique style, manner
of presentation, «artistic approach» and whatever else
that the art critics are so keen to write about, that
makes Kosobukin's art so distinguishable - it is the way
the artist looks at this world of ours, at man, at life.
Kosobukin the artist and Kosobukin the person are
inseparable, they make up one complex individual. He
practises what he preaches and ahead of anything else he
A DIFFICULT START
Kosobukin's art has now become a fashionable subject to talk about and the art critics have come to take him quite seriously. But one cannot say he had an easy start. He had not had any professional artistic training before he started turning out his first cartoons. In fact, he graduated from a college training civil airline engineers in Kharkiv and then went on to work at the Antonov Aircraft Design Centre in Kyiv in the capacity of an engineer. It was at the age of twenty six, twenty years ago that he had his first cartoon published in a periodical. Twenty six is rather an advanced age for an artist to start a creative career but, in the words of Yuri Kosobukin himself, right after his cartoons had begun to be published, he felt it was a sort of a breakthrough and ever since he has never been lacking in creative ideas. «I soared up into the lofty realms of the art of cartoon and caricature on the wings of inspiration, says the artist, and I've stayed there, but, of course, I knew how to draw a little. Once you've found your style, you can improve your technique endlessly».
THOUSANDS PUBLISHED AND APPRECIATED
Yuri Kosobukin has
thousands of his cartoons published in newspapers and
magazines, his pictures have participated in dozens of
international cartoon contests and the artist has picked
up over a hundred prizes; his pictures have been
exhibited in so many countries of the world that it would
be easy to say in which they have not been; the artist
has been awarded prizes in twenty countries but - alas! -
Kosobukin himself has in most cases been unable to travel
to these countries and receive the prizes personally.
Kosobukin is firmly convinced that it's better to win several lowest prizes but all of them in different places, than to win the highest prize in one country only once in a lifetime. Well, as far as the «highest prizes» are concerned, Kosobukin has taken 33 of them and there is little doubt he'll get more .
Kosobukin in twenty years of intensive work as a creative artist-cartoonist, has managed to create his special unique world, peopled with his so easily recognizable «little men» who laugh and weep, enjoy life and suffer under the blows that life liberally deals them. These «little men» - naive, easily hurt, sometimes down-and-out, sometimes striving to fashion a place in life, seeking truth - in some strange and inexplicable manner resemble their creator, a romantic man with a generous and warm heart and a remarkable talent.