Wood carving, metal bas-reliefs and city landscapes made by the modest master Aleksandr Kashirsky are not often exhibited in Ashgabat galleries. However, the works can be noticed easily as they make you stop, think, start remembering something. Somehow they touch the soul and hurt those strings that were silent for a long time …
Kashirsky calls himself “a man without imagination.”
“I’m not thinking anything up,” he says. “I draw what I see. All my characters are real people, those about whom I read, who performed in documentaries, and those whom I know from everyday life.”
The heroes of his works are historical personalities, and the most ordinary people, friends of the author and strangers unfamiliar to him, whom he often meets on the streets of the city, or bus fellow travelers. And they are existed, they are real people.
“A man without imagination” transfers the world around him to the canvas, and he feels something that often is unnoticed by many of us, but implicitly it is somewhere in us. And it becomes the “nerve” of his work, so they catch the eye of the viewer and excite the memory. As an elusive dream that was so real …
“Since childhood, I loved making something with iron piecesn, cutting out figures from chalk. Later I became interested in wood roots, from which I created images of famous personalities. The artist and sculptor Sergey Konenkov, along with other artists, was one who inspired me,” Kashirsky says.
In the house where he lived in childhood, there were many talented, outstanding people. Architects, artists, at the court, there was a small workshop of the sculptor Larisa Savelyeva. Muhammed Yuzbashev was under the shelter of her, while the first one was often visited by Nury Halmamedov, Murad Divanayev, Medjek Chariyev and many others.
Having an inquiring mind, Sasha Kashirsky also became a regular visitor the workshop. And it was Muhammed Yuzbashev who advised the young man to enroll an art school.
He failed the first entrance examinations. But, at the next academic year, he was successful to apply for the jewelry department with specialization “metalworking”.
“At that time, all my friends were from officers families, and, of course, we behaved like hooligans. Once a powder spark hit my eye. It damaged the retina of the left pupil. It can be said that almost all my conscious life I look at the world with one eye,” Kashirsky noted.
After graduating from the art school, the young jeweler and sculptor started to work for the youth section of the Union of Artists of Turkmenistan. He participated in various exhibitions and creative competitions. Over the years of his life, Aleksandr has changed many jobs. His current specialty is a foundry worker in a railway depot. However, he always remained faithful to art.
“I am a happy person,” Aleksandr Kashirsky says. “I believe in nature, in love, in a beauty. Before creating image of some person, I work a lot to study the character, the biography. I love working with wood, with metal. I use plaster for many of my reliefs.”
There are more than a hundred works made from bronze at the sculptor’s collection. It includes portraits of Turkmen cultural figures and masters of art, outstanding, world-renowned writers, artists, composers etc.
“There were millions of artists in the world before us, so my advice to young masters is never be pride. You should always look for your own way, no matter what you do. To be a rationalizer, a composer. After all, every artist is already happy in that he is an artist.”
Especially for the upcoming Vienna Ball in Ashgabat, Kashirsky created from metal a series of medallions-portraits of the most famous Austrian composers. It is not known whether his new collection will be exhibited during the Ball, because there are only a few days left for this event, which is scheduled for October 24. Nevertheless, the fact is that our modest master found inspiration in the upcoming holiday, which was already reflected in his collection and added another lively note to such a rare, almost disappearing art as a medal.