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Yuri Petrochenkov

Yuri Petrochenkov, a Russian graphic artist who lives and works in St.Petersburg, was educated in the prestigious Mukhina Institute of Industrial and Fine Arts (formerly the Stieglitz School). To have studied industrial design was a good strategy in Soviet times because, while far from the world of fine art, it insured a job, which was essential for survival.


Porcelain, over-glass painting; Artist's Collection
Dimension: Plate diameter 12"; Eggs height 5½"


Composition Porcelain; over-glass painting; Private Collection; Diameter 12"

Metaphysical Space; Porcelain; over-glass painting; Private Collection; Height 6"


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  • Hilwood Museum & Gardens, Washington DC
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Washington DC
  • Forbes Collection, New York
  • Georgetown University, Washington DC

       While working in a factory, on the side Petrochenkov mastered a variety of art forms on paper - drawings, etchings and watercolors - until one day in the 1970s, when he needed a birthday present for a friend, he had the idea to apply his drawings on the porcelain surface of a rectangular cheese plate. He built his own kiln and experimented with drawing and painting on different porcelain surfaces-in addition to cheese plates, tiles, dinner plates of all sizes and eventually eggs.


       While entirely unique among his contemporaries, Petrochenkov's work on porcelain surfaces continues a long tradition in Russian and Soviet art. Beginning in the time of Catherine the Great, Russia's best porcelain factory was located in St. Petersburg, where under imperial patronage they produced plates and vases to honor military heroes and commemorate significant events of the Russian court. After the revolution when peoples' artists took over the Imperial Porcelain Factory, the avant-garde tradition of message plates was born, featuring bright and bold designs applied on porcelain by such leading artists as Malevich, Suetin and Chekhonin. Petrochenkov is a direct descendant of this tradition.

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