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The Essence of Jazz
The Essence of Jazz
Jun 14  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
JCC of Greater Vancouver - Vancouver
Saul Berson


Saul Berson (alto sax) - Paul Blaney (acoustic bass)


The Essence of Jazz

Mixed Media by Yuri Elperin
Opening: Thur June 14, 2012  •  7-9 pm
Artist in attendance • Free Admission  
Exhibit continues to Sun July 8

Yuri Elperin’s paintings are inspired by jazz improvisation. He works on a large scale, filling his canvases with brilliantly coloured shapes and tangles. Behind the layers of spirited lines and frenzied marks are hints of sensual shapes dancing across the shallow space.

Each artwork is named after the musical composition which inspired it. Of music’s instantaneousness, Elperin explains, “When we listen to music, subconscious images may form in our mind. These images are transient, often disappearing when the music ends. What I am trying to do is catch these ghostly images and project them through my interpretation on canvas.” He calls his style of Expressionism, ‘Ghost Trance Lyrical Abstraction.’

Born in Riga, Latvia, Yuri was introduced to art at an early age, beginning with sculpture. He worked with a variety of media including paint, wood and metal. As a teenager he studied in Riga at an academy for young artists and later at the Riga Art Academy. He created numerous abstract sculptures, installations and paintings. However, Abstract Expressionism was not accepted by the communist regime. The art form was considered “capitalistic pathology" and was not allowed to be displayed in public; consequently he sold his art privately. His experience of harsh art censorship did not make him lose faith in the power of art to communicate.

In 1978, Elperin moved to Canada. In 1982, he set up a commercial photo, film and video production studio in Vancouver. He became known for his experimentation with multi-hued Abstract Expressionism which he applied to his photography and cinematography. In 1999 he closed his studio and dedicated himself fully to his artwork, realizing his lifelong dream.


JCC of Greater Vancouver
950 West 41st Avenue
V5Z 2N7
Country: ca


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