“Kushnir’s luminous images represent time as a living presence on the land," observed historian Ed Ayers. "Many of the paintings carry shadows of history that are meaningful and haunting.”
In celebration of the opening of our most recent exhibition, Oh, Shenandoah: Landscapes of Diversity, Washington D.C. artist Andrei Kushnir will lead a tour through the gallery that reveals his personal journey painting more than 260 landscapes of the Valley that explore the extraordinary beauty, history, and vitality of the region.
After experimenting with various media, Andrei Kushnir started painting in oils in 1980 and quickly discovered the joys of painting landscapes outdoors, en plein air. Essentially self-taught, Kushnir developed a naturalistic, realist style that focuses on the American landscape. Along with painting the Shenandoah Valley, he has also painted along the shores of Maine, New York, Cape Hatteras and Florida’s Gulf Coast, as well as in the Western U.S. states, particularly Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. His work has been exhibited across the United States.