In August and September, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host artist Sergei Fedorjaczenko’s exhibit, “Diamonds and Rust” featuring recent paintings in oil and watercolor and sculpture highlighting the beauty found in commonplace, ordinary things— rain, rust and water droplets; rivets, tools and gears—things made by nature and man-made things. A reception with refreshments for the artist will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 4pm to 6pm. The exhibit will be in on display through Saturday, September 15, 2018. The artist’s work can be seen at sergeidesign.com.
Born in Heidelberg Germany, Sergei Fedorjaczenko came to the United States when he was four years old. His family lived in New York City until he was fourteen at which time they moved to Connecticut. Sergei served in the US Army as an Army photographer. Upon discharge he studied engineering, then switched and received a degree in Industrial Design. In his design career he created toys, interiors, appliances, guns, switches and cosmetics packaging and holds several design patents and trademarks.
Since retiring and moving to Falls Village, Connecticut, Sergei has concentrated on his art—painting and sculpture—and his life-long passion for mechanics and cars, restoring and racing vintage sports cars for over thirty-five years. Describing his life in art, Mr. Fedorjaczenko said, “I struggle with the inner engineer in me. My professional career was a compromise between engineering and art. Now I look at my art in a different way. My technical background and artistic sensitivity gave me an appreciation for the artistry found in built and manufactured things. As the musical group The Moody Blues put it in one of their songs “beauty to find in so many ways”. In these new works, I was intrigued with the effects of patterns and light highlighting the beauty that can be found in commonplace, ordinary things that are often overlooked—the ordered patterns of manufactured objects and the random patterns of natural occurrences.”
Sergei has had solo shows before at the David M. Hunt Library and has been featured in group shows at the Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School and at the Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited with the Housatonic Valley Art League and Housatonic Camera Club. His works are in private collections in New York, California, Florida, Wisconsin Connecticut and Massachusetts. His studio has been featured on the Northwest Arts Council Studio Tour and in the pages of Main Street Magazine. He has been president of the Housatonic Camera Club, a past member of the Hunt Library Board of Directors and is member of the Housatonic Valley Art League.
Sergei Fedorjaczenko’s work can be seen at sergeidesign.com and on Facebook.