Art in Conversation with Ion Carchelan

ABOUT THE ARTIST
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ION CARCHELAN
Watercolour Artist | Republic of Moldova

ION CARCHELAN  is a watercolor artist based in the Republic of Moldova.


I paint with watercolor using the technique wet on wet. Watercolor for me is a pleasurable mystery.  The more I paint the more I fall in love with it. Only a woman is that mysterious, and each time I want from it something new. To paint with a wet brush on wet paper, you must first have a sense of colors. Sometimes it’s best to simply surrender to the colors, to let them play their own game. But, always there is the need for control and precision. I’m convinced that this interplay is the most difficult of all painting techniques. I consider that watercolor is a euphoria into which we surrender and lose ourselves.

Artist Statement

ION CARCHELAN  is a watercolor artist based in the Republic of Moldova.


I paint with watercolor using the technique wet on wet. Watercolor for me is a pleasurable mystery.  The more I paint the more I fall in love with it. Only a woman is that mysterious, and each time I want from it something new. To paint with a wet brush on wet paper, you must first have a sense of colors. Sometimes it’s best to simply surrender to the colors, to let them play their own game. But, always there is the need for control and precision. I’m convinced that this interplay is the most difficult of all painting techniques. I consider that watercolor is a euphoria into which we surrender and lose ourselves.


ION CARCHELAN (Born October 4th 1966, Nisporeni, Republic of Moldova )

Education: Graduated the College of Fine Arts “Al. Plamadeala”-1988


PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2002 ;2005 “Marshall Gallery”, NC, USA

2004- “La Decoradora Gallery”, Alicante, Spain

2006; - “ The Little Gallery” on Smith Mountain Lake, VA, USA

2006 - “Greenbrier” WV, USA

2007 - “ The Little Gallery” on Smith Mountain Lake, VA, USA

2007 - “Greenbrier” WV, USA

2008 - “ The Little Gallery” on Smith Mountain Lake, VA, USA

2008 - “Greenbrier” WV, USA

2010 – “Village Smith Galleries” Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC

2010 - “Berkley Gallery”, Warrenton, Virginia, USA

2010 - “ The Little Gallery” on Smith Mountain Lake, VA, USA

2012 -“Pyramide des Metiers d’Art” Cité de l’Or, Saint Amand-Montrond, France 2013 - “Berkley Gallery”, Warrenton, Virginia, USA

2013 - Blvd. Interiors Marketplace, Greensboro, NC

2013 - “ The Little Gallery” on Smith Mountain Lake, VA, USA

2016 - “Irving Park Art & Frame”, Greensboro,NC, USA

2016 - “ The Little Gallery” on Smith Mountain Lake, VA, USA

2016 - “Trouvaille Home”, Winstom-Salem, NC, USA

2016 - “Berkley Gallery”, Warrenton, Virginia, USA

2017 - “Art Tower Gallery”, Baku, Azerbaijan

2017 – “Art Gallery Opizari”, Tbilisi, Georgia

2019- Антикафе Коворкинг "Белый лист" Anticafe Co-working "White Paper", Moscow


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1997; 1998; 2005; 2007- “C. Brancusi” Gallery, Chisinau

1999; 2000- Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

2003-2013-permanent exhibition: Greenbrier, “Gibson’s” Gallery, WV, USA

2005- “Artsplosure” Raleigh, NC, USA

2005-2015- Annual Charity Exhibition “Night of art” organized by IWCM

2010- “Artsplosure” Raleigh, NC, USA

2011: Biennale de Museo d’Arte from Chianciano Terme , Italy

2012: “Spirit of Art”, MOYA Museum, Viena, Austria

2012: “Little Treasure”, Galleria de’Marchi, Bologna, Italy

2014 - “Re-Interpretation 2014” – INVITATIONAL International Contemporary Watercolor Exhibition Tour, Taicang Museum, Suzhou Art Museum, HKE Art Museum, Ningbo, China 2014 - Salon International de l'aquarelle du Uckange, France

2014 - “Fabriano in aquarello” Fabriano, Italy

2015 - “Re-Interpretation 2015” – INVITATIONAL International Contemporary Watercolor Exhibition Tour, Shanghai No1 Art Museum, China

2015 - “Homer, Love and Peace Through Art” International Watercolor Festival, Bornova/Izmir, Turkey

2016 – “RE-INTERPRETATION 2016”, INVITATIONAL International Contemporary Watercolor Invitational Exhibition - TAICANG MUSEUM, China

2017 - “RE-INTERPRETATION 2017” / INVITATIONAL Chinese-European Contemporary Watercolor Exhibition Vienna, Austria

2017 – “RE-INTERPRETATION 2017” – INVITATIONAL International Contemporary Watercolor Exhibition, Tian Zi Fang Art Center, Shanghai


AWARDS

2006- mention awarded by Union of Artists from Moldova (UAP) to the exhibition “Noi, Tineretul Creator”

2011-Winner of Third Prize Awarded by Confederation of European Art Critics at Biennale de Museo d’Arte from Chianciano Terme, Italy

From 2006 “Titular member” in UAP Moldova

2019 art competition "INTERNATIONAL ART PROFESSIONALS AWARDS"

2019 Ion Carchelan, laureate of the BRONZE MEDAL in the "INTERNATIONAL ART PROFESSIONALS AWARDS 2019" - MONDIAL ART ACADEMIA - WATERCOLOR category

2019 member of Arte Mondiale Paris

2019 GAWA Anual International Watercolor Online Contest "Among Best 50"


Works in private collections in: Republic of Moldova, Romania, USA, Italy, Austria, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Belgium, Holland, North Ireland, Canada.