SERGEI CHEPIK (1953-2011) Study of hands for ‘The Way, The Truth, The Life’ (St Paul's Cathedral, London)
signed in Cyrillic ‘Chepik S.’ (lower left); stamp and inscriptions of the artist (lower right) mixed media on paper 38 x 28 cm 2004 'Visionary' and 'one of the greatest Russian painters', Sergei Chepik was the only living artist ever to have had his paintings hung in St Paul's Cathedral in London. This preparatory sketch was made for 'The Way, The Truth and The Life' in St Paul's Cathedral. Sergei Chepik is an outstanding artist, a great master, talented in all techniques, from watercolour to oil painting, engraving, ceramics and sculpture. His paintings constitute a particular, immediately recognisable universe despite the highly diverse subject matter. Sergei Chepik's paintings can be found in significant international collections. His wellknown portraits are those of Rudolf Nureyev, Margaret Thatcher and Pierre Richard. The artist created four monumental canvases, The Way, The Truth, and The Life, for St. Paul's Cathedral in London, which the public saw from January 2005 to November 2008. He has lived and worked in Paris since 1988. Born in Kyiv in 1953 to an artist father and sculptress mother, Sergei Chepik grew up in a family anxious to preserve the values and culture of pre-1917 Russia and started painting at the age of five. The artist was a distinguished graduate of the Repin Academy of Arts in Leningrad and studied under Andrei Mylnikov, a student of Igor Grabar who, together with Alexander Benois, was one of the theorists of the famous World of Art association headed by Sergei Diaghilev.