Igor Shipilin (Shipilin Igor Nikolayevich) was born in 1961 in Crimea, Sevastopol. After finishing the elementary school he chose his further education to be directed towards art and painting. He graduated from Sevastopol Children’s Art School in 1977. He continued his studies at The Repin Institute in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and at The Moscow State Academy of Printing, where he graduated in 1999.
Nowadays he is considered to be one of the leading contemporary landscape masters of the region. His paintings represent the romance of Crimean landscape, contemplative scenes of historical significance and nature. Crimea that Shipilin is masterfully looking to show us is obviously real, but at the same time poeticized by the artist.
There are no dramatic conflicts or psychological bursts, sometimes even sounding of sad notes of nostalgia. The picturesque old curvature of the Crimean streets, chaotic jumble of buildings, covered tiled roofs, balconies, staircases, passages through which to view the sky, the sea – themselves suggest the artist’s perspective, the point of the horizon and finally, composition in accordance with the best tradition of the Crimean school of Academical Art.
Shipilin is an active and respected member in the Crimean art scene – the chairman of the regional artist’s union in Sevastopol, holds a diploma merited by the Russian Academy of Art, and has a title of an Honored artist of Crimea. He is an active member of his local art scene, both as a leader, a mentor and an artist, having founded the “League of watercolors of Crimea” in 2001. He has been exhibiting actively since 1989, including a series of exhibitions in London.
He is the member of the National Artists’ Union of Ukraine since 1994.
Painter, schedule. Master of landscape and still life. In 1977 he graduated from the Sevastopol children’s art school. Teachers – M.Kobylenkov, T.Mazharova, S.Arefieva, N.Ksenofontov. In 1999 he graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Press. Since 2001 – the organizer of the “League of watercolorists of the Crimea.” Shipilin I.N. Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1994. In 2004-2009 – Member of the All-Ukrainian “Sevastopol open-air”. In 2007-2009 – Chairman of the Board of the Sevastopol organization NSHU.
Solo exhibitions were held in the Sevastopol Art Museum (1992, 1996, 2001, 2006). The main subject of the work is the lyrical Crimean landscape. Freely owning a drawing, composition, color, the artist transfers onto the canvas his admiration for the romance of the Crimean antiquity through the modern sense of the world. The works of Igor Nikolaevich Shipilina are in museums and private collections in Ukraine and beyond its borders. He lives and works in Sevastopol.
Shipilin artworks are held in The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Sevastopol Art Museum of M.P. Kroshitsky, Simferopol State Art Museum, and as well in private collections all over the world.