Borys Tarasenko Draws a Sweet Jesus

Borys Tarasenko describes himself as 'Edmonton artist. Eater of lunch'. Which, of course, tells you more about him than it appears to. He's got a wonderfully dry wit.

 Photo from BorysTarasenko.com

Photo from BorysTarasenko.com

I first saw Borys Tarasenko at the Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair here in Edmonton. He was at a table strewn with colouring books called Sweet Jesus. As someone who has encountered plenty of religious imagery, I was drawn in and found the drawings funny. Irreverent perhaps. Taking a playful swipe at Christian doctrine, I expected, but then I looked closer. These were not irreverent jabs at the Christian faith. These were old stories made new in a delightfully weird, contemporary style. When I found out that Borys' father is an Ukrainian Catholic priest–that Borys is speaking to the tradition of religious iconography from within–I became very interested. 

 Borys gives an artist talk at his 'Sweet Jesus' opening.

Borys gives an artist talk at his 'Sweet Jesus' opening.

I was delighted to see Borys among the artists who submitted to have a show at Bleeding Heart (that show, Sweet Jesus, opened this past weekend.)

Borys is more than an eater of lunch and drawer of drawings. He paints, makes videos and even documents something he calls 'Galactic Shamanism'.

Buckle up and head over to Borys Tarasenko's website for more at http://borystarasenko.com/


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