3D sculpting and ink bring Mongolian horses to life

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Young artist B.Purevdorj launched his “Color Sediment” solo exhibition at the Mongol Art Gallery last January.

B.Purevdorj was born in Adaatsag soum of Dundgovi Province. From 2004 to 2014, he studied at Secondary School No. 1 of the province. In 2016, he graduated from the Fine Arts and Technology School of the Mongolian State University of Education and later, the School of Fine Arts and Design of the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture in 2019.

The artist previously exhibited his artworks at the “Grand Art”, “Golden Brush” and “Spring” group exhibitions in 2018, the annual “Golden Fall” exhibition of Union of Mongolian Artists in 2019, and the “Mongolian Art Road” at the B Contemporary Art Gallery last year. In 2021, he received a prize for the best artwork from the Mongol Art Gallery.

Even though he graduated as a sculptor, B.Purevdorj can draw brilliantly with ink. Most artists specialize in only one form of art, while B.Purevdorj has the advantage of creating a combination of ink paintings and sculptures. Ink drawing itself is an instantaneous, emotional, fast-drawing art. Having mastered it, the artist continues to create simple but amazing masterpieces with his innate talent and hard work.

Most ink drawings are completed using black inks on white surfaces. In other words, many artists choose to exploit this contrast, but B.Purevdorj uses bright and radiant colors instead. That’s why his first exhibition was named “Color Sediment”.

He commented, “I used to imagine ink drawings only in black and white. When I got to know the different works of many artists, I realized that ink art can be created with many different colors and papers, and I wanted to make colorful art by mixing them up, not make it just black and white.”

Most artworks of B.Purevdorj clearly illustrate the mindset of nomads who love horses. In his first solo exhibition, the sculptor showcased a total of 26 ink paintings and eight sculptures made over three years. From his works, you can feel how Mongolians treat and care for animals and how they respect their livestock, especially horses. In particular, he incorporated horse behavior, movement, emotions and existence into his creations rather than focusing on its appearance. For instance, he aims to show how a horse can turn around, stretch, and yawn through his ink drawings and sculptors.

Moreover, the young artist features the precious connection and relationship between Mongolians and horses. His ink drawings also depict the emotions of both herders and horses at the same time.

B.Purevdorj explained that his continuous interest in horses was due to the environment, in which he grew up. “I grew up with horses. There are many people who create works depicting horses. The reason why many artists specialize in horses is that this animal is naturally energetic and highly emotional. A horse’s emotions are visible from the outside. I tried to do something a little different from other artists though,” he noted.

The meaning of his works is often straightforward and simple, but they demonstrate the true nature of life and the wonderful features of mother earth. Highlighting that the simpler the art, the better, B.Purevdorj said, “The life of a Mongolian herder is connected with horses. Together, these two things enrich the Mongolian culture and lifestyle. So I wanted to manifest it. Horses are great for humans. It looks great when a Mongolian and a horse are together. Even their emotions and frustrations feel the same.”

Although two different forms of art were used, his exhibition was bottled up into just a single topic, which seemed to make his artworks seem repetitive and less interesting for most of the audience. However, the artist said he would continue to create contemporary works. Therefore, we hope that he continues to produce more innovative and creative paintings and sculptors in the future as he sharpens his skills. Overall, B.Purevdorj demonstrates great potential as an artist.

Misheel Lkhasuren