In Anatoly Schelest’s work, the chain between the earth and the heavens becomes evident, as his composition gives the viewer a sense of confident certainty that the promises of the Almighty are valid, and that God’s plan is continuing to this day.
In his approach to art, Schelest remains true to his traditional and religious roots. However, it seems that he is discovering his own artistic method – in a literal meaning an optical art, which is unconventional, but also very definite and modern. In the work of Anatoly Schelest, the creation as a process becomes intelligible and materializes an idea that everyone is a part of integral whole, while the whole is part of eternity.


Doctor Beate Raifenshaid, director of Ludvigmuseum, Koblenz.