Contemporary Karakalpak Artists
Wood. 193 x 58 x 47.5cm
Zholdasbek Kuttimuratov (1934 - )
Having obtained his degree at the Tashkent republican Art School, Kuttimuratov was hired by Savitskiy as a restorer at the Museum. He became Savitskiy’s protégé and under his tutelage, Zholdasbek made great strides and became one of the leading figures in the art-scene of Karakalpakstan.
In the second half of the 1960s, Kuttimuratov had gained a considerable reputation and participated in all major republican art exhibitions. Zholdasbek Kuttimuratov’s main artistic ambition was to capture the delight of women’s beauty in his sculptures.
So, he often appeals to the heroines from the Karakalpak popular epos and is striving to depict them in allegoric and symbolical images. In addition to his famous work “Amu-Darya”, the museum possesses some of his best early works such as “Sprout”, “Bride”, “Aryslan”, “Zulkharnay” and others. The “Sprout” is especially noteworthy for the simplicity of its forms and its overall harmony.
Over the last few years, Kuttimuratov has turned to marble, limestone and granite from which he creates his sculptures. Some recent smaller works are very strong in the theme they express, the lyrical and decorative symbolism of their composition.