National Nature Park Synevyr, found in Carpathian Region of Ukraine, soon will host for the first time a Plein Air WildArt event. A group of 10 international creative minds will join the Park and European Wilderness Society in this wild adventure. The WildArt Plein Air event is part of a project ‘Areas of Inspiration’, funded by the Creative Europe programme. Before we start our event, we would like to introduce to our readers these creative artists of different domain from  Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania and Ukraine as well as their passion towards nature and particularly towards wilderness.

Please also read: Wild Art Plein Air in Synevyr

Henk Kuipers, Dutch photographer

Henk  Kuipers workes in theatres. Photography is his passion for years and he is happy with a Nikon DSLR and its lenses. During his travels Mr.Kuipers loves to be in nature and all year round he is making pictures.

It will be great to experience the wilderness around Synevyr and to meet the other artists. With passion and patience I’ll try to capture the ambiance of the Wilderness and the Synevyr lake in my images.

Henk Kuipers

See more of Henk Kuipers’ work here and here.

by Liset van Dommelen

Liset van Dommelen, Dutch printer and photographer

Liset  van Dommelen sees in wilderness something that makes every plant, tree, animal and even the ground unique. Mrs. van Dommelen is specialised in a kind of gyotaku printmaking with natural inks she developed herself. Through these natural inks, Liset is able to capture textures of nature on screen. Mrs. van Dommelen is even able to give dead animals a second life in a unique way, by printing.

In her photo works Liset  is focused on the details and light. The artist is also fascinated by fairy tales and together with Henk Kuipers, both inspired by the tragic and beautiful legend of Syn and Vyr of the Synevyr lake she is planning to bring the young lovers alive again.

See more of Liset van Dommelen’s work here.

by Henk Kuipers

Svetlana Kyrlyk, Ukrainian painter

Svetlana Kyrlyk is an experienced plein air painter from Ukraine. Beside her main passion towards art, Svetlana is also developing tourism in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine and operating as a Plein Air coordinator. In one of her recent projects, she is developing an Art residence in the village Smerekova, Ukraine. The European Wilderness Society visited this Art residence recently. Svetlana Kyrlyk already participated in other Art Events of the Project “Areas of Inspiration” in Slovakia and Czech Republic, and soon she will enjoy the WildArt Plein Air in Ukraine.

by Svetlana Kyrlyk

I already participated in the Plein Airs in Synevyr, but International Wild Art Plein Air  will be the first experience for me.

Svetlana Kyrlyk

Ruslan Gleb, Ukrainian painter and environmentalist

Ruslan Gleb is a Ukrainian impressionist and painter, but also works as scientific specialist in the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve. The Carpathian Biosphere Reserve includes several partners of the European Wilderness Network, such as Kuziy-Trybushany WILDForest and Uholka-Shyrokyy Luh Wilderness. The area preserves the largest unique old-growth beech forest of Europe and the natural state of the Carpathian mountain landscapes. The artists will also find old-growth beech forests in Synevyr Wilderness, where the WildArt Plein Air event will take place. Ruslan Gleb’s work often displays the serenity of the Carpathian Mountains.

See more of Ruslan Gleb’s work  here and here.

Rick Lichtenberg and Richard Verbeek, Dutch filmmakers

Rick Lichtenberg and Richard Verbeek both study in the Netherlands and started their own business already. From an early age, nature has inspired both to explore the outdoors. Hearing about the opportunity to visit a unique Wilderness in Ukraine together with other artists, got them very excited.

We are big enthusiasts for art, nature & wildlife. We are looking forward to combine these field in the WildArts event in Ukraine. To prepare ourselves even more, we have fully analysed the camera work of other wilderness and wildlife documentaries. By now we can dream the camera angles, and we are looking forward to put this into practice.

Rick Lichtenberg and Richard Verbeek