A whale off the coast of Norway and other encounters by Alexander Voitsekhovsky Alexander Voitsekhovsky was born in Moscow but grew up in Leningrad in the 1960s and 70s. Like many of his family he studied medicine, and eventually started working as a doctor in the emergency services in St Petersburg.
He started to draw as a student – at lectures, on the train, in shop queues. In 1994, without his knowledge, Alexander’s friends gathered together the pictures he’d given them over the years, framed them, transferred the commentaries he’d written on the back to labels, and hung them in a gallery in St Petersburg. They then had an opening to which they invited everyone they knew – including the artist.
His warm and unpretentious illustrations depict everyday scenes – walking in the park, feeding squirrels, sweeping yards. Whimsical and tinged with irony and absurdity, they show a depth of imagination yet are instantly familiar. A must for art lovers (The Lady)