Hiligoss Galleries Brings Russian Master Nikolai Blokhin to Chicago


One of the most renown galleries in the United States, Hilligoss Galleries is fast becoming the leader in the world of art for both contemporary and classic artists. The Gallery reveals today that it is preparing for its upcoming Nikolai Blokhin show- fast becoming recognized as a living legend among art critics world wide.


At any time, art lovers can join Hilligoss Galleries on Chicago’s Magnificant Mile- free, as they feature special prices and new works by some of the worlds best artists including Zhiwei Tu, Raffi Boyadjian, and Rasa, and, as they introduce emerging artists: Gang Tu, and Gerardo. Each gallery – The Hilligoss Galleries landmark on Michigan Avenue, and the legendary Gallery of Long Grove, features outstanding selections of original paintings by some of the world’s finest living artists, as well as fine prints by historic and 20th century masters. Bronze sculpture, art glass, and limited-edition prints complete these extensive offerings. The public is invited to visit both locations and explore the works, and receive free education by artist and gallery owner Tom Hilligoss. But this month, Hilligoss Galleries has an even more rare special treat in store for its patrons- Nikolai Blokhin.



‘Chicago and Other Great Landscapes’ by Internationally Renowned Artist Nikolai Blokhin are presented to art lovers in Chicago this month, for a very special collection. And unlike many fine art masters who are long since gone- this master of the canvas is living- and will be in person, creating his magic for those fortunate enough to see this show.


Tom Hilligoss states, ‘I’ve had the privilege of introducing this masterful artist to the U.S. market in 1999, as the first gallery in the U.S. to do so. At age 31, Nikolai Blokhin had already established himself in Russia as a major success in his academic role, as a Professor of drawing in St. Petersburg Academy of Art, which is now known as the Ilya Repin St. Petersburg Institute. Nikolai was an instant hit in my very large, Chicago suburban gallery, The Studio of Long Grove, which I opened in 1991.’

Tom Hilligoss continues, ‘When I expanded and added an even larger 8,500 square foot gallery on Michigan Avenue in 2000, his success grew even faster. Nikolai was awarded Grand Prize in “Portrait Competition of the American Society of Portrait Artists” (ASOPA) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City in 2002 and again in 2004 in Boston. Blokhin has become the heir apparent to the Fechin legend due to his success in the Taos Museum Auction. He was invited to do a “Nicolai & Nikolai Exhibit and Show” In the Fechin House / Taos Museum, which paid him a great tribute from the Fechin Fans and Collectors in the Museum and in the Community. He is in the collections of many notable Russian collectors including Putin, Medvedev, and a number of royals and private billionaires among more.’

The public is invited to see the work of and meet the artist in person on Friday, June 15th 5pm-9pm, Saturday, June 16th 12pm-5pm, or Sunday, June 17th 12pm-4pm, at HILLIGOSS GALLERIES, 520 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. To RSVP, call 312-755-0300 (Chicago, Illinois) or e-mail to [email protected]

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