24-year-old Eugen graduated top of his class from the Chisinau Art Academy in Moldova. Despite his young age he has exhibited all over the world and is now recognised internationally as a highly-talented watercolourist.
He has been supported in his career by Guernsey resident and art collector David Ummels, who first spotted the young artist’s work four years ago at an international exhibition in France.
For David, that was the start of a rewarding relationship. He said, “I first made contact with Eugen when I sent him a note after buying two of his paintings. It became clear that, despite his talent, simply buying drawing paper was a struggle. I arranged to send him a shipment of high quality paper, and soon began receiving watercolours in return. Since then I have supported him with advice and industry contacts. I have also been able to commission artworks from Eugen, often when cash flow was critical for him to be able to move forward with his work.
It has been wonderful to see his career progress through his talent and hard work. Now I would love for islanders in Guernsey to be able to enjoy his exciting art. It is simply watercolour at its best”.
Since David and Eugen first met, the artist’s career has gone from strength to strength and he is now a watercolourist of global renown with a host of international accolades. He shows his work all over the world and following this weekend’s Guernsey visit will be exhibiting ten of his paintings in the European Parliament. It is due to his relationship with David that he has agreed to show his work in Guernsey.
The September exhibition will take place at the Market Square and will be free of charge with all sponsorship money being given to local charities. Eugen has also agreed to divide any profit equally with David, who will be donating his share to charity. In this way it is hoped to raise a substantial amount for local good causes.
Alongside the exhibition Eugen will be involved with a number of community projects to inspire and encourage the young and old. He will be visiting schools and retirement homes each weekday to run demonstrations showcasing his talent at turning a blank sheet of paper into a watercolour in just a quarter of an hour.
All islanders will also have the opportunity to attend a workshop to watch Eugen create a watercolour capturing a scenic spot in Guernsey. The location for this and further details will be announced closer to the time of his visit.