The Table, 1986
At the Hairdressers; Tyurliki #3, 1991
Blue Light, 1976
Dispute 2, 1991
Tyurlikov And Alien, 1981
Belly God, 1990
"With the demise of the Soviet Union, Korzhev’s subject range expanded to include a series on a Russianized Don Quixote and some Biblical events. But his politics did not change. He worked on his “Judas” during the period that ended the Soviet regime and brought on Boris Yeltsin, and in the commentary he compares the Biblical figure to the Socialist state that has “figuratively hung and killed itself.”
Judas is depicted frontally, hanging full-figure, except his head is outside the frame. One sandal has dropped onto a towel, where pieces of silver still lay scattered. The other sandal remains on his foot. You can almost smell the leather, just as you can in an earlier painting entitled “No Name.” There, a bearded Russian in a sleeveless T-shirt is kneeling, his wrists bound tightly with a worn belt. A tightlipped soldier, swastika on his armband and rifle slung over his shoulder, is tying on a blindfold.
Some of Korzhev’s more recent work—the “Tyurlikis” series—is reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, the 15th century Dutch Christian painter whose demons and strange half-human creatures with their tin hats make Salvador Dali look a bit thin. Some Tyurliki paintings are, according to Korzhev’s commentary, allegories expressing his contempt for post-Soviet corruption. Others are more enigmatic. “Fight” depicts a fight or sexual intercourse, it’s hard to tell which, between a human viewed from the back and a bat-gargoyle figure that has sunk its teeth into the man’s shoulder. Others are hilarious, in their way." - quote source
More paintings from Geli Korzhev can be viewed here.