"Stop / Go" and "Barn in Normandy"

VSW premises, wall of pipe mill building



Eric Bulatov

is a contemporary Russian artist, one of the founders of Sots Art. He was born in 1933 in Sverdlovsk, Russia.

The Mural became the largest open-air painting by Erik Bulatov. This piece is comprised of two separate paintings: “A Barn in Normandy” and “Stop-Go”. The mural has an area of 2500 square meters.

“These two paintings are complete opposites. It is a spatial contrast between a static image and a dynamic one (“Stop-Go”) and a contrast between light and darkness. I want to show that these opposites cannot negate each other, but complement each other instead forming a kind of unity,”

— comments the artist.


Erik Bulatov, the founder of Sots Art, began showing in Moscow in 1957, and outside the USSR in 1973. In the early 1970s, he began creating large-scale paintings. He addressed social issues and mass media images of Soviet reality and painted slogans, captions, and posters. The artist's pieces have also found their way into Western collections and museums.