Art of V.P.Shkurkin
Biography of Vladimir Pavlovich Shkurkin (1900 - 1990)
V.P.Shkurkin and his painting "Burial of Rus". San Francisco, 1941
Born in Northern China to Pavel Vasilovich Shkurkin and Elena (Shiryaev), of military families,
Vladimir studied art in Kiev. After completion of his formal education, he worked as a scenic
artist in theatres, and taught painting and composition in the military college where he had
finished his education. He came to the United States in 1925, and lived in Seattle from 1925
In Seattle, his art included landscapes, icons in Russian Orthodox churches (there are four
that can be seen at St. Spiridon's in downtown Seattle presently), and murals (see the Bacchus
Greek restaurant on Roy Street, near Broadway on Capitol Hill). Married to Irene (Lapiken) in
Seattle, he fathered two sons (Vladimir V. and George V.) who were both born in Seattle. In
1938, he was invited to do two murals at the World Fair at Treasure Island in San Fransisco.
He secured a job with the Navy at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California, as
an artist/Illustrator through WWII until his retirement in 1963. There his work included War
Bonds billboards, and illustrations of and on each submarine built at Mare Island.
After his retirement, V.P, continued painting, exhibiting and giving lessons from his studio at
his home in Vallejo. His children and grandchildren (Sergei, Katia, and Paul) all received art
instruction from him. He and Irene were married for 62 years at the time of his death in 1990.
Vladimir P. was a member of the Northwestern Group of Artists, Oakland Art Association,
Society of Western Artists, and the Artists League of Vallejo. He is listed in Artists in California,
1786-1940, written by E.M. Hughes (1986), and in Washington State Art and Artists, 1850-1950,
written by Dode Tripp and S.F. Cook, Jr. in both first and second editions. His granddaughter,
Katia Shkurkin, began Shkurkin Arts in Lacey (near Olympia) Washington, as a way to
distribute his art.