So, before you is an album with drawings by Udis Mezhavilks. What Mezhavilksa? .. Naturally, Mezhavilksa from the farm “Mezhavilks.” The one who was born on this farm, God grant of remembrance, August 14, 1929. Does this mean nothing to you either? .. Well, the son of Kristaps Mejavilks from the Mezhavilks farm .., the grandson and great-grandson Mezh-wilksov from the Mezhavilks farm, do not you know? In that case, doubts arise involuntarily, are Do you read the magazine of satire and humor “Dadzis”, which has been published in Riga for more than twelve years (circulation 70 000, subscription price for 24 issues per year – 4 rubles 80 kopecks). Expanding any of the three hundred issues of this magazine that have been published so far, you would have found there one or even several drawings of a cartoonist popular in Latvia. And having become acquainted with at least one work of Mezhavilks, even a person with little knowledge in art will always distinguish his cartoons from hundreds of others in an unmistakable manner.
In order to avoid possible malicious smiles, I will immediately make a reservation. Aphorism “The artist exulted prematurely: his works were recognized without a signature just because he was repeating” in no way to the author of the collection does not apply. Simply, the Mezhavilks has something that distinguishes the true master from the most skillful artisan, his own style. The style is original, original, very close to the style of folk craftsmen of Latvia. As for the subjects of the drawings, it is wide and diverse. It should be noted that most of the themes were invented by the artist himself. Moreover, he generously gives themes to many of his colleagues.
The type of cartoons of Mezhavilks, as a rule, are chubby people of medium height, above average fatness. Some of their external features are similar to their creator. However, not all of them are just as good-natured. There are also some among them who are by no means the heroes of our time. But even in his satirical drawings, the artist is more kind than ash, laughs, and does not ridicule. If you use the same classification in satire as in medicine, Mezh-Vilks is more of a caricaturist therapist than a surgeon. In his practice, he skillfully uses a very potent medicine – laughter. Laughter is not sarcastic, not offensive to the patient, but one that makes a person look more closely at themselves and their actions from the side and notice something that he might not have noticed before. Here, for example, the drawing “The First Call” timed to the beginning of the academic year. A loving mother, stroking the son’s head, gives the director an order on the phone: “Please, my Leonardik is not like the rest of the children.” Briefly and clearly! One witty drawing, perhaps, can do more good than a lecturing lecture, heavily crammed with quotes from works on the upbringing of children and parents. Of course, it would be very tempting, following the entrenched tradition, to paint here colorfully that the talent of the present head of the section of satirists-cartoonists of the Latvian Union of Artists and delegate of the All-Union Congress of Artists Udis Mezhavilks was seen and cherished in early childhood. Alas, what was not, that was not. Severe and in many respects isolated from the surrounding world farm life of peasants in bourgeois Latvia contributed little to the identification of young talents. a master craftsman from the most skilled artisan, – his own style. The style is original, original, very close to the style of folk craftsmen of Latvia. As for the subjects of the drawings, it is wide and diverse. It should be noted that most of the themes were invented by the artist himself. Moreover, he generously gives themes to many of his colleagues.