Gallery Elena Shchukina, 13 July - 28 August 2015

"I am inspired by the past and present, by my life experiences and views, which I then translate into my paintings.  My art is primarily a personal meditation, which emerges through my creative process and asks the viewer to wonder about one's life and experiences.  I am interested in different aspects of life in different cultures, and this is where I draw my inspiration from. 

My earlier works were influenced by my Central Asian heritage, the vast steppes of my native land and its diverse cultural legacy.  I aim to bring the elements of the Asian art into the Western world, highlighting the links between these two worlds of art.

I consider myself an abstract artist.  I love colour, the subtle and harmonious mixture and its impact on a composition.  The use of colours is at the very heart of my works.  In my earlier works I use earthy tones, ochre, shades of beige and grey, then top them up with touches of bright colours.  Other pieces, by contrast, are made on a darker background, over which the light colours are added. Through my abstract works I invite the viewer into my own private world of colours and mysterious atmosphere, opening it to the interpretation.

I choose oil as a medium to express myself, though my latest works are in acrylic, which is a new medium for me.  My latest collection explores my perception of the human mind.  I look into its complexity and they ways it affects the world and people's experiences of it.  I demonstrate my views both graphically or symbolically.  My latest works have my signature brushstrokes, but they are quite different from my previous paintings in terms of colours.  I use a lot of white and pastel colours, giving the works a fresh, light feeling."

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