ARTisSpectrum Vol.30, November 2013 - page 110-111

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 30 |
ARTisSpectrum | Volume 30 |
y artwork is influenced by many different experiences,”
says, “and by my knowledge of various periods
and styles in art history.” As a result, she paints in many genres, from
ornamental compositions to Art Deco. Working in oils and ink as well as
mixed media, she creates images in which texture, color and a precise sense
of composition give the viewer a window into past worlds that also feels
thoroughly fresh and contemporary.
Born into a family of artists, Shorokhova-Gayun has a lifelong familiarity with
Russian art in all its forms, but she says that the Tile art of the 15th through
the 19th centuries is “the very basis” of her paintings. The influence of that
art can be seen in the graphically striking nature of her compositions. Precise
patterns fill her images, which have a firm sense of balance. The mix of bold
colors and earth tones that dominates her palette echo the color and texture
of tiles. In addition, the cracks and subtle weathering in the surfaces of her
paintings carry a feeling of age with them, a tactile quality that heightens
their presence.
But the textural variety of the colors and brush strokes in the artist’s work
goes beyond echoing Tile art. The artist’s work also brings to mind tapestries
or screen paintings, and the way she will sketch out a character in oils or
ink often has the effect of calligraphy. Some of her paintings are set up as
diptychs or triptychs as well, heightening their sense of formality and order.
That formality goes hand in hand with a spontaneity, allowing Shorokhova-
Gayun to express what she calls the “generosity, happiness and purity” of her
work. “I like to experiment,” she adds, and that feeling of experimentation
makes her work distinctive.
Elena Shorokhova-Gayun
Sirin Bird Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 31.5” x 31.5”
In Memory of the Valiant Past, Tile Art XV-XIX Centuries
Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 51” x 59”
Elena Shorokhova-Gayun
San Antonio, Texas, USA:
Brady Steward at a private
gallery in Fortune 500
CEO’s Home
Beirut, Lebanon:
Haitham Jabbar with his art-
work at his exhibition in Beirut.
Miami, Florida, USA:
Dan Vinardell at his solo exhibtion
Verona, Italy: Ludmilla
Radchenko at her exhibition at
the Art Verona Fair
Stuttgart, Germany:
Petra Aichholz (2nd from R)
and guests at her exhibition at
Bilderreichtum Gallery
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