On a rather somber Thursday evening I went on an excursion to Notting Hill, to the 20th Century Theatre in Westbourne Grove to gaze blissfully at the beautiful self-portraits in a Pop-Up exhibition showcasing the recent works of Russian artist ARINA.
Curated by the renowned team of Lyes & Jones, the show was designed to capitalise on the growing interest of Russian art within the London aesthetes. Taking heed from the precedence set by large galleries such as Saatchi Gallery, who recently announced two mega shows depicting Russian art from two different eras and perspectives.
Russian-born British artist ARINA, a worldwide exhibitor with multiple awards credited to her work, displayed her hyper-surrealist paintings of monochromatic minimalism and stark uses of red. The work often comes across as multidisciplinary in that the movement and gestures in the various pieces depict somewhat of a performance. Using her face and head, she expresses a multitude of emotions, demanding the stage (or canvas) and the attention of the spectator like an actress in a one-woman show.
One must truly take a seat at the theatre of one artist and become mesmerized by the passionate energy that is expressed through ARINA‘s work; with every gaze, every brush stroke, and every turn.
Lyes and Jones presents ARINA