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Monday, 17 September 2012

The Artist and the Ballerinas

I met Katya Gridneva quite by accident, and we got chatting. She invited me to take a look around her studio.  She works with oils, pastels and charcoal creating beautiful figurative images, especially ballerinas.

As a child Katya trained as a gymnast at one of Russia's top schools, until she fell from a bar and sustained an injury that brought her career to an abrupt end. She then studied at the world renowned Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, and many of her dance models are from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where she has privileged backstage access to study the dancers.


Katya's new exhibition will be at the John Noott Gallery 13 October 2012 to 28 October 2012

12 comments:

Nori said...

I like this type of feathery art paintings!

biebkriebels said...

What a nice story and beautiful paintings.

Sharon said...

A beautiful lady doing beautiful work.

Brianna said...

Great story. I'm so much more apt to buy from an artist that has a great backstory and inspiration. Wonderful exhibit.

LONDONLULU said...

I do love the little story you shared, and wonderful to see this artist could draw from her background to focus on the human form. Ballerinas have a tough lifestyle, but their art form is beautiful.

Jack said...

She has an interesting background. And, she looks like a gymnast, with her small build but intense expression. The pastel at the top right looks like a Degas.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I always wondered how many gymnasts ended up with career-ending injuries. So happy that at least one found something else to do. A perfect 10!

Gunn said...

What a talented woman!
I wish I could tell you that I will be in London around the time her exhibition is on, but I guess that would have been just a dream.....
Very interesting and nice posting.

Babzy said...

beautiful work :)

Stefan Jansson said...

Interesting background. Always fun to talk to artists.

ferdinand hegemur said...

verry gooD...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I find it really hard to watch gymnasts because of just that scenario, how easy it must be to make one wrong step. She's a brilliant artist Mo, I would love to see her exhibition .

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