I am a Ukrainian artist.
My childhood is deeply connected with the Crimea, where I spent all my summers. I feel that my childhood memories have been stolen.
Later I often returned to Crimea on artistic quests. My paintings full of premonitions of Russian aggression were exhibited in Crimea, and as far as I know they are still there.
I lived for several years in Bedfordshire and found inspiration in the local nature, in wild flowers, in the quiet poetry of rural life. As a result, in 2018-2019, I participated in several exhibitions of the Chelsea Art Society in London.
During the covid lockdown, I took part in a large art charity portrait project for key workers. Several of my portraits were on display on Oxford Street. In 2020, my landscape and abstract watercolours were selected for an exhibition of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists.
Torbay reminds me of the Crimean landscape. I am mourning for the loss of my harmonious childhood world.
Watercolour is the language of my feelings and thoughts. Wherever I am, I look for a connection of stories that have not yet happened or have happened in the past. These signs, symbols, traces are as pervasive as the water that carries the pigment to the appropriate place on paper.
The purpose of my experiments in watercolour is to show the magical nature of this technique. It is important for me not to lose the whiteness and freshness of the paper, thus leaving the room for unproven future signs.