I am an artist based in Fargo, North Dakota who works primarily in water mixable oils, as well as in pencils and acrylics. My work has been exhibited at the 8th Street Art Gallery, Flakoll Gallery, Red Raven Espresso Parlor, and the Creative Plains Foundation. I have also taught art classes at Creative Plains and Creatively Uncorked.
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, I spent two-thirds of my life in New York City before moving to the upper Midwest. Besides being an artist, former musician, avid runner, and new mom, I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and am an Assistant Professor of English at North Dakota State University.
Cityscapes showcases my passion for cities. Besides a deeply personal connection to urban life (I was born and grew up in small apartments in Kyiv, Ukraine and New York, NY), I have always been interested in architecture and the ways in which human constructions engage with, transform, or deform natural landscapes and environments. Vertical perspective in particular both exposes the artificiality of such ordered, angled, inorganic superimposition and reveals its beauty. Dostoevsky’s Underground Man famously described St. Petersburg as “that most abstract and premeditated city.” Rather than seeing such qualities as negative, I reimagine and metamorphize my neat and rigid sketches of cityscapes by infusing them with color, traces of life that may seem random and irrational. My favorite urban subjects have included New York City, London, Paris, and Stockholm, though my most recent projects, as my life’s trajectory, have taken me closer to home: Fargo, Minneapolis, and Chicago.
Both in cityscapes and other genres, I have gradually moved away from photographic, naturalist representation and toward postimpressionism and abstraction, preferring broken colors, bold brushstrokes, and thick texturing. This has also coincided with my move from pencil to acrylic and now water mixable oil, my primary medium, which I love due to its vibrant colors, texture, and relatively slow drying that enables blending and mixing directly on the canvas. Some of my work demonstrates futurist influences, with more defined brush strokes and clear angles, while other pieces hark back to Monet’s cathedrals. Although I appreciate the entire palette, I often find color limitations, such as using only primary colors, a worthwhile challenge.
My goal is to share my passion for and vision of cities with my audience who will get much more than a photographic resemblance from my paintings; they will glean a mood, an impression, and despite the ostensible messiness and chaos of my more abstract artworks, an underlying premeditated order.
- Sunken City
- The City at Night
- Chrysler Building in Winter
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