I saw Olha's work for the first time at the BP Portrait Prize in 2011. I was very happy and excited when she got the Bulldog Bursary last year and I enjoy chatting with her on painting, kids and being an expat in London.
I like the straight forward way in which she explores every genres, from narrative themes to still life or landscape.
Here's her contribution:
Love Story No. 6
WHO ARE YOU ?
A painter of people and things.
WHY THIS ONE:
I had the most fun in the process of working on this particular portrait. Maybe because the sitter is familiar or because of all the paint involved.
SOMETHING ABOUT IT:
The portrait depicts the main character of Eugene Onegin story by Sergei Pushkin. I cast my friend Jim to play the role for me. He is a musician and performs in character, dressed in a cape and wearing face paint. He changes his colour from gig to gig. Here I caught him in blue.
The series (Love story no. 6) exhibited at the Rough Trade East in July 2012 which reiterated the music connection and etablished East London as a set of the re-interpreted story. Here are the rest of the characters and pictures from the series.
The paintings are oil on sealed wood board.
WHERE IS IT NOW:
On my wall at home.
Mars transparent orange