I have been painting portraits and still lifes in England for a
decade. I was trained at ateliers which taught the methods of
the old masters, the same as the academies in Florence and
France for centuries.
My drawings and paintings have been accepted and exhibited
at a number of reputable institutions both in the U.K. and
internationally. They include The Sotheby's New York,
European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) at Barcelona,
Art Renewal Center (New Jersey, USA), Royal Society of
Portrait Painters (Mall Galleries, London), Royal Institute
of Oil Painters (Mall Galleries, London). Royal Scottish
Academy of Art (Bristol, UK), and The Artist Magazine
(Nottingham, UK). I received a number of awards and
Honourable Mentions from these competitions.
I am now practising art at my studio near London, producing portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. Creating classical, traditional, realism images that touch upon universal and timeless themes never ceases to inspire me. No matter what the subject matter is, I would like to see that my pictures should always evoke feelings and thoughts with the viewers.
When I first started art training after a long career in business management, I was attracted by its
representational ability. In the early stages of my training, oil has already become my favourite
medium by far.At the time, my work was much influenced by Russian art as my private tutor was from
St. Petersburg Academy of Art. Despite the encouragement to draw and paint in a more interpretative,
impressionistic, and looser manner, I found myself becoming more and more drawn towards classical
realism art. The luminosity of flesh tones, the subtlety of light transitions, and the exuberance of silk clothing in museum paintings have always captured my attention for hours.
The academic training under a strict curriculum in realistic art has changed my style of drawing and painting significantly. Ateliers, where one learnt to draw and paint under the supervision of living masters, have conducted training with a similar principle and approach since the Renaissance. These vigorous skill based training took many years for one to complete and master. This approach to drawing and painting which favours order, beauty, harmony and completeness is exactly what I am attracted to. So I attended The London Atelier of Representational Art and subsequently, The Barnes Atelier of Art at London to receive intensive representational art training.