Iryna Akimova – Artist Showcase

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Iryna Akimova has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Iryna is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist based in Kiev, Ukraine. She was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 27th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Iryna’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to hundreds of major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Iryna’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 artworks from her PEACE AND WAR project that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Iryna Akimova is a contemporary Ukrainian artist who lives and works in Kiev. She graduated from Kharkov State University (Ukraine), where she got her PhD degree. Iryna started her professional artistic career after having vast experience as a University professor, director of an NGO, and parliamentarian. She concentrated her art research on studying the roots of the individuality in the formation of subjective perceptions of the reality.

She is fond of «exercices de style» and experiments. She often presents her expressionistic paintings along with the impressive abstract and surrealistic experiments. She started in painting, and then went into installations, video-animation and performance in order to achieve a multidimensional effect.

She had ten solo exhibitions, and took part in 50+ national and international group exhibitions. She received numerous awards at international art contests. Some of her pictures were successfully sold at Phillips auction in London, and several artworks entered museums and private collections in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, and China.

Iryna is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. Five years ago she founded Ukrainian Association of Feminine Research in the Arts (UAFRA) and established an annual Womens’ArtFest to advocate gender equality in the arts.

Artist Statement

The project PEACE AND WAR was started in the spring of 2022 in a small town of Tulchyn in the Vinnytsia region in Ukraine, where Iryna escaped with the family for two weeks from war. A peaceful landscape with a small pond and trees and their reflection in the water is bathed in the blue-yellow-orange color palette of the setting sun.

The author's analysis separates components of the landscape, and then synthetically mixes them into an abstract surrealistic print of a spring evening. Feel the fragile atmosphere of peace, keep it in your heart, and fight for it, when the time comes... The peaceful landscape turns into a war landscape, full of broken lines and fires that remind of cruel and greedy breath of death. The stem of a mystical plant of war fills the entire space with flames, destruction and the putrid smell of decomposition. The same motifs and colors, and different realities and feelings…War changes everything...

To learn more about Iryna and to see more of her art, please visit her website.

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