Recently within contemporary art there has been resurgence in using the portrait genre as a tool to explore concepts that reach beyond pure appearance and likeness. As an artist that uses portraiture, I am drawn to examine what it is that makes certain figurative artists compelling.  ARINA’s faces stand out from the crowd with a graphic signature style that is memorable. 
The compositions have a bold directness with the monochromes and reds creating a visual language that communicates across cultures.  Her use of light, composition and pose has a sense of a 17 Century Dutch artists like Vermeer but the use of scale, tone and reference to realism bring it firmly into the 21 Century. The qualities of her art have hints of her Russian background within the context of Western influences.
On close inspection ARINA’s handling of paint is not of bold gestures but the quiet, slow build-up of tonal values which beautifully suggest the sensual surface of the skin and underlying bone structure. The lack of hair accentuates the features of the face with the folds of the head scarf contributing to the architecture of the head, creating an almost sculptural object. 

ARINA uses herself as a vessel for her ideas; however, I would argue the paintings are not self-portraits. The likeness is striking and her expressions are beguiling; she occupies her face with the confidence of an actor trying to communicate to a broad audience. ARINA’s portraits are ambiguous, she does not reveal too much about herself but presents an icon of a woman that can be contemplated and interpreted in many ways; this is where her paintings’ strength.

(Essay by Peter Monkman MA, Director of Art Charterhouse and First Prize Winner of the BP Portrait Awards 2009 at the National Portrait Gallery, London)

Brief CV

Russian-born British artist ARINA (Arina Gordienko MA SWA PSA) is an internationally acclaimed artist, based in the UK . She exhibits her paintings all over the world and is recognized with a number of awards in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. 

Her paintings were featured at venues such as Saatchi Gallery and Mall Galleries in London, Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna and Venice Arsenale in Italy, Museum Complex of Dioscuri in Rome, Museum of Drawing in Macedonia etc.

She widely exhibits her paintings all over the world and participated in exhibitions and art events in London, New York, Miami, Sidney, Canberra, Brisbane, Paris, Marseille, Genova, Padua, Genova, Rome, Venice, Prague, Hamburg, Brussels, Luxembourg, New Deli, Milan, Buenos-Aires, San Francisco, Dallas, Moscow and Beijing etc.

Her works are in private collections worldwide and have been featured in numerous publications including Reinhard Fuchs’ book ‘Masterpieces of Visual Arts - The Great Female Artists from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era’ alongside works of Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Bridget Riley etc., ‘Masters of Contemporary  Fine Art’ in the UK, ‘Strokes of Genius -4’ and ‘Strokes of Genius-6’ in USA.

ARINA is a full-member of Society of Women Artists in the UK, Portrait Society of America in USA and an Associate Living Master of the Art Renewal Center (ARC)

She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art having graduated with Master’s degree (MA) in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London, UK. 

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Photographs of paintings by Alexey Moskvin Ada Yu  and Anton Sokolov



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