Nadia Ryzhakova


Swan Lake

Oil on canvas 60x80cm

‘Swan Lake’ was inspired by the embankment in Worcester. However, the depicted image is very far from the realistic image of the town. Nadia transformed the reality into a new nearly abstract form. The background is painted by the free flow of paint in two directions on the surface of the canvas. With this technique the depiction of water is not merely visual illustration of it, but very physical representation of its liquid nature. Then a bank of swans was placed into the middle of the abstract painting and immediately turned it into the landscape, dividing the image between the lake and the trees.

The painting is formed by subconscious abstract marks, which seem to come together in some way to create the sense of the real, but it is not specifically photographic. There is something else is happening there what gives it other qualities.