January 15 – February 22, 2009
“Renaissance Boy,” Oil, gold leaf on board, 12 x 12 in.

“Not About A Boy,” Oil, gold leaf on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

“In The Living Room,” Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in.

“Raw,” Oil on paper, 10 x 10 in.

“Summer Lush/Blue,” Oil, gold leaf on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

“Grounded,” Oil, gold leaf on canvas, 20 x 20 in.

“Dreaming of Dordrecht Girls,” Oil, gold leaf on canvas, 36 x 36 in.

Award winning Russian artist Elena Zolotnitsky delves into the basic elements and simple motivations behind the act of painting. Her style of metaphysical realism finds its roots in the Social Realism of 1920’s Russia.

Her work is a search for absolute beauty combined with her own emotional rebirth.

Along with extensive solo and group exhibitions nationwide, Elena Zolotnitsky was the 2008 co-winner of the Jerome Caja Terrible Beauty Award, and award winner at the 2007 Northern National Art Competition and 2007 Loyola National Works on Paper.

“…aspects of her personality have been brought to bear upon her art in such a way that she reveals a vast, interior life filled with aesthetic seductions and enigmatic warmth. Her paintings are companionable, each a small struggle, in subject and craft, against isolation, and evoke what Mario Rossi termed ‘the great interests of man: air and light, the joy of having a body, the voluptuousness of looking.’”
Michael Waters

Concerning this new body of work Elena says,

“Beauty is my inspiration. Over the past few years my art has become increasingly personal and intimate, focusing more on the raw physicality of painting. My favorite medium is oil paint, either on canvas, board or on heavy paper. I use a lot of gold leaf. It increases my spectrum of flatness and brings in more drama in shape. As I build layer upon layer of contrasting hues and textures, I am driven more by my pursuit of the formal concerns of painting instead of by my desire to relate a narrative. Yet I remain always a figurative artist, one who feels a special affinity for the craft, subtlety, and peace of Flemish art and the art of Balthus.

My goal is to create paintings that are both well crafted and probe deeply into the mystery of the medium itself, widening the spectrum of that which is portrayed. Painting for me is the magic act, when the combination of oil paint, a bit of imagination and a lot of heart create something alive that other people can relate to on an emotional level. And that is what art does, I think - it transforms energy of labor into feelings.”