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BRITISH LANDSCAPE: Art Collectors Preview
Tue, June 20, 2017, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM BST
Natalia Avdeeva's major exhibition of landscapes and cityscapes. Over 150 of her paintings, studies and drawing will be exhibited at ‘Above and Beyond’ at Bankside Gallery, London from 20 June to 2 July.
To attend the exhibition preview please request the invitation.
A striking figure on the streets of London today is Natalia Avdeeva, a Russian artist who spends most of her time outside in the city, painting and drawing its landscapes and life. Her 'Daily Drawing Challenge' has attracted huge following on Instagram since she began in on 1 January this year. When Avdeeva is not in the capital, she is on expeditions to remote places in Britain – such as The Scilly Isles and the West Country - to paint its coastlines and countryside. “Working ‘en plein air’ forces me outside to experience nature and landscape at first-hand.” She explains as she describes the trips - carrying heavy equipment, hiking solo and struggling to capture fast moving tides and scenes. “ I am challenged by the weather, passers-by, the changing lights and temperatures. Yet I find it immensely rewarding.”
Natalia Avdeeva was born and grew up in the Altai region of Siberia where she attended Barnaul art school at a young age. With its hot summers and sub-zero winters, she is no stranger to extremes of climate. Yet ever since she arrived in London in 2006 to finish her studies at Heatherley College of Fine Art, she has been fascinated with the British landscape: “ I love the constantly changing hues and dramatic skies in the UK, the tremendous variety of scenery, for example its low tides where natural treasures are revealed and then swept away at the blink of an eye.” She says.
After working outdoors, Avdeeva returns to her Chelsea studio to work on her paintings. Here she has developed a unique technique that combines elements of painting and print-making to create her increasingly sought-after works. [See YouTube video link below]
She is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) and the recipient of both Russian and British awards and prizes including the Windsor and Newton Young Artist Award (2011) and the Royal Society of Marine Artists Young Artist Award (2016). She has exhibited in public and commercial galleries and art fairs across Europe and was shortlisted in BBC’s Show me the Monet’ series in 2013. Her paintings have been exported to private and public collections in Japan, China, Tanzania, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Sweden. She lives and works in Chelsea, London where she co-manages Plein Air Contemporary, a gallery in the King’s Road.
The artworks can also be viewed online at www.nataliaavdeeva.com
Art Meets Fashion
Inspired by Natalia Avdeeva’s work the fashion designer Siah Howard has designed a collection that will be shown on a catwalk during the exhibition.