The Art of Elena Zolotnitsky

Untitled / Swimmer 12x12", oil on mylar mounted on panel, 2013
Untitled / Swimmer 12×12″, oil on mylar mounted on panel, 2013

“Beauty always offers its own form of seduction” — Elizabeth George

Beauty is my inspiration. My goal is to combine the ultimate search for the ideal with the personal emotional rebirth. My art making practice embraces the painting tradition I was trained in while scratching to break out of it. Painting surface, luscious and seductive, is of primary concern in friction with slightly off kilter subjects.
I vary painting supports: panel, canvas, different kinds of paper and mylar to draw innovation to new surfaces. I like to think of my creative process as “meditating in paint”, recreating visual language with the new inspiration. And I am satisfied when painterly and emotional values are synched at the very core of the portrayed.
Over the past few years my art has become increasingly personal and intimate. I am driven more by my pursuit of the formal concerns of painting instead of by 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.
I strive 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 emotional level. And that is what art does, I think – it transforms energy of labor into feelings.


Elena Zolotnitsky

Untitled/Indian Red 7x7 oil on paper
Untitled/Indian Red 7×7″ oil on paper, 2013
NOVAl 12x12", oil on panel, 2013
NOVAl 12×12″, oil on panel, 2013
. In The Dark Place 12x12", oil on mylar mounted on panel, 2013
In The Dark Place 12×12″, oil on mylar mounted on panel, 2013
Face / Sepia & Veridian 7x7", oil on paper, 2013
Face / Sepia & Veridian 7×7″, oil on paper, 2013

 

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