Annotation for the third personal exhibition "Hour of the Tiger". Project curator: Elena Yureneva
How often in your life do you meet passionate people? Those who in every life situation go to the end, without fear and hesitation plunging into the abyss of the new and unknown, choosing the maximum competencies and new bright facets each time?
This is our heroine. Arriving 20 years ago in Moscow from a small Chuvash village, being quite young, in just a couple of years she climbed a business Olympus, gathered around her a team of bright and active people from all over Russia. But the road to success is never smooth. More than once, having experienced the turns of dizzying ups and downs, betrayals and pleasant discoveries, Ellayya accumulated invaluable life experience, becoming more interesting and richer spiritually with each new turn. Exploring the laws of the universe, studying spiritual practices, religions, acquiring new professions and skills almost every year (designer, stylist, personal coach, business coach, nutritionist, etc.), this undoubtedly charismatic woman introduced all knowledge and techniques and tested it on own experience, having received an incredible explosive cocktail of the search for reality.
And then there was an explosion.
t's hard to imagine that just a year ago, Ellayya got acquainted with paints, varnishes, brushes and a palette knife, usual for an artist. Research spirit and creative philosophical approach to life allowed her to immerse herself passionately in the unknown world of painting.
Lacking special skills and knowledge, art education, she boldly set off on a journey to the depths of her subconscious. Breaking up the generally accepted patterns, breaking stereotypes, Ellayya creates her new reality.
Plots and themes for paintings appeared spontaneously at first - from realistic landscapes (for example, the work "Juicy", 2018, oil on canvas, 70x100) to postmodern compositions ("Strange Dream" 2018, oil on canvas, 100x130, "Paradigm" , 2018, oil on canvas, 50x35, "Wheel of Fortune", 2018, oil on canvas, 100x50). And the oil painting technique itself is quite complicated. At first, kilograms of paint and liters of finishing varnish went away. Brushes were replaced with a palette knife, small formats of canvases gave way to large formats. During the year, Ellayya did a great job, wrote more than 100 canvases and held 4 personal exhibitions, loudly declaring herself as a unique talented artist.
Her creative method is difficult to define yet. A person of firm principles and flexible approach to life situations does not try to imitate, copy well-known works of other authors, but rather trusts not knowledge, but intuition and inspiration. Recklessly creating each new picture, she reveals to us the world of her boundless individuality.
The dark color scheme is gradually lightening, traditional genres - portrait, landscape, still life seem to her to be a stage already passed. More complex both in theme and composition of work is the result of her thoughtful and meaningful approach to her work.
Ellayya's works fit organically into the context of contemporary art and did not go unnoticed. Her sincerity, "primordial power" of talent (as Elena Dunskaya correctly noted) first convinced the gallery owners at Winzavod Moscow, who arranged a personal exhibition, and then the exhibition voyage continued in the Column Hall of the House of Unions Moscow and in the Art-Accent gallery Moscow. Many experts and viewers noted the lively energy of her canvases, as well as the ability to create "timeless art" (as contemporary artists wrote in their reviews).
Constantly experimenting, Ellayya, through trial and error, achieves her conceived, then going into design, then programmatically abandoning it. This difficult path of acquiring a new, but purely individual language, was already noticeable at the personal exhibition in the Craft gallery. The exhibition entitled "Hour of the Tiger" in the "ZNUI" gallery Moscow unveiled more than 40 works in blue colors. Passion for blue with its various shades, often heavy relief strokes, at a certain stage kept Ellayya "captive", bewitching and not letting go, opening up more and more new possibilities of working in one particular color. These are "Flickering Silence", 2018, oil on canvas, 100x50, "Blue", 2018, K., A., 50x30, "Just Cosmos", 2018, K., A., 20x30, "The Nobility of Blue", 2018, oil on canvas, 120x100.
One of the exhibitions was called "The Joy of Self-Expression" (gallery "Artis" Moscow), and this name, perhaps, most fully expresses the new emotions that the artist found while taking up painting. Starting from the unconscious, trying to preserve within herself a certain found emotion, Ellayya in her latest works more and more confidently creates her own consciously built world, for a long time achieving completeness, harmony, and semantic expressiveness.
Studying the world from the subconscious, Ellayya often turns to some mystical images. From here, the Moon and the Sun, Angels and Spirits, Elves and other creatures from the other world stink in her works ("Margarita's Dream", 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100, "Flying Dutchman", 2018, oil on canvas, 70X100 , "Reincarnation", 2018, oil on canvas, 100x80, "Heavenly and earthly firmament", 2018, oil on canvas, 45x55, "Angel", 2018, oil on canvas, 80x120, etc.)
And if a sophisticated viewer finds in her works some features of the art of the early 20th century (impressionists and symbolists), then we will attribute these coincidences to a sincere desire not to imitate, but only to interpret everything that was acquired by artists earlier.
At the 5th anniversary exhibition in the KINO gallery Moscow, dedicated to the first anniversary of the artist's path, about 40 paintings created in 2018 will be presented. Some of them were exhibited earlier, others will be presented to the viewer for the first time. We hope that exposition will reflect that dynamic striving forward to new achievements, which is so important for a young author.
In these pictures you will see the mature quintessence of the accumulated experience of a multifaceted, spiritually rich, large-scale thinking personality, from which exudes magnetism and originality. Her work is inseparable from reality and herself, representing the reality expressed by the artist in bizarre and mysterious forms.
"Who is interested in your work if you are not interesting to anyone?" - says Ellayya.
Over the past year, she has gained fans who acquire her sincere and energetically charged works for their interiors and collections.
We invite you to embark on a fascinating exploration of the depths of the subconscious of the bright and beautiful Ellayya, who has the courage to burst into the world of great art so suddenly, and, possibly, win your hearts.