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Smirnoff Veronica

Veronica Smirnoff is a British artist of Russian origin, (born Moscow, Russia, 1979). She gained a BA from the Slade School of Art and a post graduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts. She had her first solo show with Galleria Riccardo Crespi in Milan (2008). Smirnoff has exhibited in Moscow, Paris, Berlin, New York and London. She was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize UK (2010). She lives and works in London.

 

Constantly reassembling and alluding to pre renaissance and icon painting, folklore and Asian tradition, paintings are constructed with traditional elements - the fragility of gesso and solidity of wood, with pigment ground from semi-precious stones, mixed with egg yolk and wine to make the paints. The wooden supporting boards are made of oak in Russian monasteries and blessed. Layer by layer, the surface is encrusted with texture and then sanded down to its sedimentary surface. Smirnoff is fascinated by the idea of the "Icon" as the object of worship and its close relation to "popular art" with a wide repertoire of signs: the flat moulding of figures, conventional space and the abstract effects of colours.

 

EDUCATION:

  • 2004-2007 — Royal Academy of Arts - Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art
  • 1999-2004 — Slade School of Fine Art, UCL - BA in Fine Art with 1st Class Honours
  • 1998 -1999 — Wimbledon School of Art - BTEC Foundation Diploma in Fine Art and Design

 

PRIZES, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS:

  • 2006 — Alumni Award, Royal Academy of Arts
  • 2005 — Boundary Prize
  • 2004 — Terence Cuneo Prize in Fine Art
  • 2003 — Rodney Burn Prize in Fine Art
  • 2001-2002 — Scholarship to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 

  • 2018 — Tales of Bright and Brittle, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan
  • 2017 — The Greater and Lesser Ways, Jessica Carlisle, London
  • 2013 — Beyond The Shore, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan
  • 2012 — The Madding Spring, Vela Gallery, London
  • 2010 — Zhar, Stanislas Bourgain Gallery, Paris
  • 2008 — Morozka, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2019 Heat, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice
  • 2019 — Walking Dream, MiArt, Milan
  • 2018 — Painting Now 2, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan
  • 2016 — Sting & Trudie Styler: The Composition of a Collection Christie’s, London
  • 2015 — Painting Now, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan




Works

Scarecrows. Diptych
Smirnoff Veronica

Scarecrows. Diptych, 2014

Egg tempera on wood
Each part 120 х 100 cm
To The End of the World
Kai
Smirnoff Veronica

Kai, 2018

Egg tempera on wood
25 х 13 cm
Harvest at Midnight
Smirnoff Veronica

Harvest at Midnight, 2018

Egg tempera on wood
50 x 40 cm
Golden Fleece
Smirnoff Veronica

Golden Fleece, 2018

Egg tempera on wood
51 х 40 cm
The Dragon Maid
Smirnoff Veronica

The Dragon Maid, 2018

Egg tempera on wood
40 x 30 cm
Wayfaring
Smirnoff Veronica

Wayfaring, 2018

Egg tempera on wood
25 х 13 cm
SoldChronicle Of Peril
Smirnoff Veronica

Chronicle Of Peril, 2013

Egg tempera on wood
Diameter 60 cm
SoldА Thief
Smirnoff Veronica

А Thief, 2020

Egg tempera on wood
21 х 25 cm
Chronos
Smirnoff Veronica

Chronos, 2021

Egg tempera on wood
25 х 22 cm
Charm
Smirnoff Veronica

Charm, 2021

Egg tempera on wood
27 х 32 cm
Mitino
Smirnoff Veronica

Mitino, 2007

Egg tempera on wood
18,5 x 21 cm
Miasma and hope
Smirnoff Veronica

Miasma and hope, 2015

Egg tempera on wood
17,5 x 21 cm
Forest Swagger
Smirnoff Veronica

Forest Swagger, 2014

Egg tempera on wood
17,5 x 21 cm
Fresco. Quadriptych
Smirnoff Veronica

Fresco. Quadriptych, 2021

Egg tempera on wood
Each part 9 х 10 cm
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