The large-scale figurative paintings by Russian artist Anna Razumovskaya effortlessly combine the strengths of traditional composition with contemporary flair. But the viewer’s greatest delight comes when the works are observed up close.
The giclee prints are enhanced with bold strokes of textured color: in the women’s hair clips, the swirl of their skirts or the classic beauty of a pearl necklace.
Wind Fine Art Gallery owner Kee Hee Lee was one of the first collectors to discover the potential of this artist.
“I met her for the first time eleven years ago. It was her first show, and she was very nervous,” said Lee. “I bought all of her originals that day, about eight of them. People standing behind me said, ‘But I want to buy that!’ I answered, ‘Too bad, I bought it first.’ ”
And Razumovskaya has rewarded Lee since then, with three exclusive shows at her gallery in Centerville. There are approximately 70 works in this exhibit.
“Quickly, easily, brightly … this is the way I draw, the same way I live. My art is a reflection of myself,” said Razumovskaya, who lives in Toronto, Canada. “You are just drawing and that is all; simply not thinking of anything definite. Pleasure, passion, joy are the characteristics of this process.”
Like brilliant visual artists before her, she is now internationally acclaimed and known by only one name, “Anna.” Her originals first sold for $3,000 dollars; now her original works command as much as $38,000. This Friday she will demonstrate her effortless style at an artist reception at the gallery.
Razumovskaya has a degree from the Russian State University for Arts, and also studied in Germany, Belgium and Holland. Her collections can be found in the U.S., Canada, Austria, Holland, France and Australia.
HOW TO GO
What: “Past. Present. Future.” Paintings by Anna Razumovskaya
Where: Wind Fine Art Gallery, 7300 Far Hills Ave., Centerville
When: Continues to May 31
Artist reception: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday
More info: (937) 291-4383 or www.windfineartgallery.com