Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 100cm (H) x 85cm (W) / 39.4" (H) x 33.5" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The model for this painting by Ilya Zorkin is the beloved muse of the artist - Valeria. She is sitting in her chair illuminated by the sunlight streaming from the window behind her. This intimate work showcases Ilya's unique style of sincere and unidealised portraiture: a shirt slipping off Valeria's shoulder, her Venetian blond hair tied in a bun, her pensive blue eyes - all these details are painted with little embellishment and with a lot of emotion.
Painted amidst the COVID-induced quarantine, this portrait however is devoid of dark undertones. On the contrary, the artist has rather good memories of the quarantine times: “Like many, my girlfriend Valeria and I had to go through a lockdown, stuck at home for many days. But honestly, we had such a great time together: fun, playful, light-hearted, almost devoid of any disputes, unlike many. It was akin to a long school break".
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Hometown: St. Petersburg
Based in: St. Petersburg
Large scale historical paintings, thorough development of the theme, ethnographic accuracy, multi-figure compositions and virtuoso execution is what Ilya Zorkin excels at. The Russian Academy of Arts awarded Ilya with a gold medal as the best painter. This way of celebrating the merits of the outstanding graduates continues the pre-revolutionary traditions of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Aivazovsky, Brullov, Repin and other prominent Russian painters who defined the classical school of painting of the 19th century have all received this award in the past.
Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Ilya graduated with distinction from the prestigious Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St.Petersburg, Russia in 2019 like other fascinating artists such as Yuriy Ushakov, Valeria Privalikhina and Yaroslava Tichshenko and received an invitation to teach at the same institution.
Ilya participates in national and international art exhibitions and is currently represented by The Russian Ark.
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