Elena  Lomakin

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“There is a road from the eye to the heart
that does not go through the intellect”.
 

  

 

 

G. K. Chesterton
 

 

This quotation is the key to my works.

Being a painter and an installation artist gives me a rare opportunity to approach these two genres differently.
My art installations are large, complex and can easily occupy half of the room.
Conversely, the paintings and collages that I make are relatively small, - (private, in a way), and often invite a close look.
The subject of all of my works is always Nature whether it is obvious or not. Not details, but rather nuances and delicacy, the mood rendered through lines and colors, the power of hues combined with the subtleties of the drawing are the leading principles of my works on paper.
As with the art installations, I also approach my paintings and collages in opposite ways. While my paintings are spontaneous and improvisational, and tend to convey my immediate impressions, - my collages are usually very well “organized” and thought through. They are minimalist and very simple, but as Walt Whitman once said: “Simplicity is the glory of expression!” It is through that expressive simplicity I am trying to achieve balance, harmony and, hopefully, beauty.
The majority of my collages have these precut paper strips containing the text. I call them my “signature stripes”, and very much favor using them. To me not only they add both: texture and lightness to the works, but also associate with birch trees that are one of the leading images in my art.Through my work I am trying to send a message that “a work of art”, as Robin Blake, the author of an article about Agnes Martin put it, “can be both empty of meaning and a pleasure to look at”.

I really would like the public to view my work (whether it is collages, paintings or installations) with their minds, “emptied of theory and preconception”. Instead I invite the viewers to the world of imagination, harmony and visual perfection that to me can only exist in Nature and Art.
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

ELENA  LOMAKIN

American, born in Moscow, Russia

 

EDUCATION

1992-93          San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1984-89           Lomonosov University, Moscow, Russia

 

Two Interviews with Joe Nalven for San Diego Union Tribune

Discovery and Revelation

Prelude to a Birch Tree

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2017  Cannon Invitational, August 19 – October 7, Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad,

2016   Part & Parcel, November 12 - December 3, San Diego Art Institute

2014   In Harmony, December 19 - January 18, San Diego Art Institute

2014   Dream of Japan, August 7 - October 26, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego, CA

2012   Stripes of America, February 24 - March 25, San Diego Art Institute

2011   Prelude to a Birch Tree, September 24 - November 5, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

2010   Invasion of Color, February 26 - April 3, San Diego Art Institute

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS


2017   26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
           Jurors: Kara West & Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director, SD Mesa College


           Diverse/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media, San Diego Art Institute,
           Curated by Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries & Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery
           at Otis College of Art & Design; Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director & Chief
           Curator at MOCA (Tucson)

           2017 Juried Biennial, Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
           Jurors: Yevgenia Mikhailik & Ginger Shulick Porcella , Executive Director & Chief
           Curator at MOCA (Tucson)

2016   "Secret Sale" Invitational, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

2015    24th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
            Jurors: Robert Pincus, art critic & Tina Yapelli, director SDSU Downtown Galler 

2013    2013 Juried Biennial, Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
            Jurors: Scott Canty, (LA Municipal Gallery) & Chantel Paul, (MOPA, San Diego)

2012    21st Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
            Jurors: Jill Dawsey, (MOCA, San Diego) & Ben Strauss-Malcolm, (Quint Contemporary)

            Degrees of Departure, L Street Fine Art, San Diego, CA


2011     51st International Award Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute
             Juror: Roxana Velásquez, Executive Director, San Diego Museum of Art
             Media Services Award



2010     19th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
             Juror : John Wilson, Executive Director, Timken Museum, San Diego, CA
             Third Place Award



2009     18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
             Jurors - Michael Krichman & Mathieu Gregoire, (Stuart Collection, UCSD)
             Honorable Mention Award

             50th International Award Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute
             Juror: Julia Marciari Alexander, Chief Curator at San Diego Museum of Art



2008     17th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
             Jurors: Robin Clark, MOCA, San Diego & Deborah Klochko, MOPA, San Diego

2006     California Open Exhibition, Tag Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
             Juror: Laddie John Dill, Third Place
            

             7th National Juried Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
             Juror: Cora Rosevear, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2005     Southern California Regional Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute
             Juror: Osvaldo Sanchez, Merit Award