Elena  Lomakin

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“For an artist there are certain elements of scale, form and color

that  are beyond  verbal description.  I  can only  metaphorically

wave my arms at the pictures, - and say look!"

  

 

 

Howard Hodgkin
 

 

 

 

     Being a painter and an installation artist gives me a rare opportunity to approach these two genres in different ways.

    My paintings are small and detailed, and because of their delicacy and nuances, they always invite a close look. On the contrary, the installations that I create can sometimes stand from floor to ceiling and may easily occupy half of the room. Most of them are made of books, which to me are both: my "building material" and objects of constant inspiration.

    My fascination with books started more than 20 years ago when a really old book fell apart in my hands revealing some beautiful  "inner" parts usually hidden in the cover. It was the most wonderful discovery. Suddenly, all kinds of associations with the architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome came to mind leading to my many experiments with books and to such installations as "Welcome to my Library", Homage to Rome", "Hidden Treasures" , etc.

    I have always been attracted to classicism and formal perfection, - therefore, it is my goal to make my works not only different, fresh and innovative, but also as beautiful and well balanced as possible in order to reach the ultimate harmony that only exists in Nature and Fine 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

http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/joe-nalven/2011/oct/05/elena-lomakin-prelude-to-a-birch-tree/

http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/joe-nalven/2011/may/11/elena-lomakin-revaling-the-beautiful-inner-parts/

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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 23 - 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               Diverse/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media group exhibition, Apr.1 - May 15, San Diego Art Institute.

                       Curated by Kate McNamara (Director of Galleries & Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery

                       at Otis College of Art & Design) and Ginger Shulick Porcella (Executive Director of SDAI)

 

                       2017 Juried Biennial, Jan.22 - March 5, Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA 
                       
    Jurors: Yevgenia Mikhailik (Irvine Fine Arts Center) & Ginger Shulick Porcella  (Executive Director of SDAI)

2016               "Secret Sale" Invitational,  April 23 - 30,  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 Gallery

2013               2013 Juried Biennial, Jan.19 - March 9, Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA 
                       
    Jurors: Scott Canty, (LA Municipal Gallery) &  Chantel Paul, (MOPA, San Diego)

 

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

                       

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

 

                       

2011               51th 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 (inSite/San Diego - Tijuana) &  Mathieu Gregoire, (Stuart Collection, UCSD)

                            Honorable Mention Award

                        

                       50th International Award Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute

                            Juror - Julia Marciari Alexander, San Diego Museum of Art

 

                      San Diego Art Institute Regional  Exhibition ( January )

                           Juror - Lynn SusholtzJuror's Choice Award

                   

                      

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

                         San Diego Art Institute Regional  Exhibition ( January )
                             Juror - Manuelita Brown, Juror's Choice  Award

 

 2007               San Diego Watercolor Society Regional  Exhibition ( November )
                             
Juror - Ken Goldman, Best of Show Award

                       

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

Southern California Regional Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute
      Juror - Susan Smith

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