Irina ElÃ©n – When Dreams Come True
â€œIn a dramatically changing world of harsh realities and chaos, some people opt for confrontation, defeat or indifference. Others, like Irina ElÃ©n, choose and hold on to the embrace of aspiration, faith, serenity, love, and other feelings akin to these ways of goodness. Though Irina ElÃ©n is a contemporary artist, creating and being viewed in a present-day context, her work centers upon themes that relate with other times and places â€“ with allegorical myths and dreamlike lands, where open skies, crystal waters, bucolic settings, pleasurable earthly affairs, and spiritual desires of ascension coexist with the reality of her own life. Welcome to Irinaâ€™s world.
The heart of Irinaâ€™s art is nourished from a formal academic study of other renowned painters that have cast a spell on her. The artistâ€™s works connect with diverse Italian Renaissance maestros such as, Fra Bartolommeo and Titian, and the great 17th-century Dutch painter, Frans Hals. Furthermore, the artist has found fertile ground and inspiration in the hard-paved contributions of exceptional Northern European women artists during the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly, those of the prominent Italian painter, Lavinia Fontana, and also of the eminent Dutch master, Judith Leyster, whose works were admired for their vibrant palette and astonishing detail of the clothes and jewelry that their subjects wore. Medieval illuminated manuscripts, NaÑ—ve Art, Art Nouveau, Surrealism, craftwork, and tapestry have likewise influenced the artistâ€™s approach.
Irina ElÃ©n acknowledges that these allusions have helped develop her own visual language. â€œThe accomplishment is obtained when you are able to interpret, distill and reweave the references into oneâ€™s creations,â€ she says. This feat is boldly demonstrated in Irina Elenâ€™s present show, When Dreams Come True. In this riveting solo exhibition â€“ her first one in the United States â€“ the artist recreates interesting convergences of dreams and realities, by concocting and intertwining images of a mythical universe with components of a Caribbean culture â€“ specifically â€“ her Platonic love for nature.
Her paintings are imbued with grace, freshness and metaphor. Symbols of beauty, joy, youth, providence and paradise abound, together with certain constants that appear and reappear in her compositions, such as â€“ the feminine imagery, the intimate-surreal setting, the sheer pleasure of fantasy, and the marvelous sense of craft. The placid and splendorous large-scale rendition, When Dreams Depart (2011), and the exquisite, Among Flowers and Dreams (2010), with its profusion of delicate blossoms, are two outstanding examples of the artistâ€™s expressive style.â€
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