Artwork of the Day: Mental Order: Branta Canadensis, Anna Kornycheva
Today’s Artwork of the Day is an acrylic painting entitled “Mental Order: Branta Canadensis” (47.2″ x 35.4″) by Artexpo New York 2011 exhibitor Anna Kornycheva. I love the lightheartedness of this piece. It seems to hold echos of Chagall’s playfulness and Pollock’s energetic fearlessness, along with a spirit that is decidedly distinctive (word to the wise: “Branta Canadensis” is Latin for Canada Goose).
Anna is a Canadian painter of Russian origins. Here’s what she has to say about her creative process and the reason she paints:
“For me, an artwork starts with a message, an idea—for example home, good luck, hope, etc.—that gradually takes shape on the canvas. The image is guided by the initial concept and intuition, while the colors always play an important role in the transmission of the message.
“Man follows his quest in search of happiness and harmony but is often taken back by social and personal problems, spiritual void and everyday stress. I want to bring a bit of happiness, tranquility and magic into the lives of others.”
Anna has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Design from the University of Quebec. While studying, Anna worked as a freelance graphic designer and immersed herself in painting, exploring different styles and mediums. After graduation she was employed by multinational companies in Ottawa and Montreal. In 2007, however, Anna struggled with a prolonged, work-related disease that affected her arms and required her to give up her career as a graphic designer. After a long recuperation period she slowly came back to painting.
In 2008, Anna spent six months in Spain, where she dedicated herself entirely to artistic research. Later, she participated in a group exhibition in Barcelona, entered the art catalogue of the Tempera gallery in Luxemburg, exhibited in France (Metz and Nancy), Luxemburg and Belgium (Brussels). In 2010, she was selected by the National Society of Fine Arts to exhibit in Carrousel du Louvre, Paris as a member of Canadian delegation. Some of her works are now part of private art collections both in Canada and in Europe.
I’m looking forward to seeing Anna’s whimsical paintings and meeting the artist herself at Artexpo New York 2011.