Artwork of the Day: Fantastical Galliano, Lana Greben

Lana Greben, Fantastical Galliano

"Fantastical Galliano" by Lana Greben

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Fantastical Galliano,” a 30″ x 30″ mixed media painting on panel by Lana Greben, who will be exhibiting at Artexpo New York 2011.

Inspired by the world of fashion, and dedicated to promoting the work of fashion designers everywhere, Lana’s work is an ongoing artistic experimentation and reinterpretation of fashion illustration techniques.

Through their creations, fashion designers create styles, imply values, aesthetics and lifestyles. Fashion, for me, is all about the power of emotion, seduction and passion. My work explores the fascinating interrelation between art and fashion, one in which there is something of a role reversal. Fashion magazines, fashion photography and graphic design, in claiming and validating the visceral emotions and desires evoked by fashion, have themselves become powerful sources of inspiration.

If leading fashion designers adopt an aesthetic that brings fashion to art, my work uses art to explore fashion, with its concepts of liberated femininity, “unisex” and gender identity, timeless elegance and sophistication.

My work does not emphasize accessories or aesthetic details; rather, it is a personal interpretation of the psychological aspects of femininity in fashion design. Using mixed media, pastel, acrylic and the techniques of fashion illustrators, I try to show not only fragments of feminine characters, but the feelings in women’s faces that create the atmosphere of fashion, ushering the observer in a world of extreme sophistication.

Born in Ukraine in 1978, Lana received a law degree from Dnipropetrovsk State University before moving to Québec, Canada. There, she received a degree in fine arts from the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, and refined her technique through workshops with some of Canada’s most famous artists.

Lana is the founder and Director of the Palace of Arts Harricana and History Museum of Abitibi, Quebec. She has had exhibitions of her work across Canada, as well as in Spain and the United States. She is a member of the Circle of Painters and Sculptors of Quebec (Le Cercle des Artists Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec). Her work is also featured in International Contemporary Artists.

Lana will be at Artexpo New York 2011 to exhibit her fashion-inspired art. We look forward to welcoming her on Pier 94 on March 25.

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