Lena Smirnova

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Artworks for sale: 150

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Denmark

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About Lena Smirnova

  • Biography

    I paint therefore I am

    I do not have any formal education in arts, but became an artist due to the necessity to entertain.  Having to teach rather heavy theoretical courses at universities in various countries, I found that my students just fell asleep when I filled the blackboard up with mathematic derivations. Then in order to wake them up I started to make sketches required for my subject a bit more elaborated. For example, instead of sketching a beam, I drew a bridge (which is generally a beam) with cars and people moving over the bridge not forgetting a heavy storm looming on the horizon. It waked my students up, and very complicated and scary mathematic formulas were digested easier. Consequently, the bridge's admissible loads, vibration frequencies and safety margins for wind velocity were calculated in no time. It was such a fun!

    Now I work on my paintings in a more tranquil atmosphere of my atelier and without 100 spectators behind my back. It is not visual objects that trigger my imagination, but an idea, a concept, an observation, a discrepancy interests me at the first place. Only then comes a strong urge to visualize this. Thinking usually takes much more time than painting pictures. I like to do some research into the matter. Books, TV, political isues, discussions with friends  and internet surfing - everything will do.  I look on the subject from various angles and thus usually not one but a series of paintings is taking shape.

    For example, my still life pictures are presented in the series "Realism noire". Here I actually construct still life set-ups placing objects on the reflecting black mirror. It may look strange  and  artificial, but, yes, I like to provoke and puzzle always remembering that "we see things not as they are but as we are".

    I take my art seriously but I do not take myself seriously in art. When the onlooker smiles looking at one of my large canvasses or at a small piece of paper, then I know that the goal is achieved: one more smile, laugh - even a chuckle will do - in the world :o)

    I am represented by two galleries in Denmark, and usually exhibit  at annual art festivals 2-3 times a year.


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    Event: Lions Club Easter Exhibition 2017

    Dates: March 18, 2017 - March 19, 2017

    Venue: Kerteminde Hall, Denmark, Kerteminde, Denmark

    More than 60 artists from Fyn exhibit their works at the Kerteminde Hall on March 18-19, 2017.

    Event: Winter exhibition

    Dates: March 4, 2017 - April 8, 2017

    Venue: Kunstgalleriet Odense, Odense, Denmark

    Winter exhibition with national and international artists. Pictures which make you warm.
    http://kunstgalleriet-odense.dana3.dk/arkiv/nuvaerende-udstilling/kommende-udstilling.html

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There are no upcoming events

Show previous events Hide previous events

Previous events

Event: Lions Club Easter Exhibition 2017

Dates: March 18, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Venue: Kerteminde Hall, Denmark, Kerteminde, Denmark

More than 60 artists from Fyn exhibit their works at the Kerteminde Hall on March 18-19, 2017.

Event: Winter exhibition

Dates: March 4, 2017 - April 8, 2017

Venue: Kunstgalleriet Odense, Odense, Denmark

Winter exhibition with national and international artists. Pictures which make you warm.
http://kunstgalleriet-odense.dana3.dk/arkiv/nuvaerende-udstilling/kommende-udstilling.html

Biography

I paint therefore I am

I do not have any formal education in arts, but became an artist due to the necessity to entertain.  Having to teach rather heavy theoretical courses at universities in various countries, I found that my students just fell asleep when I filled the blackboard up with mathematic derivations. Then in order to wake them up I started to make sketches required for my subject a bit more elaborated. For example, instead of sketching a beam, I drew a bridge (which is generally a beam) with cars and people moving over the bridge not forgetting a heavy storm looming on the horizon. It waked my students up, and very complicated and scary mathematic formulas were digested easier. Consequently, the bridge's admissible loads, vibration frequencies and safety margins for wind velocity were calculated in no time. It was such a fun!

Now I work on my paintings in a more tranquil atmosphere of my atelier and without 100 spectators behind my back. It is not visual objects that trigger my imagination, but an idea, a concept, an observation, a discrepancy interests me at the first place. Only then comes a strong urge to visualize this. Thinking usually takes much more time than painting pictures. I like to do some research into the matter. Books, TV, political isues, discussions with friends  and internet surfing - everything will do.  I look on the subject from various angles and thus usually not one but a series of paintings is taking shape.

For example, my still life pictures are presented in the series "Realism noire". Here I actually construct still life set-ups placing objects on the reflecting black mirror. It may look strange  and  artificial, but, yes, I like to provoke and puzzle always remembering that "we see things not as they are but as we are".

I take my art seriously but I do not take myself seriously in art. When the onlooker smiles looking at one of my large canvasses or at a small piece of paper, then I know that the goal is achieved: one more smile, laugh - even a chuckle will do - in the world :o)

I am represented by two galleries in Denmark, and usually exhibit  at annual art festivals 2-3 times a year.


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