While living in Tallinn, Estonia I became a bit obsessed with the main local souvenir the Matryoshka. On visiting Russia I found a society with great diversity. I painted a large number of different Matryoshkas showing all types of things I noticed in St Petersburg.
A local art gallery in Tallinn asked me if I could paint some Matryoshkas with Russian artists or artists in the Hermitage Museum. I liked the idea and so the series developed.
The painting is stretched across a thick inner frame. This means it does not require framing again.
Acrylic paint and gloss varnish