Elena Ilku - Pink Pearl, 2013
30 x 24 in
A Native of the Ukraine, Elena received her degree in Art History and Design from Lviv Academy. She started her career as a professional artist in 1985, and since then has been extensively travelling, working and exhibiting her work throughout Europe and North America. Elena currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC. Elena continued her artistic education in France and the United Kingdom, which has helped her to develop a unique style of painting. She is producing work of great originality, in which there is a release of emotion and a strangely captivating balance between abstraction and figuration. Still the signs and symbols of Slavonic Icon, one of her favorite subjects in early works, continue to evoke feeling and memories of old times. Elena is a master at depicting familiar surroundings by way of suggestions and citations. She succeeds in expressing a deeply felt sense of “unity” and “wholeness”, balancing colour, form and composition. The results of this process are proven to be powerful yet elusive.