Eugenie Vronskaya

Born in Moscow in 1966, Vronskaya underwent a rigorous academic training in Russia. She studied icon painting at the Krasnopresnenskaya School of Art and the Fine Art University in Moscow before moving to the UK in 1989. In 1991 she became the first Russian M.A. student at the Royal College of Art. Vronskaya was invited by Sir Anthony Caro to participate in the International Triangle Workshop in New York state and subsequently was involved in running a number of Triangle International workshops in Africa. Caro became a friend and mentor to her until his death in 2013.

Eugenie is a highly accomplished portrait artist, and it was by this means she supported herself while her two children were growing up. Recently her painting has gone beyond objective reality exploring a landscape hovering between dreaming and waking. Nocturnal walks near her home in the highlands of Scotland, have led to a series of luminous evanescent landscapes peopled with solitary figures and mythical horses. These paintings show the influence of the symbolists and hint at mysterious narrative undertones.

The works we have selected show the huge scope of her artistic oeuvre. Her large scale mythical horse paintings, evocative dream-like landscapes and penetrating observation of the human character.

Eugenie’s work had been admired for its effortless technique the result of Russian academic training and in these recent works she handles paint with astonishing fluidity at times it is thick and lustrous at others thinned and dispersed with solvent, seeming to evaporate from the canvas.

She has worked and exhibited in London, Paris, Denmark, America, Russia and USA and taught at Ruskin School of Art, Winchester School of Art and Chelsea and Westminster School of Art, where she was Artist in Residence in 1994-95. The following year Vronskaya was awarded Artist in Residency at Delfina Artist Studios, both in London and in Spain. In 2012 she won the Borchard Self-Portrait award. She is represented by the John Martin Gallery in London and now divides her time between London and the Highlands.
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