About Nadezhda

Nadezhda is a London-born artist of Ukrainian and Polish descent. She specialises solely in portraiture, creating works on canvas, paper or board, ranging from 160cm to 10cm, using acrylic or gouache paints and genuine gold or platinum leaf. She has had paintings accepted by the RWA, RBSA and SWA and has had individual works shown in a variety of exhibitions. Her main areas of inspiration are male ballet dancers, musicians and the human male. She accepts commissions of any human subject as well as creating works for sale. Nadezhda is currently working on a series of paintings of well-known male ballet dancers, with a mission to increase awareness of this often misunderstood profession, and the men who dedicate their lives to it.

Nadezhda’s portraits are stylistically influenced by a combination of Eastern Orthodox iconography and Tintin, which is not as bizarre as it sounds. Many hours were spent engaging with icons and Tintin during her formative years. They are linked historically on Art’s evolutionary tree, and Nadezhda has written and delivered a well-received lecture on how her flat and graphic style unconsciously grew out of these two apparently disparate disciplines.

She is primarily concerned with conveying the inner life of her subjects. At core, Nadezhda’s work is a celebration of the beauty of humanity, which she insists is alive, kicking and expanding, if only we cared to look.

Her work is marked by large areas of empty space, an uncluttered design, and a minimal colour palette. The result is a body of work which has a Zen-like quality of stillness and calm.

Nadezhda’s Professional Background in the Arts

Nadezhda trained as a professional ballet dancer in London at one of the top ballet schools in the UK, The Central School of Ballet. However, her continuous desire to paint and draw, led her to choose a career in the visual arts instead. Firstly, she studied for a degree in Calligraphy and Bookbinding, specialising in manuscript books, gilding, and miniature painting.

Nadezhda spent 15 years working as a calligrapher and designer. Following this, her artistic life took a dramatic turn when she encountered a beautiful and powerful face of a man. The impact was so great, it instantly unearthed an unknown desire to create a portrait, an art form she had never before considered. The result was an imposing painting, ‘Il Catalizzatore’ (The Catalyst – not for sale) . This was the first portrait to be created by Nadezhda, and she has been obsessively painting portraits ever since.

‘Il Catalizzatore’ can only be viewed by appointment at the artist’s studio, exhibited with her other works. The majority of paintings are are for sale.

More Information about Nadezhda’s work

Read an editorial feature about Nadezhda and her work in Exeter Living Magazine, please click here

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