ELENA ILKU

 

About


Elena Ilku - Poppy Field

Native of Ukraine, Elena received Masters degree in History of Art and Design from Lviv Polygraphic Academy. She started her career as a professional artist in 1985, and since then has been extensively traveling, working and exhibiting her work throughout Europe and North America. She continued her artistic education in France and United Kingdom, which 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 but by way of suggestions and citations. She succeeds in expressing a deeply felt sense of  “unity” and “wholessness”, balancing colour, form and composition. The consequences of this process are proven to be powerful yet elusive.
Elena lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

Personal Exhibitions

2009 Effusion Gallery, Invermere, BC, Canada
2006 Main Street Gallery, Sidney, BC, Canada
2005 Main Street Gallery, Sidney, BC, Canada
2005 Klim Art Galleries, Toronto, ON, Canada
2004 Roost, Vancouver, Canada
2003 Exhibitions Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2002 New Westminster Public Library, B.C., Canada
2002 Queenstown Gallery, London, U.K.
2001 Red Gate Gallery, London, U.K.
2001 Private View, Chelsea, London, U.K.
1997 Gallery of Modern Art, Lviv, Ukraine
1996 Galerie l’Atelier Toulouse, France
1995 Gallery of Modern Art, Lviv, Ukraine
1987 Gallery on Podil, Kiev, Ukraine

Group Exhibition

2009 VIBC 2009, Art and Soul Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008 Small Works, Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Whistler, BC, Canada
2008 VIBC 2008, Art and Soul Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008 Romancing the Art, Main Street Gallery, Sidney, BC, Canada
2007 Art on 5-th Avenue Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA
2006 Diva Show, Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Whistler, BC, Canada
2006 Gallery Artists, Queenstown Gallery, London, U.K.
2005 Stroke of Twelve, Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Whistler, BC, Canada
2004 Main Street Gallery, Sidney, BC, Canada
2004 Klim Art Galleries, Toronto, ON, Canada
2003 Exhibitions Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2001 Queenstown Gallery, London, U.K.
2001 Group show of international artists: “Self Spacing and Transformation”, London, U.K.
2001 Rowley Gallery Contemporary Arts, London, U.K.
2001 Exhibition in Support of the British Red Cross, Cromwell Hospital, London, U.K.
1999 Art Gallery Shtuki Wspolczesnej, Pshemyshl, Poland
1999 19th International Art Confrontation, Slonne, Poland
1990 Gallery of Modern Art, Lviv, Ukraine
1989 National Biennale of Young Artists, Kiev, Ukraine

Art Fairs and Auctions

2006 Splash Auction (Arts Umbrella), Vancouver, BC, Canada
2005 Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, U.K
2002 Sotheby’s Auction online
2002 Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, U.K
2001 Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, U.K.

Publications

2009 Galleries West Magazine, Winter-Spring issue
2006 Splash Catalog, Vancouver, Canada
2006 Whistler Question: Divas come together at Adele Campbell
2005 Whistler Question: Ilku offers a splash of the Old World
2004 House and Home (Canadian), September issue
2004 Western Interiors. December Issue
2001 Self Spacing and Transformation, Catalog, London, U.K.
2001 South London Press: New Art in Clapham, London, U.K.
1990 Young Art of Ukraine, Catalog, Kiev, Ukraine

 

 

 

 

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