Lookback: Ella Kruglyanskya

Posted on 5 May 2020 in News, Visual Art

_DSC000 low.jpgPeople-watching feels increasingly like a pre-lockdown pastime. Perhaps that's why we are compelled to look back to Ella Kruglyanskaya's vivid and vivacious paintings which were exhibited by Tramway, in collaboration with Tate Liverpool, in 2016. 

Many of these works, drawn from ten years' of the artist's work, as well as new pieces from 2016, are populated by imagined characters – almost exclusively women - framed in scenes of pleasure and conflict. In Kruglyanskaya's work, the female body is strong and self-assured, almost bursting from the canvas, while female relationships, friendships and dialogues form the foundation of the artist's varied subject matters.

Born in Latvia and now based in New York, Kruglyanskaya has said 'humour is really important in my work,'and her style is graphic and painterly, referencing a range of influences from ancient Etruscan wall painting and German expressionism to film and popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s.

Ella Kruglyanskaya
12 October – 11 December 2016

Down the Rabbit Hole: More on Ella Kruglyanskaya

Tateshots interview, May 2016 (You Tube video)>

Interview with Double Negative, Sep 2016 >

Interview with Cultured Mag, 2019 >