Timakova Elena Alexandrovna
Brief biographical information.
|Elena Alexandrovna was born in
1960 in the family with rich artistic traditions. Her
grandmother was a sister of the wife of the artist Vitold
Kaetanovich Bialynitsky-Birulia. Her father - Alexandr
Frolovich Timakov - graduated from the Surikov Institute
of Painting in Moskow, he was a member of the Union of
Graphists and worked as a teacher at the faculty of the
Academic Painting in Moscow Stroganov School of Painting.
Therefore, Elena's choice of profession though being made
against her father's will, has been essentially prepared
by the artistic spirit of the family.
In 1983 she graduated from the Department of Restoration of Moscow School of Painting named in the Memory of 1905 Year. During the next ten years she was employed as a restorer in the Object d'Art Archive of the Ministry of Culture of USSR (in the area of Troitse-Sergieva Lavra in the former Zagorsk), working on restoration of pictures and icons.
It is worth while to note that Elena's painting is assisted by the musical studies: since 1977 she has played cello in The Chamber Orchestra of Moscow State University.
|In 1994 she became a free
artist, a member of Russian Union of Painters and of
UNESCO Association of Painters. Since then she had 10
personal exhibitions including one in Australia.
Now her works decorate a number of private collections not only in Russia, but also in Australia, Israel, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, China, Norway, Poland, Syria, USA, France, Czechia, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Japan.
Her style can be defined as realistic (Russian) impressionism. In another words, her landscapes reflect the reality not like a photograph, but through her own perception and world outlook. Possibly, this makes her pictures so light, kind, calm and ... somewhat sad.
From the newspapers reviews of her exhibitions:
young Moscow painter Elena Timakova devoted to the native
Russian nature involuntarily charm everybody who keep the
memory of the virgin Russian province, its still, hearty
beauty of each season. ... How sensitively and truly
guessed the artist an innermost beauty of the rain-washed
herbs, the cornflower-coloured sky, the light breath of
earth! In the tumult of our days we somewhat forgot,
betrayed this beauty left to us by our ancestors. And
Elena's pictures wake us from the nightmare, again and
again returning the memory of childhood, of the first
curative meetings with the Russian forest, the expance of
fields and meadows, warmth of the sun-heated earth. The
peculiarity of the artist's talent is light, transparent
painting, clear fresh colors, the delicate structure of
landscapes and still lives, in the violin-like music of
the order of the pictures..."
(Lev Diakonitsin, a member of Russian Union of Painters, the Newspaper of MVD Academy, 1994).
|"The state of
nature and light of her pictures are always special,
unstable: between the heat and the cold, between sun and
rain. Sun is already covered with a cloud, but the
flowers still warm in its beams. Pink and light blue
colors near always present or are implied..."
(Nonna Zajtseva, "Vechernaja Moskva", 1995).
|"... mostly, she paints landscapes - warm, light, gentle, elevating the spirit. Her vision of nature is reflected by the tenderest colors of pastel hues which bring about the feeling of freshness, clarity and touching of flowers, trees, herbs." The references on Elena Timakova's exhibitions contain the expressions like "radiant pictures", "light, clear colors", "light joy"... All these thawed ice-floes, green rich grass, spring streams give the quiet so necessary in this cruel world" (Marina Markova, "Narodnaya Gazeta", 1997).|
majority of Elena Timakova's works are created in her
dear place in the area of Tver, near the cottage
"Chajka" (see the homepage of the cottage
If you would like to visit yourself the places of the artist's creative activity, please look at our tourist site (only in russian at the moment).
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