Featured Artist of The Week: Ele Islamova!
"I am a self-taught artist. I create mixed media works that depict an imaginary world featuring two main characters named Sam and Lily where daydreaming and a simple life exist. In my work I intend to focus on subjects such as mental health, basics of happiness, kindness and hope. Growing up in Kazakhstan (Central Asia), completing my professional degree in Dubai (East) and living in London (West) for four years, had a significant impact on my worldview about core human values and the oneness of humanity. In my art practice I intend to focus on such values and make them the core subject of my work. Works presented here make part of the Childhood series I created in 2021. The work uses naïve symbolism to express deep philosophies by illustrating various episodes from the imaginary life of Sam and Lily. The work uses natural stones, epoxy resin and acrylic painting which in turn forms a three-dimensional effect. Along with the technique and imagery, the aim is also to facilitate a moment where the audience can escape the pressures of daily life and provide a sense of renewal within the individual."
Artworks in order:
Corners. 2021. Acrylic painting on wooden pano, decorated with with lab grown pink and
green zirconia and acrylic paste figures. Covered with epoxy resin . Size 50×50 cm.
When Sam decided to teach Lily how to play the Corners game, he had no idea that he would get such
a strong opponent in her. Since then, before going to bed, they always play a game (or two). Sometimes
he beats her, sometimes she beats him. But none keeps the score because, as maman loves to say “c’est
la vie, enjoy the experience”
You and me equals We. 2021. Acrylic painting on wooden pano, decorated with natural
stones and acrylic paste figures. Covered with epoxy resin. Size 50×50 cm.
This is us. You and Me. By looking at the mirror of the painting you become an essential part of it. Grab
a friend (or a stranger) look into it together. We all are one now – we are united through an experience
of this painting. Similar experiences unite us. No matter the social status, color of the skin, gender,
political views etc I dare to assume that, at the very core of our being, we all desire just one thing – a
lifelong experience of genuine happiness and inward balance. I wish you that! I wish us all that.
Lily loves trees. 2021. Acrylic painting on wooden pano, decorated with natural
stones (tiger eye, agate, blue onyx, lapis lazuli, topaz) and acrylic paste figures. Covered with
epoxy resin . Size 60×80 cm. Suggested price: GBP 890
Lily is 5. Her favorite thing to do is watering plants, especially TREES. Actually, Trees are her favorite
plants! They give you shade, when it’s hot and save you from the rain, when its pouring. They can feed
you and even become your best friend!Trees are so special.
Hide and Seek. 2021. Acrylic painting on wooden pano, decorated with lab grown pink
and green zirconia and acrylic paste figures. Covered with epoxy resin. Size 50×40 cm.
Suggested price: GBP 720
Sam and his friends love playing outdoor games! The hardest one is to play hide and seek in the open
field. BUT for Sam and his friends it is only a fun opportunity to find the extraordinary in the ordinary –
it’s what they like to do.
Sam is a bookworm. 2021. Acrylic painting on wooden pano, decorated with lab
grown pink zirconia and acrylic paste figures. Covered with epoxy resin . Size 40×30 cm.
Sam is Lily's older brother. He is a real bookworm. His favorite writers are Jack London and Alexandre
Dumas. Sam is very fond of math too. When he grows up, he wants to become an engineer and help
people and animals live better. Sam is very fond of animals, especially elephants, dolphins and rhinos.