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Iryna Yermolova

About Iryna Yermolova

Iryna Yermolova was formally trained in graphic design, it was Iryna’s move to England and her love for the English countryside that inspired her to start painting full time. Her work has been featured in Dorset Life Magazine and more recently in Artists and Illustrators. Winner of the Windsor and Newton Prize for Life Drawing Portrait in 2011, Iryna has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at Mall Galleries and Chianchiano Biennale, Italy in 2013. She currently lives and works in Dorset, England.

Iryna says,

“I love to paint people. However, my inspiration isn’t a person but the movement, light, composition, or pattern. I like when light disappears and appears when it is not expected. This effect often breaks the anatomical and academic rules, but it can create dramatic effects and help the composition. When I start on a new canvas, I see the composition, main objects, light, and shadow, and only then do I add some details. I love “breathing,” living canvases“.

An Emotional Approach

Iryna Yermolova has an emotional approach rather than a rational one. she says painting is a kind of meditation for her, time to be with herself and her thoughts. When she puts a pure new canvas on her easel there is that moment when she feels everything is within her power. The first brush strokes help her to use her eyes and emotions instead of her mind. The connection between the soul and light, or shape, or composition and colours is more important than actual subjects of Iryna’s paintings. At the same time, the eroticism of the moment when a woman takes her clothes off, or getting changed, or brushing her hair will always delight and inspire her as an artist. For her, the moment is very powerful. It requires expression and feelings, rather than rationalism and planning.

That moment is my inspiration“.


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Iryna YermolovaUnited Kingdom



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