Yelena Dyumin presents her delightful portfolio of works, and invites you to visit her website to see more of her paintings.
I was born in Omsk, one of the largest cities of the Western Siberian region of Russia. Founded in 1716, Omsk is one of the cultural centers of Siberia. It is diverse and unique, traditional and professional, hence it is popular not only in Russia, but also far beyond its borders.
The natural splendor of the Omsk region features boundless grain fields in the south, impassable northern forests, the silver ribbon of the Irtysh River and unique lakes, fresh and salty. Beautiful natural landscapes and the architectural styles of the city inspired me as an artist.
I was drawing and painting from my early childhood, as long as I can remember. My parents noticed this early on, and sent me to art school to develop and advance my skills. After completing art school, I entered into university and completed my Master’s degree in Fine Art at Omsk State Pedagogical University, and for the next 14 years I lectured in art at the same university.
I like to observe the world around me, watching different scenes in life, and I use my imagination to transform these scenes into fantastic images. In almost every piece of my work, I use symbols. For example the green apple, which for me symbolizes the birth of love, as in my painting “Adam and Eve.” I approach this topic from the perspective of today, depicting them as modern heroes.
Although I now paint mostly with acrylics, I used to paint in oil, and have used watercolor in my landscape sketches. A big period of my art life was also devoted to etching. I like to experiment in a variety of mediums. And very often I use modeling paste to create interesting textures.
After I have developed an idea in my head, I’m starting to implement it on a canvas, I can feel the excitement. I get a very special pleasure from doing the very detailed work in my paintings.
Now I am living in Australia, and it is a very special place. At one time it seemed like a completely inaccessible dream, one that I thought would never come true. When I first arrived in Sydney, I was struck by the beauty of the city and the friendliness of the people.
Sydney has unusual building styles, as the city was built by different architects and at different times. No specific architectural style, blends old and new. The Opera House is Sydney’s iconic building. You can watch it for hours, and from different angles it looks different. I was so impressed by it that I made a number of graphics and watercolor artworks of the Opera House.
The Botanical Gardens has a lot of greenery, and it’s hard to imagine that such a park with exotic plants located in the heart of the metropolis. I love Australia wholeheartedly. I like everything here – the nature, climate and the people.
I actively exhibit at various art exhibitions and art shows in Australia. I also participate in Art Revolution Taipei, Taiwan (an annual art exhibition) and have had great success there.
I’ve been involved in a number of professional organizations throughout my career such as the Russian Association of Painters & Sculptors and the Russian Academy of the Arts. Today, I am an active member of the Australian Multicultural Arts & Media Association.