Featured Artist Nadjejda Gilbert

Canadian artist Nadjejda Gilbert creates compelling and intimate portraits using paper collage and paint. Visit the artist’s website to see more of her portfolio.

 

“Origin” Acrylic and Collage Portrait of a serious looking man with a beard by Nadjejda Gilbert

“Origin” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 24” x 36” x 1.5”

 

As far back as I can remember, I always drew.

 

“On the Other Side” Acrylic and Collage of a young woman by Nadjejda Gilbert

“On the Other Side” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 24” x 36” x 1.5”

 

A pencil in my hand, I drew in my school notebooks, in my reading books and those of my parents and even on the walls of the house. Everything presaged that my path would be traced in the arts world.

 

“A Giant Course” Acrylic and Collage portrait of an older man with a beard by Nadjejda Gilbert

“A Giant Course” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 24” x 36” x 1.5”

 

I studied arts and literature in college before completing a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. My studies gave me the necessary tools to evolve as an artist and thus refine my techniques.

 

“At the Bottom of the Seas” Acrylic and Collage portrait of a woman with goldfish by Nadjejda Gilbert

“At the Bottom of the Seas” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 40” x 30” x 1.5”

 

Throughout my career as a graphic designer—now well into its second decade—my passion for drawing and painting has never waned. You can take the lion out of the jungle, as they say, but you can’t take the jungle out of the lion.

 

“Introspection” Acrylic and Collage portrait of a man with closed eyes by Nadjejda Gilbert

“Introspection” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 18” x 24” x 1.5”

 

By dint of exploration and perseverance, the technique of paper collage with acrylic paint applied in transparency or opacity on canvas, is the avenue that appeared to me the most natural.

 

“Memory” Acrylic and Collage portrait of a man by Nadjejda Gilbert

“Memory” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”

 

I paint and I glue alternately in an intuitive way until arriving at a result that suits me. The raw and textured effect that the superposition of paper and paint gives appeals to me. I call my style contemporary figurative.

 

“Silence is Golden” Acrylic and Collage portrait of a long-haired woman with closed eyes by Nadjejda Gilbert

“Silence is Golden” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 24” x 36” x 1.5”

 

I am naturally drawn to the human as subject and remain fascinated by our duality, by our constant questioning of who we are and where we’re going, and by our perpetual search for the meaning of our lives.

 

“Trust” Acrylic and Collage portrait of a man looking over his shoulder by Nadjejda Gilbert

“Trust” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”

 

For some, it’s love. For others, freedom. I use words and phrases in my portraits like so many stories etched onto the skin. The story of that never‑ending search.

 

“Beyond Dreams” Acrylic and Collage portrait of a young man by Nadjejda Gilbert

“Beyond Dreams” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 30” x 36” x 1.5”

 

I like to say that there are two levels of reading in my works. From a distance, we clearly see faces. But the closer we get, the more we can read texts on the skin. It’s like someone you get to know little by little.

 

“The Awakening” Acrylic and Collage portrait of a young woman staring straight out at the viewer by Nadjejda Gilbert

“The Awakening” Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 24” x 36” x 1.5”

 

In my book, being an artist isn’t simply a matter of being recognized by one’s peers. It’s an identity, a truth that one discovers on one’s own.

 

Artist Nadjejda Gilbert invites you to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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