Galina Kizhapkina, Trees, 2011, pen and ink on paper
Works by Galina Kizhapkina & Galina Kym
This exhibition presents the works of two Russian women artists – Galina Kizhapkina and Galina Kym. Galina Kizhapkina works in the city of Velikhy Novgorod, south of St Petersburg. Galina Kym lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand. Both were trained in the classical education and fine arts in Russia.
Galina Kizhapkina is an accomplished Russian landscape and botanical artist and internationally recognised art teacher. This exhibition features a selection of her graphic and watercolour works produced in Russia and during her first visit to Australia in September 2010. Galina was deeply moved by the diversity and primal beauty of the Australian landscape. In 2005 she was awarded the title “Honoured Cultural Worker of the Russian Federation” (equivalent to “Order of Australia”) for her 40 years of art teaching. She is a member of the UNESCO International Association of Fine Arts.
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mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Writing about her new life and artistic path, Galina Kym states that ” Moving to New Zealand renewed my sense of cultural background and belonging. As I adapted to major changes in my new life so to the shift from oils to acrylics in my work naturally took place in absorbing this mesmerizingly rich landscape. The processes of pilgrimage, exposure to cultural traditions and customs, and finding mentors who influenced and shaped me, has made me into who I am today. Contrary to the belief that the medium of encaustic wax cannot shift from its ancient traditional heritage, I believe this new area of work has opened new doors never seen before”.