Please take a second of your time to help support the Starry series. The People’s choice award winner gets to show their work at SCOPE Art Show in Miami this year at Miami Art Basel 2011. Thank you to all in advance :)
Art Takes Miami 2011
Something Between Pop Surrealism and Fashion Illustration:
Surreal, bold and theatrical, Gina Martynova fuses technical craftsmanship with a whimsical and eerie imaginary inner world. Her illustrations provoke simultaneously dark, inviting and dramatic imagery. She is inspired by unique patterns found in nature, fashion, music, Russian and European illustrators of the early 20th century, Japanese woodblock prints, Indonesian arts and crafts as well as Alexander Pushkin’s fairytales, imaginary worlds and folklore. The tension between the extreme detail and open/vast negative space is essential to her aesthetic and is borrowed from the Taoist perceptions of harmony in nature. The Starry style examines excess and transformation, their effects on human nature and portrayal in fairytales, history, fashion and art. The concept is derived from the artist’s desire to explore her heritage, having lived abroad all her life, to glimpse into what has subconsciously been imprinted on her soul. The collection aims to combine traditional oil portraiture with surreal and experimental watercolor; creating a dialogue between the meticulous detailing and free flowing whimsy.