Ella Kruglyanskaya

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Studio Location
Monster Faces/ Egg tempera on panel/ 24x32 in
Moustachio Beach/Egg tempera on panel/ 24x32 in
Bathers IV/ Egg tempera on panel/ 24x30 in
News/ Egg tempera on panel/ 16x24 in
Bathers/ Egg tempera on panel/ 20x31 in
Artist's Statement

The female figure and its accoutrements is the subject of my current paintings. I distract myself from thoughts of the ultimate betrayal of the body by engaging with the feminine image in graphic/comical ways. In “Bathers”, I enable a vulgar gaze by cropping the female torso and zeroing in on its parts. Cover-ups, in the form of colorful bathing suits, provide a much-needed relief from shameless looking. To prevent over-identification with the figures, their faces are often obscured by printed matter, and their bathing suits have a life of their own. I’m interested in pictorial events that are not narrative but visual and sometimes aspire to an unspoken punch line. The figure functions as the vessel and the space onto which the events of the painting occur.



2006 M.F.A Painting, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
2001 B.F.A Painting, Cooper Union, New York, NY

2010 (Upcoming) Artists in Residence exhibition, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
2009 Young Artists Showcase, group exhibition, GlobalWorks, New York, NY
2009 Cabernet Initiative, group exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
2007 "Something Swarming Something", group exhibition, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY
2006 "Paintings and Drawings", one-person show, Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT
2006 "MFA Thesis Exhibition", Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2004 Group Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

2009-10 Henry Street Settlement/ Abrons Art Center, Artist in Residence studio program, New York, NY