Distinction Gallery is pleased to present: Evgeniya Golik: "Song Of The Sea"
(aka Evgola) is a Russian born pop-surrealist based in San Diego, California. She graduated Art School at the age of 17, and then went on to study at the Far Eastern State Technical University in Vladivostok, Russia. Evgeniya earned her degree in Design and Architecture. She is currently a full time fine artist, illustrator, and art teacher.
She is inspired by the European Renaissance, Russian Orthodox icons, Slavic folklore, fairy tales and modern pop culture (fashion, photography, cinematography, music), Evgola's art combines a classic sensibility within a contemporary setting, something which artist-self defines as 'Neo Renaissance'. Using a variety of media, her work joins real world portraiture with imaginative and often surreal narratives to highlight and reveal her subject's personalities.
Evgola's haunting paintings and drawings are doors to a mystical realm, one which showcases a myriad of beautiful human faces and fantastical creatures, that seek to express their secret through esoteric language. "Deep gazes, halos, long necks, blossoming skins, gold leaves, secrets and stars..."
In the artist's own words:
"I was born and raised in a city by the sea - The Russian port Vladivostok. I was lucky enough to start my life all over again in a beautiful city on the ocean coast - San Diego. I can't imagine my life without spending time by the water, hearing waves crushing, feeling clearing breeze on my face. All troubles seem so small and the happiness is even brighter.
The water itself is a greatest power. It can give and it can take away, it can cleanse, heal and it can kill at the same time. Always changing, yet always beautiful. I can identify water with the power of music or the power human feelings as I dive into these series.
I'm presenting new emotional pieces that are within a range between musical and marine themes, or a twist of both. In these works I'm challenging myself to create a melody or a sea sound through the painting, I am also trying to bring more dynamic elements into my style."
Gallery Director - Melissa Walker:
"I have been following Evgeniya's for several years. Her artwork makes me smile, especially as she continues to push her figurative work, while equally creating surreal, powerful environments for them to thrive in".
Her exhibition will run from April 13th through May 4th, 2019. The opening reception with Evgeniya, live music, ArtHatch open studios, Lost Abbey Beer, and BK Cellars wine will be on Saturday, April 13th from 6-10pm.