Artist and curator Elena Shchukina is launching the Gallery Elena Shchukina in Mayfair, London this September with a space to challenge the traditional notion of a gallery. The space will bring painting, furniture, lighting, objets and wall coverings together to create an immersive aesthetic environment.
Painting will take the lead, setting the tone for the interior design and furnishings. Led by Shchukina’s personal interest in painting, the gallery is based on her belief in the power of art to inspire a room setting.
Shchukina explains the concept to us in greater detail:
“I want visitors to Gallery Elena Shchukina to feel almost as though they are stepping into a painting when they come here. We are going to work with contemporary designers who will take their cue from the artists with whom we work to create furniture, rugs, lighting and even jewellery that will all complement and reflect the paintings that we show. My idea is to create holistic environments that are inspiring, creative rooms that become perfect living spaces; places that are uplifting, yet also make you feel comfortable, and ‘at home’.”
The first artist to show in the space will be Onyeka Ibe, from 24 September – 9 November 2013:
Now an internationally recognised artist, Ibe grew up during the unrest that followed the end of the Nigerian civil war. In his formative years he experienced periods of intense violence that beset the floundering democracy. He realised that his art could take two paths; either to rail against dehumanizing situations, or to capture elements of humanity in his work.
His work reflects the latter: Ibe’s portraits, landscapes and still lifes are quiet and reflective, meditative blocks of richly coloured paint. He achieved success early in his career, exhibiting at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Lagos at 16. His work features in international collections and he currently resides in New York.
Ibe’s work will be shown alongside beautifully-crafted furniture and rugs that echo the palette and structure of his paintings, to create a unique and complete living space.
Elena Shchukina was born and raised in Siberia. She successfully completed a law degree at Moscow Law State Academy before deciding to pursue her passion for art and design by studying at the Moscow Design School. During this course Elena began to create themed environments, proposals for interiors where all the elements – art, furniture, wall coverings, floors and objects – would come together to create a harmonious whole. This sparked Elena’s imagination and she began to think about creating a new kind of gallery, one that, rather than showing art in a traditional ‘white cube’ format, would instead create a living space filled with painting, sculpture, furniture, objets and even lighting. Colour and energy are all-important to her and the paintings, objects and furniture that will be displayed at Gallery Elena Schukina will reflect this verve for living.
Onyeka Ibe’s work will be shown at the Gallery Elena Shchukina from 24 September – 9 November 2013. Visit the gallery at 10 Lees Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 6LL (The nearest tube stations are Marble Arch and Bond Street)