At Syd Entel Gallery
Maya Eventov doesn’t just paint with her hands; she paints with her entire being. Her acrylic paintings instantly recognizable are uniquely sculpted, using a palette knife technique. The paint rises from the canvas like a sculpture creating a window to her vision. This is a rare opportunity to meet Maya and purchase something from her latest collection. syd entel galleries welcomes back international artist Maya Eventov for an artist reception is Saturday February 11th 5-8 p.m.
The Show is open to the public and continues through March 18th.
Maya Eventov’s colorful paintings are characterized by a thick application of acrylic paint using a selection of different sized palette knives. The paint is applied as both blended and pure colors. Smaller knives are used to create depth and detail in her paintings. She then uses a series of varnishes designed to create a wet paint effect.
Maya Eventov grew up in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union. St. Petersburg, as it is now known, is a city fabled for its beauty and culture. Her parents introduced her to the great artistic treasures of the city, and she spent countless hours at the magnificent Hermitage Museum studying the works of great masters. The works of the post-impressionists and those of the Russian Avant-Garde especially fascinated her. The palette of Matisse and Gauguin affected her interpretation of color, while Rodchenko and Malevich influenced her sense of balance and composition.
She creates Mediterranean themed landscapes, where her scenes are imaginary and idealized striving to capture the joyous freedom of a bright blue sky and quiet cafes. She also creates works where the scene is reminiscent of rural landscapes in North America. These paintings are executed using a special palette knife and imitate a mosaic technique.
“My works speak of my feelings of happiness, I love to paint, it feels great and I hope my art is a way to transfer this positive energy and wonderful feeling to others, the artist says. “I want to share the warmth of the afternoon, the smell of the exotic flowers and the sensuous taste of the ripe fruit with the viewer. Wander with me through the roads of Tuscany or come enjoy a quiet moment in a romantic setting somewhere in Spain.”
Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass is located at 247 Main Street in Safety Harbor. The Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For further information, contact Linda Gagliostro by calling 727-725-1808 or [email protected] You can also visit their website at www.sydentelgalleries.com