Natalia Avdeeva is a Russian artist who for the past ten years has spent most of her time outdoors in London - painting and drawing its landscapes and life. Her latest series '100 drawings in 100 days' has attracted huge following on Instagram. When Avdeeva is not in the capital, she is on expeditions to remote places in Britain - such as The Scilly Isles and the West Country - to paint its coastlines and countryside. "Working 'en plein air' forces me outside to experience nature and landscape at first-hand." She explains as she describes the trips - carrying heavy equipment, hiking solo and struggling to capture fast moving tides and scenes. "I am challenged by the weather, passers-by, the changing lights and temperatures. Yet I find it immensely rewarding".
Natalia Avdeeva was born and grew up in the Altai region of Siberia where she attended Barnaul art school at a young age. With its hot summers and sub-zero winters, she is no stranger to extremes of climate. Yet ever since she arrived in London in 2006 to finish her studies at Heatherley College of Fine Art, she has been fascinated with the British landscape: "I love the constantly changing hues and dramatic skies in the UK, the tremendous variety of scenery, for example its low tides where natural treasures are revealed and then swept away at the blink of an eye." She says.
After working outdoors, Avdeeva returns to her studio to work on her paintings. Here she has developed a unique technique that combines elements of painting and print-making to create her increasingly sought-after works.
Avdeeva is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) and the recipient of both Russian and British awards and prizes. She has exhibited in public and commercial galleries and art fairs across Europe and was shortlisted in BBC's Show me the Monet' series in 2013. Visit the artist's website for a preview of the works online.
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Artist / Speaker: Natalia Avdeeva.