Elena Putley North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I am a visual artist working in painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media. My main interests are in urban culture, architecture, poetry and travel experiences. I was born and brought up in Moldova but moved to UK in 1995. I teach art and photography. Education: Degree in ceramics at Moldovan Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts and MA in Art and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University.
My works explore beauty, chaos and predictability of urban landscape built up gradually over time. Some cityscapes are derived from my travels and firsthand observations, and some are from images found on the internet, mirroring how specific locations are drawn together by their similarities, which are surprisingly bigger than the differences. I combine traditional painting techniques with less conventional methods: laser etched drawings and grid-system structures applied over pre-painted surfaces. Through the rendering of colour, texture and composition, I focus on atmosphere, memories and connections.
Main influences on my work are Mark, Bradford, Julie Mehretu, Turner, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Utrillo, early Cubists, Pavel Filonov, Rauschenberg, Paul Noble,
National and International exhibitions:
2017 Merser Gallery, Harrogate Harrogate Open 2017 Group Exhibition 2016 Treasure and Relish, Ripon, North Yorkshire Solo Exhibition 2015 Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds Group Exhibition/Competition - Highly Commended. 2015 North Yorkshire Open Studios, Harrogate 2014 “From the collections of Moldova’s Museum of Fine Arts”, Kishinev, Moldova 2013 “Harrogate Open” Group Exhibition 2007 Gascoigne Gallery, Harrogate 2002 Group Exhibition “To be confirmed” Leeds Met University Gallery, UK 1998 Harrogate Gift Fair, Students exhibition. 1994 Solo Exhibition, Culture foundation, Bucharest, Romania. 1993 Commission for the International Ionesco Theatre Festival, Kishinev 1992 “From the collections of Moldova’s Museum of Fine Arts”, Bucharest 1991 Moldovan Artists at 17th Cinema Festival, Cinema Center, Moscow 1991 Collection of Sphinx Gallery, Strasbourg, France 1991 Group Exhibition at Coral Gallery, Kishinev, Moldova 1991 Group Exhibition in Galati, Romania 1990 Artist in residence in Dorohoi Porcelain factory, Romania 1990 Group Exhibition of Young Moldovan Artists, Sicily, Italy 1990 Group Exhibition “ Experiments”, Kishinev 1990 Group Exhibition in Iasi, Romania 1990 Spring Art Exhibition, Kishinev, Moldova 1989 Group Exhibition “In Eminescu’s memory”, Kishinev, Moldova 1987 Autumn Art Festival, Kishinev, Moldova My works are featured at the National Art Museum of Moldova along with many private collections in Moldova, Russia, UK, USA, France, Holland, Romania, Germany, Israel, Sweden, Turkey, Italy, Greece.