Irina Russkol (Ukrainian) creates beautiful figurative sculptural paintings that are raised off the paper or canvas using a mixture of sand, gesso, highlighted with metallic-paints creating contrast between the textured figures and their background. She has incorporated mixed media with oil, acrylic, watercolor, tempera, gouache and different textures. Not content with settling with one style or medium, Irina is only content when discovering new techniques, which is evident with her wide range of styles: landscape, still life, figurative and abstract. Read More
A perpetual explorer, Irina Russkol has utilized many different mediums in her work. The suggestion of people in granules of bronze or a dusky slash of a figure can convey a particular moment through a thoughtfully constructed scene. Her dedication to the evolution of her work is apparent when one examines her pieces closely, peering through the layers of pigment and texture and deep into the painting’s heart.
Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, Irina started drawing and experimenting with paints at an early age. She began her formal training at Kharkov Fine Art Institute in Kharkov, then moved to St. Petersburg, Russia in 1994 to attend the Academy of Fine Art. In 1998, she decided to come to the United States to study English as well as American culture and art.
Although her education helped her greatly, her inspiration and need to create has generally come from her spontaneous impulses within. Influenced by different artists and styles, Irina’s art is the result of her research and observation.
More than 50% of the relief is shown in Irena’s works, which lead us to the conclusion that the figures would be considered “alto rileivo” or high relief, yet the opposite could be, stated where the works could also be considered "monumental sculpture" on a flat surface.
Irena's work is depicted with many figures and sublime poses as opposed to active poses, as "sculptures in the round". The heads and many feet are undercut where the torsos are more engaged with the surface behind.
Irina's artworks can be found in numerous corporations, select fine art galleries, and private collections around the country and abroad.