Nelly is a painter and a printmaker who focuses on creating expressive, playful and rhythmic pieces, chasing the elusive balance of curious and familiar. Originally a History student, she often draws on a wide range of historical references in search of ideas and inspiration. Allegory and symbolism provide the foundations to manipulate the concepts of historic versus contemporary. The resulting paintings are gestural, bright compositions, rich in their complexity.
“My fundamental motivation to paint is derived from the surprise element of the open-ended process. I like the idea of slowing down the viewer, so they can't simply glance and believe they've ascertained the essence of the piece. I want my pieces to reveal gradually, inviting the viewer to return, consider, scrutinize and optically dissect. When I'm painting, I consider shapeshifting to create a sense of something that is deliberately unfinished.”
After graduating from York University she completed two-year painting apprenticeship at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg. Nelly lives and works in Toronto. Her work is held in private collections across Asia, Europe, Middle East and USA.