Anya Lauchlan

"Learn how to do it properly, you can always spoil it later."

Daydreamer - Oil on canvas 914 x 914 mm

"I explore different media and subjects: from landscape, marine, and still-life to portraits and abstracts.

I was brought up in a family of Jewish doctors in Kharkiv, Ukraine in the middle of Stalin's era. It was a strangely polarized environment. My artistic upbringing followed Western art, and it was officially considered decadent, nearly criminal at that time. Being trained by a student of Marc Chagall, I follow the tradition of the School of Paris group.

I have worked as an illustrator since I was sixteen. In 1979, I was put out of work as a ''refusenik'' and left for the UK in 1989. I became a British national and have been painting since 1991, actively exhibiting solo in the UK and France and group shows in Europe and the US. My work appeared on English National Ballet, BBC TV with the ENB 1998-99.  "Daydreamer" has won 1st Prize in a 1997 competition in London. I have lived in Normandy, France, since 2006, and I am now going to stay on the Isle of Wight, England.”

Tranquillity - Oil on canvas 914 x 914 mm
Etruscan Summer 3 - Oil on canvas 914 x 914 mm
Blue Mountain - Oil on canvas 800 x 800 mm
Le Bateau Ivre - Oil on canvas 1500 x 1500 mm

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