Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

JELENA RUKAVINA

"Traces"

27 February - 19 March

Artist Statement:

“I am a contemporary painter who lives and works in Wellington. When you look at the first abstract paintings/prints , you turn back to the very basics of modernist art the interplay of lines, shapes, colors; you feel the power of these structural elements as those most fundamental forces of nature that shape us. Although I acquired academic art training through secondary and higher education from an early age, this time inspired by the elusive nature of water, I wanted to reveal my intuitive side.  Water is painted by feeling, especially one which forms a wave. Supported by the safety of previously acquired painting techniques, I made an accent on a line, a color, a stain, a dot, mixed in a controlled coincidence.

Life near the ocean opens your mind toward the future and how we can destroy or save our planet. I am aware of the human influence on the planet, oceans and what effect people have on ocean life. Living in Wellington for 11 years gave my art a different perspective. I have a reverence for nature and love of the outdoors. My day regularly includes beach walks, which inspire my choice of subject of water.



I earned my Masters in Art-Painting degree at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. I was awarded first place in an international exhibition for a portrait done in oil on canvas. Selection was made out of 410 artists that participated and I became the first student to be awarded in this exhibition’s history.”

Publications & Achievements:

  • 30 June 2020, Manhattan TV NY, premier of a documentary “Sacred Waters, The Cry of the Oceans” with Jelena’s work featured as a part of the short film which will be distributed to film festivals in NY and LA
  • October 2020, Larnaka Biennale Greece, representing New Zealand 
  • The Art Tour International Magazine,” Artists of the decade”, winter issue 2020, Barnes and Noble print edition, distributed in 650 bookstores in USA
  • Spring issue 2020, “Conservations of Oceans “in collaboration with the Green Planet and Create 4 Peace organizations, published by Barnes and Noble, distributed in 650 bookstores in USA
  • October 2021, Florence Biennale – Italy, representing New Zealand and Serbia , where Jelena is nominated for the award “Lorenzo Il Magnifico.” Among previous winners were internationally well-known artists: Marina Abramovic and David Hockney. The exhibition catalog will have a full page of Jelena’s work and the biography that will be distributed to several libraries in Europe.

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Exhibition Opening & Meet the Artist:

Join us for a glass of bubbly and meet our artist Jelena at the exhibition opening with the first view on Friday, 28th February. 5pm - 7pm. Free Entry.

Exhibition & Sale

28 February – 19 March 2020. Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11am – 4pm.

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