Diana Krilova’s recent paintings are an enquiry of both motherhood and nature. They testify her understanding of the synthesis of maternity and alluring panoramas. Her artistic practice is simple, she watches her children frolic and sketches, photographs and does primary research on location. Initial ideas are translated into monotone illustrations either in red or yellow oil on canvas, which then evolve into larger scale colour representations.
After becoming a mother in 2011, Krilova re-invented her painting style and adapted her colour pallet to those more frequently seen in paintings made by children. Bright colours and multiple point perspectives craft an atmosphere of magic – propelling the viewer into slow paced surroundings. Following paths among shrubs, picking flowers and climbing trees offer new narratives; in this way her landscapes become an intimate experience. Krilova's oeuvre compels us to slow down, to look around, to breath in and out, to remember how to perceive the countryside in the way children do - opened-eyed and full of wonder.
Lush green foliage, interspersed with flowers, winding footways and playing families draw us into Krilova's secret world. She relishes her kids adventures and prefers to capture the spirit rather than a perfect picture of outdoor pursuits. Her unique approach to British gardens and landscape is imbued with an exotic charm, unearthing a range of reactions and emotions.
Motherhood is a reoccurring topic in Krilova’s opus. She currently works with the Courtauld Institute documenting her drawings for a publication A Diary of a Mother, which includes day-to-day illustrations and stories children tell each other during recreation. Krilova has more exciting projects in the pipeline – no doubt we will hear about.
Born in Russia in 1978, Diana Krilova has been based in the UK since 1993, and currenty works in London. With her background in fine art and anthropology, Krilova's previous work addressed scenarios of the everyday, of misunderstanding based on cultural backgrounds and displacement. She has had solo exhibitions at Liverpool Biennale 2004 and 2006, 5th Base Gallery London (2017, 2018), lead workshops at Tate Liverpool 2005 and worked on international projects in Spain 2006, France 2006) and Latvia (2007). Her paintings are held in major international corporate, private and public collections.
- Renée Pfister, 2019
2019: Of Apples and Trees, 5th Base Gallery, London
2018: New Works, 5th Base Gallery, London
2018: Visual Diary of a Mother, 5th Base Gallery, London
2017: New Works, 5th Base Gallery, London
2007: Drawn Together, Peoples' Centre, Liverpool
2006: Making Invisible Visible, Unity Theatre, Liverpool Biannual'06, Liverpool
2004: Diana Krilova New Works, with Independents, Unity Theatre, Liverpool Biannual'04, Liverpool
Selected Group Shows
2022: Stand with Ukraine, Hales Gallery, London
2021: Equivision, Piornal Casa de Cultura, Extremadura, Spain
2018: Symbiosis, part of Chelsea Fringe, curated by Tania Beaumont, Espacio Gallery, London
2018: New Works, curated by Ana Cockerill, Espacio Gallery, London
2017: The Need to Doodle, curated by Sumer Erek, 5th Base Gallery, London
2016: The Stories They Told, 5th Base Gallery, London
2011: KIOO Festival, Vibe, London
2008: Beatabet Alphabet, Brighton Fringe, Brighton
2008: The Painted Face, Orleans House Gallery, London
2007: Summer Open, Waterloo Gallery, London
2007: Arts Unwrapped, Mother Studios, London
2006: History and Identity, Primo Piano Livin Gallery, Lecce, Italy
2005: Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, Liverpool
2005: Character, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
2005: The Art of Love, Oxo Tower / Bargehouse, London
2004: 10x10, Egg Space, Liverpool Biannual'04, Liverpool
2003: Wandering Star, Egg Space, Liverpool
2003: EYA03, CDA Fine Art, Birmingham
2003: Experiences, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
2002: Nat'e, View2 Gallery, Liverpool
2012-2019: Founder and Director of 5th Base Gallery, London
2015: curator at Krilova Stelfox Gallery, London
2013-2014: curator of 5th Base Film Nights at 5th Base Gallery, London
2010: art director of short fiction film Partygirl (dir James Gutierrez)
2006: artist, restoration of murals at Capilla del Dulce Nombre de la Hermandad de la Veracruz, Seville
2004: leader of art history workshops, Tate Liverpool