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.
In 2019 Diana Krilova became fellow of Royal Geographic Society and is in now working on Whisper from the North project, an expedition to Karelia (birth land of her grandmother, North Russia, boarder of Finland and White sea). This project aims to document in film, photography, live drawings and painting the dying cultural heritage and eco-system of this hardly known location.
Diana lives in East Sussex (UK) with her husband and two children