1974 · Russian Federation
Ovchinnikova Alexandra is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Russian Federation, like other renowned artists such as Marakulina Asya, Alexej Von Jawlensky, B.O.G., Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, and Dasha Tolstikova. Ovchinnikova Alexandra was born in 1974.
About Ovchinnikova Alexandra's works
Ovchinnikova Alexandra is a prominent figure within the fields of Expressionism and Abstraction. While Expressionism is typically more representative of an international tendency rather than a coherent art movement, its essence can be grounded in a longing from the artists to define and express their emotions, rather than just give a representation of reality. In Expressionist paintings, the brushwork is often liberated and uncontrolled, as to transpire the artist’s inner emotions, while an emphasis is put on textures and intense colours come into play, thus permitting art to be rewritten and convey the message the expressionist artist is trying to deliver. Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream is highly representative of Expressionism, as it strongly illustrates the artist’s feeling of deep angst and alienation.
Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main features have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly significant in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.
Ovchinnikova Alexandra in private collections
Further Biographical Context for Ovchinnikova Alexandra
Born in 1974, Ovchinnikova Alexandra's creative work was largely inspired by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this agenda.