Iryna Yermolova

”I moved to the UK is 2005. My background is in graphic design (Art college in Ukraine) and economics (University of Economics, Ukraine), but it was my move to England and certain personal circumstances that inspired me to start painting full time.

I love to paint people. However, my inspiration isn’t a person but the movement, light, composition, or pattern. I like when light disappears and appears when it is not expected. This effect often breaks the anatomical and academic rules, but it can create dramatic effects and help the composition. When I start on a new canvas, I see the composition, main objects, light, and shadow, and only then do I add some details. I love “breathing,” living canvases. And I have to say that I quite often cannot explain how I’ve created the painting. My paint flows, and my fingers (I prefer fingers and a palette knife to brushes) do the work for me.”


Publications and achievements:

– Dorset Life Magazine

– Interview for Artists and Illustrators Magazine

– Interview ‘Iryna Yermolova – Inside the studio’ for Saatchi Art

– Interview for ‘Architectural digest’ US edition

– OX. Oxfordshire’s Finest Magazine. ‘Dream about summer’ painting was chosen as magazine’s front cover

– 1st Prize Winner of the Windsor and Newton Prize for Life Drawing Portrait in 2011. Mall Galleries

Iryna’s works are exhibited by different galleries, including Saatchi Gallery London and Chianchiano Museum, Italy and are in private collections around the world.

Hatch Gallery is the first gallery who represents Iryna’s works in the South-West of England.

Recent Exhibitions:


27-29 Apr, Fresh Art Fair. The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse. Paragon Gallery


9-24 March, Russian Evolution. 5th annual exhibition of original paintings by some of Russia and the UK’s most acclaimed artists. Paragon Gallery

29th Nov – 10th Dec. Royal Institute of Oil Painters 125th Anual Exhibition. Mall Galleries, London

28th Nov – 3rd Dec Art for a Little Brave Heart. Charity exhibition. Rossotrudnichestvo House in London, 37 Kengsington ST, London, W8 5ED


19-22Oct, Battersea AAF, London, Paragon Gallery


Bristol AAF, UK


12th – 14th May Fresh Art Fair, Stand 45, Paragon Gallery


7th April – 1st May Painted Colour Exhibirtion, Bath Contemporary Gallery, UK


The Russian Evolution 2017 Joint Exhibition Paragon Gallery, UK

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