British Portraits – Russian Landscape in St Leonards exhibition

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Venue Artistic Director Olga Mamonova said: “This year’s winter exhibition is Russell Baker’s new series of portraits of the creators of St. Leonards / Hastings and friends of Kino-Teatr exhibiting alongside various landscapes of 20th century Russia. Almost 40 portraits of local artists, designers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, lawyers, traders and entrepreneurs who enjoy visiting Kino-Teatr as a place with strong Russian cultural ties, will be exhibited in our gallery upstairs.

Olga has curated Russian and British art exhibitions in Moscow and London, and artist Russell Baker has run galleries in the UK and America, including an art print studio. He is a landscape painter who specialized in icebergs and images of the Far North: “In recent years, Kino-Teatr has organized several exhibitions which linked Russia and Great Britain: an exhibition by the Russian artist / British Oleg Prokofiev (1928- 1998); photographs of the Russian Far North by the famous British photographer Simon Roberts; landscapes of Rostislav Romanoff – a Sussex artist of Russian Romanov origin; and an exhibition of Fire and Ice paintings and photographs, where paintings of icebergs coexisted with local artist Chloe Dewe Mathews’ photographs taken in Russia.

“Last year’s exhibition at the Baker Mamonova Gallery – The Portrait: Tradition and Modernity – Portraits of Local, International and Russian Artists, reinforced this intimate connection between the local creative spirit and the vast inspiring landscapes of the Russia, the landscapes which, for many years, have been the heart of this gallery.

“Russell Baker, originally from Lancaster and having studied at the Slade School of Art in London, has lived in St Leonards for 27 years. Having worked on snow landscapes for 15 years, Russell took a short break to produce this series of portraits in the upstairs gallery, transforming the area into a creative and open studio space.

The exhibition continues until January 30.

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