Gallery Elena Shchukina: a new, immersive environment for art and design
Opening 24 September 2013
Artist and curator Elena Shchukina is launching an eponymous space in Mayfair this September that
will challenge the traditional gallery format.
Painting, furniture, lighting, objets and wall coverings will be in dialogue, to create an immersive
aesthetic environment ‐ a revolutionary gallery experience. Painting will take the lead, setting the
tone for the interior design and furnishings. Shchukina’s personal interest in painting and her belief
in the power of art to inspire a room setting, are the guiding principles.
"I want visitors to Gallery Elena Shchukina to feel almost as though they are stepping into a painting
when they come here", says Shchukina, who studied interior design in Moscow, Milan and London.
"We are going to work with contemporary designers who will take their cue from the artists with
whom we work to create furniture, rugs, lighting and even jewellery that will all complement and
reflect the paintings that we show. My idea is to create holistic environments that are inspiring,
creative rooms that become perfect living spaces; places that are uplifting, yet also make you feel
comfortable, and ‘at home’."
The first artist to show in the space will be Onyeka Ibe. Now an internationally recognised artist, Ibe
grew up during the unrest that followed the end of the Nigerian civil war. In his formative years he
experienced periods of intense violence that beset the floundering democracy. He realised that his
art could take two paths ‐ either to rail against dehumanizing situations or to capture elements of
humanity in his work. His work reflects the latter: Ibe’s portraits, landscapes and still lifes are quiet
and reflective, meditative blocks of richly coloured paint. He achieved success early in his career,
exhibiting at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Lagos at 16. His work features in international
collections and he currently resides in New York.
Ibe's work will be shown alongside beautifully‐crafted furniture and rugs that echo the palette and
structure of his paintings, to create a unique and complete living space.
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Onyeka Ibe: Interactive Spaces
24 September – 9 November 2013
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday – 9.30am – 6pm
Gallery Elena Shchukina
10 Lees Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 6LL
Telephone: 0207 499 6019
Nearest tube stations: Marble Arch, Bond Street
Elena Shchukina was born and raised in Siberia. She successfully completed a law degree at
Moscow Law State Academy before deciding to pursue her passion for art and design by studying at
the Moscow Design School. The course involved periods of study in London and at the prestigious
Instituto Marangoni in Milan, where she was inspired to start experimenting with furniture‐making
and painting herself. Part of the course requirement was to create themed environments, proposals
for interiors where all the elements – art, furniture, wall coverings, floors and objects – would come
together to create a harmonious whole. This sparked Elena’s imagination and she began to think
about creating a new kind of gallery, one that, rather than showing art in a traditional ‘white cube’
format, would instead create a living space filled with painting, sculpture, furniture, objets and even
Moving to London in 2009, she completed a course at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and then began
researching how best to create the new gallery concept. She visited art fairs and degree shows to
discover uplifting work, focusing on artists and makers who show a mastery of their medium, who
create vibrant pieces that bring a room or environment to life. During this research she met royal
portraitist Zohar Israel, with whom she now studies painting. Colour and energy are all‐important to
her and the paintings, objects and furniture that will be displayed at Gallery Elena Schukina will
reflect this infectious verve for living.