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Biography

Alla Broeksmit

Painter

Alla Broeksmit

Alla Broeksmit was born in the Ukraine. Her childhood memories growing up in Kiev have always played a strong role in her art. After emigrating from the Soviet Union, she began to approach art more deliberately, first practicing life drawing and then enrolling in formal art training at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. After moving to London in 1997 she co-founded the Lots Road Group. Alla received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Studio School in 2017 and is currently studying at the Slade School of Fine Art. Her painting “Midway” is included in “The Screen Show,” an exhibition opening next year at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, U.S.A.

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About Alla

Alla Broeksmit, born in Ukraine, lives and works
between London, New York, and Maine.

My paintings, large-scale oil and pigment on canvas, come from a leap of faith, a dreamlike process.  Symbols central to my Russian / Ukrainian heritage, and coded symbols of family and personal loss, covered and revealed through painterly brushwork, combine to create a dreamlike world that reveals itself to me. Each painting is a surprising journey.  Through these symbols, their manifestation in paint, in combinations confined by the rectangle, mirror my interior, my spirit and experience.

 

Memories include the golden domes of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev, the metallic foliage of the Secession Building in Vienna, and the placid calm of Monet’s lily garden in Giverny. I weave these symbols together to create dreamlike and spiritual compositions. In my paintings I create a dialogue between past and present across imaginary landscapes. The ghostlike images appear and disappear as though in a liminal space.

 

I mix my own pigments and apply them in thin layers to emulate the appearance of the frescoes which I vividly remember seeing in my childhood. I like to experiment with viscosity and texture of the paint. My process involves creating linocuts which I then print onto linen. I vary the texture and thickness of the paint which adds an element of chance during the printing process.

 

The repetition in my work is inspired by chanting, an ancient practice which crosses cultures, both Eastern and Western. In the context of visual culture, the repetition acts as a reflection upon the aspects of visual memory that make up my narrative. The multi-paneled works emulate the repetition of panels in Eastern Orthodox altarpieces.

 

My current body of work uses a more limited palette of blues, greys and blacks. The iridescent pigments refract light based on the viewer’s position in relation to the light source. This draw attention to the physical phenomena associated with perception.

 

As George Herbet wrote in The Elixir, “A man that looks on glass, On it may stay his eye; Or if he pleaseth, through it pass, And then the heaven espy”.

Slade Affiliate Studies   

Completed certification at Slade Affiliate Studies.

Post Grad NYSS

Completed certification at the New York Studio School.

Master of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in painting at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (Class of 2017).

Heatherley’s Diploma

Alla was awarded the Heatherley’s Diploma and Post Diploma in Portraiture (2012 and 2013 respectively).

Portrait Painters

A. Broeksmit is one of the founding members of The Lots Road Group, an association of portrait painters which curate exhibitions.

Interior Design

Her background in interior design, coupled with her association with art institutions, have allowed her to develop her artistic eye.