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Flowers and Fruits - Portraits by Mariya McAllister

Runs until Wednesday, 24 April 2024 (See all dates)

10:00 - 17:00
Old Grocery, Colchester, CO7 9AZ

Immerse yourself in the magical world of flowers and fruits, where each canvas
strives to preserve nature's wonders.

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Indulge in a visual feast as Mariya McAllister, an accomplished artist from Clacton on Sea, presents her solo exhibition, "Flowers and Fruits - Portraits," at Old Grocery Art Space from 19th to 24th of April, 2024. This enchanting collection, immersed in the essence of British flora, invites you to delve into a world of vibrant colours and meticulous details.

As a lover of nature, Mariya finds inspiration in the natural wonders surrounding her – be it the allure of a delicate flower, the richness of fruits, or the enchanting landscapes. Harnessing the dynamic medium of acrylics, Mariya breathes life into her canvases, crafting harmonious and vibrant compositions. The exploration of contrasting colours, textures, and light results in works that verge on photo-realism. Every brushstroke seeks to encapsulate the intricacies of the subject, inviting viewers into a world where nature's wonders are frozen in time.

"My favourite memories from childhood are of nature walks in the parks and drawing. I would collect different items if their texture, shapes or colours would strike me as unique: for example pine cones, leaves, conkers, rocks, fruits and flowers. My pockets were always full when I came home. After arranging flowers in a vase, I would be watching them everyday and feel sad when they start to fade away. I suppose it was this love of nature and my desire to preserve the beauty around me that led me to painting."

A turning point in Mariya's life occurred during the challenging year of 2022, marked by her father's serious stroke and the turmoil in her birth country, Ukraine. Confronted with the fragility of life, Mariya discovered solace and purpose in her art. Leaving behind a successful career in graphic design, she embraced the roles of a full-time artist and art teacher, fuelled by a desire to spread happiness and love of nature through her creative expressions.

Mariya warmly invites you to join this celebration of nature's beauty at Old Grocery Art Space. Immerse yourself in the magical world of flowers and fruits, where each canvas
strives to preserve nature's wonders.


Old Grocery
48 High St, Wivenhoe

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