Friday, September 21, 2018

Artist Lyudmila Agrich Returns to Mirada for 'Impressionable' Exhibition

Russian-born artist Lyudmila Agrich includes us all in her visual diary.

By Jan Thompson

Artist Lyudmila Agrich returns to Mirada Fine Art for her new 'Impressionable' exhibition.

A childhood spent in the beautiful seaside city of Odessa, Ukraine, has had a lifelong influence on artist Lyudmila Agrich.  Lush and luminous canvases have become her trademark, capturing the very light that entranced her as a child.  Her newest work, to be unveiled at Mirada Fine Art on October 8th, once again reveals the mastery of her craft.  Entitled “Impressionable: A Visual Journey,” the collection of paintings allows us to join Agrich along this wondrous artistic path.

Lyudmila Agrich at Mirada Fine Art,
Nocturnal Etude, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 30"

The journey Lyudmila Agrich took to arrive at this point in her life has not always been easy.  Many years spent in the Odessa School of Fine Arts as a child and a Bachelors degree in Architecture and Fine Arts helped perfect her instinctual artistic talent.  After practicing Architecture in the Ukraine for a few years, Lyudmila literally won the lottery, the Diversity Visa Lottery (or green card lottery), allowing her and several members of the family to move to the U.S. in 1992.  Her husband was not as fortunate, spending time in a refugee camp before being allowed to join his wife here.  Throughout both success and tribulations, however, art has been a constant in Agrich’s life.  Settling in Denver, she pursued her career in Architecture for a few years. In 2001 Lyudmila decided to replace her drafting board, and devote herself to painting full-time.  For her, painting is not a job, a career, or even a choice.  She cannot fathom not answering the call of Art.

Lyudmila Agrich at Mirada Fine Art, 'Street Tango,'
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 24"

Frustrated by the limitations of a paintbrush, today Agrich’s tool of choice is a palette knife. This allows her to thickly apply lush color, imparting her hallmark impressionist glow.  Pictorial travels through radiant cityscapes, fields of flowers and seaside sunsets are captured with this layered application of color.  The newest collection of work not only evokes Lyudmila’s physical and emotional travels, but also allows viewers to recall their own.  Influenced by the music that always accompanies her while painting, Agrich strives to impart particular emotion onto each canvas.  And while undeniably beautiful, her work is meant to be much more.  “I want my paintings to be more than just pretty,” Agrich states. “The feeling I’m painting is as important as the scene I’m painting.”  She has been hugely successful at capturing that feeling on canvas.  Viewers of her work at Mirada Fine Art regularly exclaim how a particular painting reminds them of not only a location they’ve been to, but also brings them back to that moment, and exactly how they felt then, recalling their own personal journeys.

Lyudmila Agrich, 'Autumn Park,' Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36"

A reception with Lyudmila Agrich will be held on Friday, October 5 from 6-9pm at Mirada Fine Art Gallery.  The exhibit will run from October 6 – November 4.  Located just west of Denver in Indian Hills, quickly and easily accessible from most Denver metro neighborhoods, the gallery is on Parmalee Gulch Road off Hwy 285, five miles west of C-470. 

Lyudmila Agrich, 'Sunny Field,' Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48"

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