Born in Russia, Ekaterina Ermilkina now lives and works in New Jersey. She grew up in the beautiful city of Yalta on the North coast of the Black Sea, where in 1985 she enrolled as a student to the School of Art of F.Vasiliev, graduating in 1991. After her first introduction to fine art in Yalta, in 1992, Ekaterina Ermilkina moved to Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 1998 she received her MFA from State Art and Industry Academy. The unique beauty and rich culture of the city inspired her to paint cityscapes. In late 2005, Ermilkina moved to the U.S. Her artworks have been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in international galleries and museum like The New York Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hunter Museum of American Art, Artspace Warehouse Los Angeles, David Parker NYC, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery Philadelphia, Art Leaders Michigan, Kunstwarenhaus Zurich, Art & Lef Netherlands, RFA Decor Florida, Neiman Marcus etc. Notable collectors include Kelly Clarkson, Los Angeles, CA, Bruno Jovanovic, France. Her dynamic artworks vibrate with color and motion, casting a candied haze across the cityscape. Ekaterina Ermilkina’s original abstract fine art paintings are created using a skillful combination of applying and removing oil paint with a palette knife on canvas. Her inspirations are the expressionistic magic skylines of big cities like Manhattan, Philadelphia, or Chicago filled with colorful skyscrapers. The urban scenic views are abstracted and rich with vivid and textured layers. Ermilkina’s emotional architectural patchwork and mosaic cityscapes radiate a life of balance and positive energy.
Statement: I cannot remember a time in my life before I was a painter. Architecture first drew me in and became a subject of my painting while attending graduate school. During my subsequent travels throughout Europe, I was awakened to the history that buildings carry with them, and the way past and present are in dialogue with each other within a structure. When I first came to the U.S., it seemed that everything about the architecture was completely new - and, by extension, the sense of history and culture, and what the buildings had to say. It was impossible to continue working in quite the same way. The experience of seeing skyscrapers for the first time had an enormous imaginative impact, and the effects continue to reverberate in my work, both in its content and in my evolving technique. The modernist style of the buildings seemed to demand a more modernist artistic approach, and I was inspired to create the “Urban Series”. Here, my paintings began to be more abstract. My medium is oil on canvas, and working with color and texture is an ongoing exploration. Modern pointillism has been a revelation for me. Using a palette knife, I apply distinct dots of color and build a pattern, which ultimately is only seen as a pattern when the dots are blended in the eye and mind of the viewer, from a distance. Stippling is very time-consuming, but allows such subtle gradation of color, depending on how far apart the dots are placed, and creates great depth and dimension. I love how these techniques can be so expressive; how the textures allow me to convey, for example, the inner life of a building. Capturing the interior nature of subject matter that may seem, on its surface, prosaic and everyday is what I am after. Exhibitions: 2019 Leo House, Chelsea, New York City 2019 David Parker Gallery, New York City 2019 High Point Market, North Carolina 2018 Six Summit Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida 2018 The Hunter Museum of American Art, TN 2018 The New York Museum of Contemporary Art, NY 2018 High Point Market, North Carolina 2018 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY 2018 aMuse, Philadelphia PA 2018 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong 2018 Artspace Warehouse Gallery, Los Angeles 2018 Gallery 104, New York, NY 2018 Discovery in the Details, SMI, Montclair NJ 2018 Windows, SMI, Montclair NJ 2018 State of the Art, Montclair NJ 2018 Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2018 Art Leaders Gallery, Michigan 2018 RFA Decor, Boca Raton, Florida
2017 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY 2017 Neiman Marcus & Horchow. 2017 RFA Decor, Boca Raton, Florida 2017 High Point Market, North Carolina 2017 Kölner Liste - Contemporary Art Fair, Köln, Germany by ART & LEF Gallery 2017 New York Fashion Week Show curating by Six Summit Gallery, NYC 2017 Artspace Warehouse Gallery, Los Angeles 2017 Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2017 Art Leaders Gallery, Michigan 2016 Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam 2016 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong 2016 Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY 2016 Kunstwarenhaus Gallery Zürich, Switzerland 2016 ART & LEF Gallery, Groningen, Netherlands 2016 Love Park, Philadelphia, PA 2016 Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2016 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2016 Art Leaders Gallery, Michigan 2015 Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2015 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2015 Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2015 Art Leaders Gallery, MI 2015 Art Design Consultants Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2015 Dorma Design Center New York City, NY 2015 Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA 2015 Love Art Fair Toronto, Canada 2015 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY 2015 Berkshire Real Estate Art Gallery, Livingston, NJ 2015 ACL Gallery, Livingston NJ 2014 Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2014 The Barn Theatre, Montville, NJ 2014 Spectrum Art Fair, Miami, FL 2014 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2013 Saatchi Screen Project, London, UK 2012 Artexpo, New York, NY 2012 Paintbox Soho Gallery, New York, NY 2012 The Barn Theatre, Montville, NJ 2011 Studio Montclair Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ 2011 Summer Salon 13th Anniversary, Montclair, NJ 2010 Chekhov House & Museum, Yalta, Crimea