Ksenya Istomina

Female Mastery

May 2 to June 14, 2020

Svetlana Tartakovska, Daniela Astone and Ksenya Istomina

Due to the RIVM guidelines no organized opening with music, unfortunately, the exhibition can be seen in the gallery from Saturday May 2.

If you want to see the paintings earlier, you can. Call or email for an appointment!

Galerie Bonnard in Nuenen has its roots in Classical Visual Arts, the entire collection is based on this. Whether it concerns Street Art duo ‘Studio Toxic’, painters Mitzy Renooy, Hans Versfelt, Rutger Hiemstra, graphic artists such as Charles Donker and Siemen Dijkstra or sculptors such as Wim van der Kant and Antoinette Briet, they all indicate independently how important to them is the Classical education and the history of art. It is the foundation of their work.


The diverse collection of Galerie Bonnard shows that this solid foundation leads to great expression, diversity and high quality of the artworks. These three concepts are at the top for Gallery owners René Renders and David van der Linden when putting together the exhibition calendar.


Female Mastership

The three female artists in the exhibition “Female Mastery” (Due to the international character of the exhibition the English title “Female Mastery” is used) come from Classical Academies in Florence, St. Petersburg and Groningen.

Ksenya Istomina lives and works in Saint Petersburg. She graduated from St Petersburg’s acclaimed Imperial Academy of Arts in 2018, with high praise from her teachers. Gallery owner David van der Linden attended this graduation and thanks to the translation of a Finnish student, he was able to follow the compliments of the teachers about the young, hardworking talent Ksenya Istomina. It was no coincidence that David van der Linden attended masterclasses in the summer months together with eleven other students from all over the world, possibly at the most famous art academy in the world. To the teaching method and curriculum (compulsory

teaching material) of the academy has hardly changed since its foundation around 1750. The academy, with hundreds of studios and studios in it, is immense, and everything on display exudes history and an all-encompassing love for the visual arts. Ilya Repin had his own studio there and taught there, and the museum’s museum features work by many famous students.

Dreamy and soft

Taking lessons here, ‘being here’, was a wish for David van der Linden, now a graduate but still a student at the Classical Academy in Groningen. As a gallery owner, there was a desire to view Ksenya Istomina and work by some other artists and possibly bring it to the Netherlands. Thanks to Instagram, the work of Ksenya Istomina is known worldwide. Many tens of thousands follow the Russian artist via Instagram, Facebook and other platforms on social media.

The style that Ksenya Istomina shows in her work can be described as dreamy and soft. Her paintings – smoothly painted with a virtuoso touch – show ultimate mastery of form. Her paintings show a reality reminiscent of a calm and peaceful world. They whisper and relax. Her models, painted to life, appear quiet and dreamy. In the works in which Ksenya portrays herself, we see her completely in a world of her own, between her things or looking down in her mind.

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