On Thursday, May 5th, I attended the free preview of the Affordable Art Fair in New York City. The initiative of the fair is to showcase the works of young and more seasoned artists worldwide to the public in a marketplace setting. The site of the event was 7 West 34th Street, across from the world famous Empire State Building. I arrived around 7 PM with my friend Sean who informed me of the fair and the participation of his artist friend Ekaterina Smirnova. I had previously met Ekaterina at a showing of her watercolor works a few years back, and was interested to see her new pieces. Upon arrival, the environment was bustling with people trying to see all they can in two hours, which I enjoyed because there was great excitement and energy in the air. We shuffled through the crowd to meet Ekaterina at booth C11 where she was exhibiting with the Art Students League of New York. It was great to see her again, and chat it up in her element. My favorite piece was “My Journey Begins” which is in the photo above. I love the emotion that is depicted through her use of color and scenery, that you can feel without there being a human figure in the painting. Ekaterina, originally from Siberia, Russia, embarked upon her art career at the tender age of eight, studying watercolors in art school. Over the years, she has continued to work with watercolors, along with other disciplines including etching and graphic design. The photo below is of two more watercolor pieces that were featured at the fair.
I believe Ekaterina Smirnova is definitely an artist to watch. Now residing in Brooklyn, she exhibits a lot in the New York area. You can read more about her on her website “Katastrophe” which features her bio, various portfolios, and contact information. Keep her on your radar, and I will be looking out for you at the next show!