elena kourenkova newspaper article
elena kourenkova newspaper article
Glasgow Herald newspaper article
Evening Times Glasgow article
newspaper article
SECC Glasgow presentation 2015


artist's statement

Born in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Russia, in 1966. Graduated from an Architectural institute in 1989 with a degree in Architecture. Moved to Moscow, where worked as an architect, Moved to Glasgow, UK, in 1996. Self-taught, although studied arts as part of degree as an architect. Exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute, Paisley Art Institute and Aspect Prize Annual exhibitions. Represented by established galleries at the Art Fairs in London, Battersea, Chelsea, Oxford,Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Ireland etc; Have works in private and corporate collections throughout the UK, Australia, USA, Greece, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Russia. There were a number of articles in local and national press concerning my work and images had appeared in the TV Channel 4 Grand Design. Works exhibited in established galleries throughout the UK.

Selected galleries and exhibitions:
Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art

RGI Kelly gallery
Paisley Art Institute and Aspect Prize
Home and Interiors Exhibitions, SECC Glasgow

Affordable Art Fairs London,Battersea,Oxford,Glasgow (GAF), Chelsea, Birmingham, Aberdeen

First Contemporary Art Fairs Edinburgh
Karen Tailor Contemporary Fine Art, Twickenham, London

Colomb Art Gallery, Marylebone, London
Enid Lawson Gallery, London

Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff

Regent Gallery, Somerset, Weston-super-Mare

Rowan Gallery, Drymen, Loch Lomond and Helensburh

Christo's Gallery, Glasgow
Arteries Gallery, Glasgow

ArtForum Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow

The Annan Gallery, Glasgow, West End

McGregor Fine Art, Glasgow
Scotlandart.com, Edinburgh and Glasgow

The Sun Gallery, Newburgh,Fife
Hanover Fine Art, Edinburgh

Westminster Gallery, London

Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh

Gallery Luti, Callander

Tolquhon gallery, by Tarves, Aberdeenshire

The Jerdan Gallery, Crail
Tartan Gallery, Edinburgh

Alpha art, Edinburgh

Dancing Light Gallery, West Linton

Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan

Devorgilla Gallery, Dumfries

Tony Higgins Haig Gallery , Kelso

The Storm Studies Gallery, Moffat

High Street Gallery, Kirkudbright

Frameworks Gallery, Troon
Macmillans Cancer Relief Charity Exhibition, Glasgow and Edinburgh
Hancel Foundation Art Auctions

Retail Trust Charity Exhibition, Glasgow
Marie Curie Cancer Relief Charity Auction
The Preshal Trust Charity Auction
Children's First Charity Auction

University of Glasgow CHAS and Cancer research Charity Exhibition and Auction

Auction Sale in Aid of Yorkhill Childrens' Hospital

Castle Gallery, Inverness

Sable&Ox gallery,York
Frames Gallery, Artesan Gallery, Perth, and Perth Festival
Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
Tracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow
The Queens Road Gallery, Aberdeen
e-gallery, Bearsden,
Spring Art Fair, Sweden


Growing up under the authoritarian Soviet regime, when ordinary Russians had to wear that drab look of obedience and self-suppression, I had always wanted  to escape from that total uniformity and find the way to express my vision of life in a different way, reflecting happier, funnier side of everyday life.

We are all too busy with everyday life, we see things but don't always notice. My subjects live amongst us, they are what they are and they dont take themselves too seriously. They are us-recognizable in every situation. We see one thing but they tell us another. Like many things in life-things are not always the way they seem.  
   I want to provoke a comment, a reaction, an emotion. I want to make you smile.


My subjects are loosely based on own experiences and observation of life-but it is not a mirror image or a parody. They might at times seem emotionally isolated, even when they are clustered in groups, but they  are not lacking emotions, they only express them in their own way, and are not shy to be different. They dont critisize or impose their point of view and don't depend on what anyone thinks of them. They live and let live and they do not take themselves too seriously.

I paint or draw every day, but it's not all work and no play. Little spare time that I have is taken over by music and dance which has a big influence on my work. It's all rock-n-roll, jump jive, west coast swing, 1950s R&B, rockabilly etc-all things 1920-1950s..Performed at several events-Help for Heroes show at the  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow; Victory Day Show at City Council Chambers; various supporting acts and  fundraising events etc.