A contemporary extension of 700 years of European artistic tradition:
Your personal introduction to classical artisan. . .
There would be few artists active in Australia today with the depth of understanding, connection and passion for the traditional European Masters as acclaimed Sunshine Coast artist Anna Rubin.
To observe and reflect on her latest works is to step back in time and experience a world far removed from our own. Just imagine that the printing press has only just been developed, the photographic process is still 500 years away, and there is no concept of mass media.
In this lost world, artists work by sunlight or candlelight, labouring to faithfully replicate the still life images before them, capturing on parchment or canvas a record of European life that spans some 700 years.
The artistic integrity of this period of classical realism endures in Anna’s meticulous works, as she draws from her personal history, multicultural experiences and reflections to capture real life subjects in the Dutch School manner.
A fourth generation Muscovite, Anna was born in Moscow, Russia. Her mother was a writer of children’s educational programs. Her father, an engineer, died in a car accident when Anna was small. In his absence, her grandfather provided the foundations for a lifetime passion for fine art by taking Anna to visit many museums and exhibitions in Moscow from the age of five. He also introduced Anna to drawing and the method of Aquarelle.
Art is in Anna’s genes. Her great grandfather was Sava Nikitin – a 19th century monk in the Novodevitchev Monastery, a restaurateur and a painter of Russian orthodox icons and wall paintings.
Throughout her formative school years, Anna attended music school, studying classical piano and voice training. Although her love of art was fostered from a young age, Anna was not confident enough in her own abilities to apply for Surikov Art Academia, and so did not pursue a traditional education in fine art.
Anna was always fascinated by the works of Russian artists such as Repin, Rublew, Vosnetzow, Vereshagin (18-19th century). She was also significantly influenced by old Masters from the Dutch school, in Italy and France.
Rather than pursuing esoteric art or music studies, Anna followed her family’s preferred pathway and won a scholarship to study Business Administration at Moscow States University. She later continued her studies at Germany’s Düsseldorf University to complete her MBA.
Anna’s artistic aspirations continued smouldering while she created a business in restoring and renovating European heritage manors, based from Germany. Anna’s work extended to architectural and interior design for period properties throughout Europe, while extensive travel during this period afforded her the opportunity to also explore and study art collections across the European continent.
In 2002, Anna moved to Australia and turned her eye for detail and ability to focus on projects to at last pursue a lifelong passion for painting. Moved by memories, emotions and a need to express her feelings, Anna completed a series of works in oil on canvas in 2002.
In 2004, Anna started painting in the Old Masters technique, following artistic traditions dating back centuries. Rather than compromise tradition and artistic integrity for commercial opportunism, Anna has steadfastly remained true to the style, persisting in the creation of artwork that accurately reflects her European roots, interpreted with breathtaking 21st century realism. Anna often labours over each painting for up to eight weeks to achieve a result that cannot be replicated by modern methods of mass production.
This authenticity has simply accelerated her commercial success. Her first paintings were sold to different private collections in Queensland, Australia in April 2005.
Anna’s first solo show opened in February 2006 and quickly sold out to numerous collectors in Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
The second solo show of her collection “Les Objets d’Amour” sold out in February 2008 at Richard Martin Art Gallery in Sydney, Woollahra.
Later that same year Anna accepted an offer to produce limited editions of prints of her various sold artworks, which enabled patrons who missed out on original or couldn’t finance the purchase to also collect a few, rare pieces.
Anna’s début in Australia’s secondary art market was also extraordinary, as one of her earlier works “Pisces from Reef” (2004) sold over the price estimate at the “Deutscher & Menzies Art Auction” in Sydney in June 2008.
Anna’s works have continued to prove that high quality art performs despite financially challenging circumstances. Anna’s artwork “Plaisir de Liberté” successfully sold over the price estimate at the “Deutscher & Menzies Art Auction” in Sydney in June 2009. The uniqueness and excellent quality of Anna’s artwork has seen values rise between 50% to 100% since 2005 – and the reality is that her artistic journey has only just begun.
While reflecting icons and styles of a bygone era, Anna’s works also exude a uniquely contemporary flavour – blurring the boundaries between multiple generations. Broadly educated and well travelled, fluent in multiple languages, a talented pianist and singer, a gifted artist and a beautiful soul; Anna Rubin offers a perspective extraordinarily rare in Australia. Her unique and colourful history and her multi-faceted talent make Anna’s artwork rich in depth and integrity, and immensely collectible.
A personal comment by Anna Rubin . . .
From a very young age, I have been aware of a burning inner desire to become a fine artist.
For much of my life I followed the family’s wishes and pursued a traditional business focused pathway, yet I continued to keenly observe and learn aesthetic elements in parallel, following my dream of one day pursuing my passion for art.
Inspired by Europe’s rich history and traditions, I have enjoyed sharing a journey of discovery with fellow artisans who have pushed me to explore the infinite dimensions of creative endeavour.
Adding to the richness of my life experience, I had the rare privilege of ten years specialising in the restoration / renovation of heritage manors throughout Germany, France, Holland and Belgium, working in the fields of architecture, interior design planning and concept development.
The freedom of traveling enabled me to see exceptional masterpieces in many European Museums and collections, creating a lifelong memory bank of unforgettable impressions and a genuine passion for the beautiful, highly aesthetic and conscientious works of old Masters.
Moving to Australia supported the opportunity to pursue my artistic aspirations full time and enter the next chapter of my personal journey. Now, in 2016, I am ready to commence yet another stage in my journey as my work evolves.
My personal mission is to see, and to help others to see the beauty in everything. I observe, and encourage others to observe, and find again and again pleasure and something new in the objects within my art.
Quality and excellence takes time – the most precious of all our resources. Throughout my life journey, I have developed a deep appreciation for extraordinary commitment, passion and skill; the extra effort that the most dedicated artists undertake to transform everyday pleasures into extraordinary moments . . .
The violin talents of virtuosos such as Vivaldi and Paganini . . .
The beauty and sophistication of haute couture . . .
An exclusive dinner in good company with hand-picked truffles and aged wines…
So too with my artwork . . . there may be many ways to cut corners to achieve a similar, but compromised result, and I consciously choose to avoid modern remedies, tricks and tactics. Every detail has to be thought through in minute detail. It is the hundreds of hours invested into every piece that ultimately makes each work unique, transforming it into an event for the purchaser.
My intention is to be generous with my emotions, imagination, talent and effort through my painting. I aim to use my passion, talent and skill to enrich the lives of others by creating beautiful handcrafted pieces for others to enjoy and keep for generations. . . contemporary classical artwork based on the timeless traditions of the European Masters.