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Signet Contemporary Art London

Anna Sudbina

Anna Sudbina is a contemporary painter whose work combines elements of process-led abstract and figurative art. She trained under Maria Burganova, an esteemed Russian artist in Moscow where, in addition to academic drawing and painting, she studied linguistics, philosophy and psychology. She then moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins and began combining her traditional training with the freedom of abstraction. For many years, Sudbina has worked closely with the world’s leading architects and interior designers. These working environments and experiences greatly inform her outlook, instilling an inclination toward all things high-quality and an artisan aesthetic, a familiarity which is visible in her use of colour, texture and compositions. Sudbina’s paintings are sold internationally and can be found in private collections of the likes of Suzanne Brenner (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Brigitte Stepputtis (Global Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood) and Vincent Fang (multi-Golden Melody Award-nominated lyricist).
I look for poetry in human experience, both personal and shared. The little ordinary moments of anticipation, hope, annoyance, peace. I want to capture a feeling, an emotion superimposed over the brushstrokes. I want you to wonder if perhaps this looks familiar. It is not about the physical likeness but about the essence of a human aspect. The meaning is not prescribed. The process is just as important as the result. Using a brush makes me focus on figurative detail too much, so I paint with small found objects like plastic clothes tags or pieces of card instead. This introduces an element of chance involved in the independent behaviour of materials, a splash of ink or the unpredictability of mixing colours into wet gesso on the canvas. It also creates the closeness between me and the painting which mimics that of process art, building layers not as a painting per se but as a two-dimensional sculpture. I have a terrible memory so I don’t paint from memory, I paint from the loss of it. It is the abstraction of the image that allows me to connect with it and relive the precious fleeting moments. If my work does that for anyone else – I am happy.