Elegant Oil Paintings Capture the Ethereal Beauty of Massive Pastel Flowers

Paintings by Ira Volkova

Everyone loves to receive a bouquet of fresh flowers, but how often do we pay attention to their finer details? Ukrainian artist Ira Volkova makes it easier to study the delicate structures of petals in her massive floral oil paintings. She captures a variety of pastel-colored blossoms with masterful precision.

Based in Kyiv, Volkova received formal training in painting at the Kyiv National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Since that time, she has developed her professional practice by creating large-scale depictions of beautiful blooms. These paintings typically feature a couple of flowers clad in delicate, sugary hues and placed against an abstract background that emphasizes their fragility. “Each of my paintings is of the ideal,” Volkova says.

Volkova also uses flowers in expressive portrait paintings. She combines her expertise in rendering plant life with realistic human figures, placing the blossoms in front of the person's face. This both obscures the identity of the sitter and envelopes them in a beguiling natural mystique.

Scroll down to see more amazing paintings by Volkova, and follow the artist on Instagram to keep up to date with her latest creations.

Ukrainian artist Ira Volkova creates ethereal large-scale oil paintings of different kinds of flowers.

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Watch these videos for insight into Volkova's creative process:

 

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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