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Katya Gridneva (b.1965) - 2008 Oil - The Ringmaster



A striking contemporary oil scene showing a young woman training two majestic tigers in a circus. The woman has her back to the viewer and is in semi darkness, the light focusing our attention on the beauty and ferocity of the two tigers. The artist has signed and dated to the lower right and the painting is on canvas over stretchers. On canvas.


There is some wear to the paint at the outer edges of the canvas. The painting is in otherwise fine condition.


70 x 85cm (27.6" x 33.5")

Artist Biography

Katya Gridneva was born in 1965 in the Ukraine. As a child she loved to draw and paint, but this talent was set aside when she was selected to be a gymnast at one of Russia’s prestigious Sports Schools. This career came to an abrupt end when she was injured in a fall from the bar. Her significant artistic talent was recognised by her acceptance in 1993 to the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

Best known for her figurative pastel works, several of Katya’s models are renowned ballerinas from the world famous Kirov company and Marrinsky Theatre. Katya won first prize for her portraits at the end of her first year of studies in 1994. Since completing her studies in St. Petersburg she has exhibited widely in Great Britain, exhibiting with the Royal Pastel Society at the Mall Gallery and the Alberti Gallery in at many of London’ Art Fairs and in the USA.

1991 attended drawing classes in St.-Petersburg Academy of Arts.1993-1999 studied in portrait studio in St.-Petersburg Academy of Arts.Since 1999 lives and works in the UK.2000 – 2002 Artist Resident Highclere Castle

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Code rd111
Date 2008
Dimensions 70 x 85cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Animals
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