There is seemingly no limit to the talent and imagination of Georgian born Irma Gelantia. Having trained formally, she now sets about creating a varied and interesting collection of work that should keep any inquisitive viewer occupied for a long while. Whether she is creating unique and creative still life paintings, monumental murals depicting folksy sensibilities or large scale surreal works, she shows the viewer snapshots of an agile imagination and skilful hand. Whereas some artists find a formula and stick to it, Gelantia uses her style in many different ways to create paintings which are thematically different but stylistically linked. Whatever she turns her hand to, the viewer can recognise that the work is from the hand of Gelantia.
The huge, eighty inch wide epic painting titled Song is a truly impressive work that would take pride of place in the home or office of the right collector. Its mammoth size should not deter from the wonderful details that make the piece come alive; the shining, staring eyes, the harmony of blues, yellows and whites as well as the symmetry of the figures. If you do not have the space for such a piece, how about the charmingly designed Dancing? Figures swirl themselves in a smoke-ring conga line, clearly enjoying the festivities of life to the max. More subtle is the black and white Flirtation, a work in which the emotion is merely suggested, creating an intriguing scenario of leaning lovers, hanging on in anticipation of a kiss. If beautiful still life paintings are more to your taste, Gelantia creates warm and inviting works that contain enough expression to create interest, whilst still managing to produce traditionally inspired work. Because she offers a little something to suit each person, we are proud to give Irma Gelantia the artist of the week award.