Approved: 21.07.2016

Anastasya Martynova

Artist, Maker

Approved: 21.07.2016


My focus is in painting, gilding, woodcarving and sculpture. After a long background in art direction for the BBC, I was drawn away to the world of Fine Art. My passion for traditional skills and craftsmanship has encouraged me to continue to develop my own, contemporary approach to age old techniques.

Recently, I have been particularly focused on developing my own method to surface design,

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Artist Statement


My focus is in painting, gilding, woodcarving and sculpture. After a long background in art direction for the BBC, I was drawn away to the world of Fine Art. My passion for traditional skills and craftsmanship has encouraged me to continue to develop my own, contemporary approach to age old techniques.

Recently, I have been particularly focused on developing my own method to surface design, experimenting with various precious metals, using patinas and pigments on glass and wood. I am interested in the interplay of light, by using gilded elements in my work and the transformational qualities that this has on a space. 

These experiments coupled with an experience where I was in a deep vision state last year, have led me to start a new work in which I attempt to capture the complex essence of what I refer to as “The Shape of God”, whilst simultaneously realising the impossibility of recreating it’s perfection. I believe this project is a lifetime’s worth of trial and error, and ultimately unattainable but hope I will be able to at least capture it’s geometric harmony and provoke a primal feeling of balance. This current work resembles abstracted, modern day icons, radiant with light, designed to be seen not only with bodily eyes but also with the “eye of the heart”. 
 

CV & Education

Commissions:

   •    2016, Trio of gilded glass sacred geometry inspired etchings and triangular abstract stained-glass effect lightbox window commissioned by Blue Tit London for the interior of their new Streatham Salon.

•    2016, Perspex incased 2D bird made from colour human hair and and sacred geometry mural commissioned by Blue Tit London for the interior of their new Brixton Salon.

•    2016 Reverse painted glass panels with white gold and gold leaf accents, to be fitted in a sash window to give a stained glass effect for private residence in Marylebone.

•    2015, Gilded Glass Panels commissioned by Blue Tit London for the interior of their new Brockley Salon.

•    2015, Selection of gilded glass lid boxes for various private clients, London.

•    2015, Carved mannequin arms commissioned by Museea for “Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward”, Liljevalchs, Stockholm.

•    2014, Hand-carved sign for Blue Tit London.

•    2013, Hot air balloon made for Mr Fogg’s Residence, Mayfair.

•    2013, Visual Artist for "A Queen Within - Adorned Artefacts, Fashion and Chess' for World Hall of Fame at Christie's Auction House, New York

•    2012, Finishing and gilding artists for the Spirit of Chartwell for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

 

Exhibitions:

•    2016, London Craft Week, City & Guilds of London Art School, London.

•    2015, Clive Christian - Harrods, London.

•    2014, Drapers' Company 650th Anniversary Fayre, Drapers' Hall, London.

•    2014, Woodcarving and Gilding Degree Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, London.

•    2013, The Lord Mayor's Tree Party, Mansion House, London.

•    2013, Olympia International Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, London.

 

Prizes and Awards:

•    The William Wheeler Prize for Outstanding Work 2014

•    The Drapers’ Company Grinling Gibbons Scholarship 2013

•    The Drapers’ Company Grinling Gibbons Scholarship 2012

•    The Fishmongers Menu Design Competition Winner 2012

•    BBC Visions Design Trainee Scheme Winner 2007

 

Education:

 

Diploma in Ornamental Woodcarving & Gilding - Distinction

City & Guilds of London Art School (2010-2014)

MA Production Design for Film and TV – Distinction

Kingston University (2004-2005)

BA (Hons.) Theatre Design – Merit

Wimbledon School of Art (2001-2004)

 

Other Employment (selected projects):

    •    2016, ART DIRECTOR: 'CASIO TORRO-ROSSO’, advert for Discovery Channel 

    •    2014-2015, ART DIRECTOR & GRAPHICS: ‘W1A’, SERIES 2: comedy for BBC2

    •    2013-2014, ART DIRECTOR & GRAPHICS: ‘W1A’, SERIES 1: comedy for BBC2

    •    2012, ART DIRECTOR: ‘INVESTIGATTORE STEFFANI’, period detective game for iPad, Somethin’ Else

    •    2012, ART DIRECTOR & GRAPHICS: ‘TWENTY TWELVE’, SERIES 2: comedy for BBC2

    •    2012, DESIGN RESEARCHER in MOSCOW: ‘YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK’: period comedy drama for Big Talk/Sky Arts

    •    2011, ART DIRECTOR: ‘SPECSAVERS CRIME THRILLER AWARDS’: awards ceremony for ITV

    •    2011, ART DIRECTOR: ‘BRITAINS BIGGEST LOSER’: reality game show for Shine TV

    •    2011, ART DIRECTOR: ‘MINUTE TO WIN IT’: game show for Channel 5 

    •    2011, ART DIRECTOR & GRAPHICS: ‘TWENTY TWELVE SERIES 2’: comedy drama for BBC Four

    •    2011, STAND-BY ART DIRECTOR & GRAPHICS: 'CHICKENS': period comedy for Channel 4

    •    2011, ART DIRECTOR & GRAPHICS: 'HARRY HILL’S TV BURP SERIES10': comedy for ITV

    •    2010, ART DIRECTOR & GRAPHICS: ‘TWENTY TWELVE’: comedy drama for BBC Four

    •    2010, GRAPHIC DESIGNER: ‘THE ARMSTRONG & MILLER SHOW 3’: comedy sketch show for BBC One

    •    2009-2010, STAND-BY ART DIRECTOR: ‘THAT MITCHELL & WEBB LOOK 4’: comedy sketch show for BBC Two

    •    2009, ART DIRECTOR: ‘THE UMPIRE STRIKES BACK’: sports quiz show for ESPN Classic

    •     2009, PRODUCTION DEISGNER: ‘MANLAND’: short film for Grain Media

    •    STAND-BY ART DIRECTOR: ‘BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE 2’: comedy drama for BBC One

    •    2009, STAND-BY ART DIRECTOR: ‘LIFE BITES’:  situation comedy for Disney/Prism Entertainment

    •    2009, ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR: ‘FREESTYLE’: feature film for Microwave/Film London

    •    2009, ART DIRECTOR: ‘IT’S ONLY A THEORY’: panel show for BBC Four

    •    2009, MODEL/PROP-MAKER: ‘I’VE NEVER SEEN STAR WARS’: comedy chat show for BBC Four