ICONS in Transformation Art Exhibit Opens at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in St Petersburg, FL
International Artist to Present Modern Take on Traditional Russian Icons
The exhibit will introduce Pawlowska's work and shed new light on this prolific and influential artist who presents traditional Russian icons as a source of inspiration for contemporary art. The exhibition opened on November 24, 2019 and will run through February 9, 2020 in St Petersburg, Florida.
The ICONS in Transformation exhibit features paintings created by Pawlowska over a decade. She began creating the "icons" after the sudden death of her mother. She found comfort recalling the icons she had seen in Russia monasteries and worked through her grief through her own artwork.
Over her long and distinguished career, Pawlowska has worked with a wide range of genres, both figurative and abstract. She's worked with wood, fabric, paper, steel, copper, plywood and Plexiglas, as well as found objects. Her work has earned rave reviews for its originality and evocative qualities, ranging from startling "in your face" dramatic expression to ethereal contemplative beauty that draws the viewer in.
The exhibit has toured cathedrals, museums and galleries in Europe, and the U.S.St. Thomas Episcopal Church is pleased to offer Pawlowska's art and vision for the first time to the central Florida art community.
The current ICONS in Transformation exhibit includes between 100+ pieces of Pawlowska's contemporary works as well as a dozen traditional icons created at the workshop of Vassilevsky Monastery in Suzdal, Russia.
About the Artist: Ludmila Pawlowska was born in 1964 in exile, in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet Republic. Although she did not have a religious upbringing, she chose to be baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church when she was 18, an illegal act at the time. After the fall of the Soviet Union, she moved to Sweden, where she and her husband Jan Lech run the Scandinavian Art Center. For more information on Pawlowska, please visit www.ludmilapawlowska.se
About St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Founded in 1952, St. Thomas Episcopal Church is a member of the Southwest Florida Diocese of the Episcopal Church. The church is located at 1200 Snell Isle Boulevard, NE in St Petersburg, FL and is open to all members of the community.
Mary Jane Park
Icons in Transformation Chair
St Thomas Episcopal Church