Signal Open 2016

Congratulations to Signal Open 2016 Winner Irina Kuksova, some words from the artist below…

“I knew about ‘Signal Open’ since it started in 2013, but it took me 4 years to submit one and only piece a few days short of the deadline. The artwork is a portrait of my boyfriend Elliot, painted during my long recovery from a car accident. Entitled ‘Safe Home’, it speaks of what makes us feel safest in life – a cozy bed and a face of a loved one. I have been painting since I was a kid and studied art in Moscow, Russia, then earned an Honours Degree in Painting from the Academy of Fine Art of Brera in Milan, Italy. Having moved to Ireland, I mostly worked in films (started as an extra and worked my way up to set design) and painted some commissioned pieces. As I was limited in job options after the car accident, I concentrated on personal non-commercial artwork, which I didn’t have time to even think about for the last 10 years. I was both surprised and delighted, when I heard my name being called to receive the ‘Best in Show’ Award. I’m forever grateful to Signal Arts for appreciating my artwork and – for the first time – making me an award-winning artist. “

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