ABOUT THE ARTIST
Continuing to reflect and fall in love with the world around her over and over, Irene Sheri transformed and changed throughout her life as an artist. Reinventing and blending herself with the cues and details that developed around her, Irene filtered time and assimilated new elements in a childlike manner. Keeping her classical Russian art school origins and embracing new modern western aspects, her paintings reflect an impressionists-like core and breath the life of every day trifles, embodying the joy of small, everyday things. Tender melancholy, momentary looks, soft smiles are all subtle yet well-defined and confident reflections of deep inner harmony and peace in her works, brought together concisely and pointedly.
Irene firmly commands various genres, from still-life to landscapes and portraits. Reminiscent of Renoir, Degas, and Klimt, her portraits convincingly echo the unaffectedness of a child and mature female love in the same captured moments. Most often her characters speak through the understated – and ever so hard to capture wholly – elements in eyes and hands, making us realize that a true portrait must not be objective but rather only genuinely exists in a milky, in-between realm of a confession and an existential self-insistence.
Irene’s talent continued to endure and break new ground with every new period of her artistic life. Over the years, her art has been featured in galleries of France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Finland, and the United States. The more recent works, featured in this book, pay tribute to the best traditions of Romantic Realism, blended with moods of Impressionism, and decorated by the best ornaments of Modernism.