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Work Overview

Little Ballerina
acquired by MAL Collection Loppersum

"Self-portraits by painters are as old as painting itself. This self-portrait therefore fits into an age-old tradition. However, rarely do we see a painter portraying himself to her or his youth. That is the case here, Veronika sketches herself in a number of accurate monochrome color strokes as a ballerina. What is special is that the painting was made on a partly erased earlier painting during her academy time. And that it is precisely this partly visible remnant of it that suggests a kind of hazy background. Sublime in its accuracy."

- text translated from the MAL Collection website

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Little Ballerina | Acrylic on canvas | 40 x 60 cm

Zomersalon | Maaskoe, Rotterdam | 2022

Back in July my work was on show in an exhibition inspired by the French Salon. I got the chance to exhibit by side of thirteen young contemporary figurative painters. The clip above shows the opening, which was accompanied by wonderful classical music.

Curated by Nina Davies at Maaskoe Gallery in Rotterdam

Video by Luke McCowan

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Storefront Story | Projectspace Lokaal | Utrecht | 2022

Storefront Story was a duo show exhibition with Veronika Petuchova and Merijne Spits. Playful transformation of a gallery display into a magical childhood dream.

Becoming/Mezi Domy | Graduation show | 2021

In her paintings, Veronika Petuchova captures fading moments, and revives memories and feelings from her childhood, to explore how they feed into the present. While fleeting, abstract or liminal at times, Petuchova’s subjects can also appear more concretely and figuratively in her work. When preparing her paintings, Petuchova goes down into memory lane, working from personal stories and objects that she translates from photographs into intuitive brushstrokes. Looking for the most effective ways to capture these fleeting moments, she is triggered not only to create new paintings, but also to rework old ones with an intention to revive them both as objects, depictions, and to continue their story. 

Although most of her work is based on photographs she collects, Petuchova herself is very much focused on what she can do with the paint, intentionally disregarding consistency in style to give way to a visual language that suits each occasion particularly. Her paintings are the translation of memories and experiences into her own visual signature, breathing a distinct atmosphere, while moving between depicted documents and poetic, lyrical images.

Text by Menno Vuister, 2021

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