Born in Kazakhstan to a creative family, Agerd’s father was a nationally recognized architect, and he trained his daughter to sketch at an early age. Agerd moved to Moscow where she earned a degree in World Economy. She went on to earn a diploma in Marketing studies and an MBA from Regents University in London, England.
With this education, she launched a successful career in the world of global finance. She led global expansion efforts for an international corporation and organized professional conferences, making key accomplishments and a vast network of business connections along the way. But despite this, she found material success empty.
Agerd embarked on a personal journey studying subjects from psychology to the great mystics, and she rediscovered her passion for art. She began studying painting under mentors and even completed an art course at Christie’s — learning about recent trends in the industry. Taking inspiration from the likes of Rothko and Kandinsky, she experimented endlessly, taking special care to understand the full capabilities of the latest paints and materials. She collected insights from her years of travel, incorporating the multitude of styles and methods seen in various cultures.
Over years of dedicated practice, she developed the Flow method in her London studio. Flow begins by directing small quantities of poured paint across the canvas. Mixing various medias, Agerd crafts striking, colorful vortices, and grand cosmic swirls.
Over these backgrounds she renders archetypal subjects in acrylics, merging this new abstract technique with realist foregrounds. Agerd also began working with precious stones, affixing them to her pieces. These lend her work new energy and dimensionality.
The striking effects of her new Flow method and introduction of stones established her voice, brought into clearer focus through her point-of-view — evoking the power of interior states. And Agerd creates the entire series with an emphasis on their interaction with interior design, creating bespoke items to encourage personal reflection and connection to values.
Today, Agerd’s work appears in private collections across Europe and is exhibited to the public. She also works on commission, with work appearing in the Mayfair Club. She is also giving back. She joined the prominent UK charity Children in Crisis and served on it’s Board of Women, and she currently teaches art to children with an emphasis on creative self-expression and building confidence.
Agerd set aside her career in finance, embracing her calling as an artist. After long years of intense dedication, she emerged with the Flow method — the product of a personal struggle to rediscover the wisdom of meditative silence and wholeness. Her work is the emergence of visions from our collective well of hopes and wisdom. While our material culture insists that the highest good is the newest purchase, Agerd’s painting reminds us that the highest good is carried inside of us, if we only remember to look.
Hi Galina! What inspired you to pursue art?
Galina: Art is a great way to communicate. At first, my art was simply a drawing practice, but as I searched inside myself and pursued personal development, I had so much I wanted to share with others. Especially today, when we have so many distractions from pursuing a more present and meaningful life, I think we need to engage more with the subject of our inner selves.
Art is a way to do that.
Tell us about your artwork, style, subject matter etc.
Galina:My work combines abstract and figurative styles to create symbolically charged works. I achieve this through liquid paints and more traditional acrylic or oil, often commingling in the same piece.
My paintings often include images from the natural world and biological forms. Animals, landscapes, and celestial bodies populate my canvases. But I never want to merely show the viewer something. I want every subject to point the viewer to something inside themselves.
Sometimes I go straight to directly painting symbols or symbol systems. My chakra paintings are one form of this.
Could you walk us through your process? How much planning do you do before you jump into creating an artwork? If you do, what are you trying to solve at each stag of it?
Galina: I attend exhibitions all the time. It’s one of the best parts of living in London, with so many opportunities to become inspired by other artists. But everything that surrounds us can bring beauty — from the trees outside to the light coming in through the window and landing on the dishes. Literature is an important spark as well. Reading authors like Michael Singer, Eckhart Tolle, or making research into chakras can send me to my studio.
Once I’m inspired, it’s a fire. There isn’t much planning needed, I just need to get into my studio and try to capture what sent me in there. With the liquid paints I’m using, you are in collaboration with the paint itself. It almost is its own free soul. And that interaction leads to surprises that I adapt to along the way. That creates enough structure to finish, without much of a formal plan.
Your father is a nationally recognized architect. How much is your art influenced by his work?
Galina: Since I was born, my father has helped his community by building schools and hospitals. He recently designed and built the biggest oil and gas refinery in Kazakhstan. I remember as a child seeing how concentrated he could be in a single piece of paper. I deeply respected his dedication to the process of creating needed buildings. And it was a process that began by picking up a pencil. So I was always drawing as a child. I knew it was important because I saw what my father could do with this simple practice. And now art has defined my own life.
How much has your art changed since moving to London?
Galina: Before London, I used much more acrylic and oil paintings. I focused much more on figurative work. But London broadened my horizons. It’s here in London that I experienced new, innovative paintings and gained access to new kinds of paints. The experimentation this opened up for me led to my artwork that you see today.
What is the work you’ve done that you’re the most excited about?
Galina: My Chakra painting integrates both my Flow method and my use of reiki stones. I put these together into a celebration of the human chakra system, which I’ve found to be a profound insight into life. This work brought together many threads from my practice and personal life, and so I can’t help but be excited by it.
Tell me more about your “Flow” method.
Galina: The new materials available to artists has always spurred on new approaches to art. Today, this is no different. And Flow is a method to take advantage of newly available liquid paints. I call it Flow because I guide the paint as it moves across my canvas. It is in literal flow over the surface. I love this because I’m in co-creation with the universe in a way. I welcome the creative energies of existence into my studio using this method.
Share some interesting facts about your art with us.
Galina: I believe we can attract things into our lives, and painting is a powerful tool to do that. Painting creates an energy and ambiance everywhere we live. Sometimes my art has brought things into my own life. By painting something that represents my desires, I can attract it to me.
Who are a few artists/people that really inspire you right now, and why?
Galina: All the artists who are free to experiment. This is how new art is born. For me, the exemplars of this spirit are Pollock, Rothko, Miró, and Kandinsky. Kandinsky integrated a spiritual dimension to his work, something I really respect and admire. And Miró’s use of color is spectacular. He was truly free in his studio.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Galina: I had a series of paintings that showed the human eye. A buyer who purchased one of these eyes is from Greece. For her, this seemed related to the evil eye, which is believed to clear the energy of the house and provide protection in many cultures, including Greek culture. A few years later, she reached out to me. Apparently, her family and house guests have enjoyed the work very much and appreciate the protection it gives the home. I will always remember that.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Galina: The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the digital side of all sectors in our society. Whereas before, companies were moving to digital services slowly, lockdowns forced everyone to take the plunge. It’s no different for artists. On my website, I have a 3D gallery. People still need to see a painting in space, because a painting isn’t just a flat image. Visitors to my website (www.agerdart.com) can see the dimensionality of the work and purchase the pieces that call to them.
What’s next on the horizon?
Galina: I began exploring integrating stones to my canvases a few years ago. These have added a new feeling to my work that I’m still pursuing.
At the moment I work on three series: “Energy Chakras”, “Eye of the Universe” & “Mother pearl” and I intend to expand it. And of course, I’ll continue experimenting with my Flow method as well. Liquid paints are such an endlessly fascinating medium to work in.
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