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“Abstract Thinking” @ UZ Art Week 2012

Written by on Thursday, 1 November 2012
Culture and History, Photoblog, Uzbekistan
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My solo exhibit, “Abstract Thinking”, appeared in the Art Gallery of Uzbekistan during UZ Art Week.

This collection of 17 abstract paintings was inspired by a story of events or images that have influenced my view and perception of life. I hope that my abstract way of expressing my inspirations will allow you to relate to my art and enhance your own ideas and experiences in life.

The style of the paintings is evocative of the Impressionists of the 19th century. The Senior Curator of the Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, Gayane Umerova, curated the collection. The British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Mr George Edgar, the Chairwoman of the Fund Forum and the President of Uzbekistan’s daughter, Gulnara Karimova, were among the distinguished visitors to the exhibition.

I was born in Kazakhstan, but I’m pleased to be making a regional impact. I was recently selected by the Minister of Culture of the Kyrgyz Republic to exhibit my paintings at the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Kazakhstan in the Kasteev State Museum of Arts.

Normally, I’m based in London. I love travelling the world, but London inspires me like no other city. Still, I love my home country, too. These are two very different cultures, Europe and Central Asia, and they contribute so much to my development as an artist and as a person.


Editor’s Note: According to an official press release, Annya Sand is best known for her work as Co-Director of the Russian, Eastern and Oriental Art Fair in London in 2010. During the art fair Sand sold her own works to raise money for the Children’s Burns Trust. With the support of the leading British art critic, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Sand launched the ‘Annya Sand Art Prize’ to support emerging artists from former Soviet Republics to help them to break into the Western art world. Sand also donates her paintings to various charity auctions including: Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Children’s Burns Trust, Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation and The Mayors Fund for London. Annya Sand has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Masterpiece London (2012), where she exhibited alongside Sir Peter Blake, Banksy and Tracey Emin; Art Monaco (2012); 20/21 International Art Fair, London (2012); Tashkent Biennial in (2011); Art London and The Lapada Art & Antiques Fair, represented by the King’s Road Gallery, London (2011); The Russian, Eastern & Oriental Fine Art Fair, Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair, London (2010).

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