Yelena Popova (b.1978) works in many different media: video, painting, sculpture, installation and tapestry. Inspired by Russian Constructivism and Minimalism, Popova’s work is characterised by its crisp lines and strong, geometric forms. What is not immediately apparent is that Popova’s seemingly abstract compositions have a direct relation to science. Brought up in the closed city of Ozyorsk, Russia, the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear-weapons programme, Popova has always been interested in nuclear power and its political, social or environmental impact. Stored in places surrounded with secrecy, nuclear power is closely connected to politics and war, whilst at the same time being known as the cleanest and purest form of energy. It is in this area of tension that Popova’s work operates, exploring the boundaries between beauty and danger, between destruction and creation. Yelena Popova lives and works in Nottingham where she has a studio at Primary. She studied at Moscow Art Theatre School before graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2011. In 2014, Popova was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Award in Painting. She was included in 100 painters of Tomorrow published by Thames and Hudson in 2014, and in the acclaimed Phaidon series Vitamin P3 in 2016. Popova exhibited extensively in the UK and beyond, including Holden Gallery, Manchester, Leeds Art Gallery, Malmo Konst Museum, Kunstmuseum Bonn, The Art House, Wakefield, Girton College, University of Cambridge, Nottingham Contemporary, Tensta Kunsthalle, Stockholm, MAK Vienna Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, Saatchi Gallery London, White Columns Gallery, New York, amongst others. Her work is in many prestigious collections including the Arts Council Collection, Government Art Collection, Nottingham Castle collection, RCA Collection, Saatchi Collection, Zabludowicz Collection, and LWL Museum, Münster.
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