Marina Strijakova

Marina Strijakova

  • Artist’s Statement

    Animals and plants were the source of a career for Marina Strijakova in her former Russia, but since arriving to Australia, she is transitioning her love of nature into art.

    Marina, a mother-of-three, has developed her love of nature into her unique style of art through a combo of Millenia Chinese calligraphy brush strokes and western painting techniques.

  • Biography


    Marina grew to love nature from an early age, pursued that as an animal keeper in Moscow Zoo and later became a biologist. "In the Russian forest, I knew all the birds and animals and knew the names of all plants.

    "But when I migrated to Australia in 1999, I suddenly felt lost in the Australian bush with nature. It was all so different! I did not feel the spirit of the land or the connection between me and the Australian forest!"

    Despite her initial doubts, she began a series of workshops in art education, ranging from Chinese painting, collage, acrylics, painting realism and mixed media.

    As a result, she found her passion in combining the Millenia Chinese calligraphy brush strokes and western painting techniques to create a unique, inspired style.

    She said: "In my landscape, nature and nature-themed abstract works, I reflect on the beauty of the world around us. While I know that many artists focus on nature as their subject, I hope to bring a different and thus outstanding perspective.

    "In my mind, you need to immerse yourself in a piece of art to feel its magic."

    Her collection of paintings are predominantly commissioned in larger formats. A variety of medium, including impasto, modelling paste, heavy gel and gesso is used to add a texture to the paintings. Ink, acrylic and oil paints add the colours and shades, multi-layered to add a feeling of depth.

    She added: "I use my private recipes to create my own paint and medium, I fabricate custom brushes for specific stroke and texture effects.

    "My purpose in life is to take the basic ingredients of canvas, medium and paint, add a recipe of my own imagination and turn the original material things into a piece of art with emotional and aesthetic value."

    She said that Australia's nature now forms the backbone of her creativity. "Over time, I learnt the plants and trees, the names of the birds I hear in the morning. I learnt about the life of the Australian nature, the diversity and interdependency, spirit of the land.

    "I started to feel the unusual beauty of Australian bush, beaches, forests, mountains, they finally became a part of me!

    " I wanted to tell about these feeling, share these feelings! I believe this was the turning point when my art aspirations and desires began. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, I immersed myself into the multi-faceted world of painting."

  • Influences

    Chinese Calligraphy brush strokes

  • Exhibitions

    April 2018
    Group Exhibition: ArtSHINE's Licensing Artists

Showing 1–30 of 51 artworks

Marina Strijakova

Spring Time #1
100 x 100cm Impasto, gesso, acrylic, varnished $500.00

Marina Strijakova

Spring Time #2
100 x 100cm Impasto, gesso, acrylic, varnished $500.00

Marina Strijakova

Delicate
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $140.00

Marina Strijakova

Soothing serenity
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $250.00

Marina Strijakova

Fragile beauty
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $100.00

Marina Strijakova

Scent of summer
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $110.00

Marina Strijakova

Colours of sunset
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $300.00

Marina Strijakova

Secrets of life
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $250.00

Marina Strijakova

Ocean ripples
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $100.00

Marina Strijakova

Floral expance
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $120.00

Marina Strijakova

Before the dawn`
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $150.00

Marina Strijakova

Colours of chaos
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $150.00

Marina Strijakova

A flare of desire
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $100.00

Marina Strijakova

The Queen of Fairies
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile Sold

Marina Strijakova

News of relief
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $110.00

Marina Strijakova

Warm hug
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $100.00

Marina Strijakova

Follow the sun
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile Sold

Marina Strijakova

Ups and Downs
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $250.00

Marina Strijakova

Bitter and sweet
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $200.00

Marina Strijakova

Cowslips
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $100.00

Marina Strijakova

Jacaranda
61 x 92 x 3.8cm Oil on canvas $1,500.00

Marina Strijakova

The Aura of the Landscape
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $150.00

Marina Strijakova

Intense yellow
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $130.00

Marina Strijakova

Yellow clouds
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $250.00

Marina Strijakova

Touch of fleece
30 x 30 x 0.6cm Framed: 34.5 x 34.5cm Acrylic on tile $110.00

Marina Strijakova

Apple bloom
76 x 102 x 3.8cm Oil on canvas $1,500.00

Marina Strijakova

Coffs Harbour
61 x 92 x 3.8cm Oil on canvas $1,200.00

Marina Strijakova

Fireflies
61 x 92 x 3.8cm Acrylic on canvas $800.00

Marina Strijakova

Foggy morning
61 x 92 x 3.8cm Oil on canvas $1,500.00

Marina Strijakova

Georges River - Splash
61 x 92 x 3.8cm Oil on canvas $1,200.00