Based in London, Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh is a contemporary artist working in painting and drawing, mediums that allow her to communicate the ideas of the impermanent nature of things. Her current work is inspired by the memento mori traditions in both 17th-century Dutch still life paintings and the ideas of the public anatomical theatres in Renaissance Age Europe. She usually paints the assemblage of two subjects: imaginary botanical species and human body forms or organs, which are carefully implanted and hardly visible at first glance. Choosing to work from her own imagination, Charikov-Mickleburgh merges memories from observation and her life experiences. Without any preparatory sketches and relying totally on abilities and instincts, she often applies oil paints directly onto the flat surface. Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh studied at the University of Hull, Central Saint Martin’s, and earned her MA from the Royal College of Art.
image: Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh - Comes and Goes I, 2018 (detail). Oil on Linen.
30 x 40 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Artistellar