These paintings of the world-renowned opera singers depict them in roles in Royal Opera productions. Created from life, the images portray the singers while they portray their characters on stage. These are the representations by both, an artist working in the visual fine art medium and the artists working in the medium of opera singing.


The images represent:


Sir John Tomlinson - as Boris Godunov, Boris Ismailov, Méphistophélès, Hagen, Hunding, and Asterious

Dmitri Hvorostovsky - as Onegin

Sir Bryn Terfel - as Wotan

Dame Felicity Lott - as the Marschallin

Angela Gheorghiu - as Magda

Sir Willard White - as Coppélius

Sir Thomas Allen - as Alfonzo

Jose Cura - as Samson

Marcelo Alvarez - as Werther


Sir Bryn Terfel: “Wow. The portrait looks fabulous. I love it. And it is exactly what I did on the stage. Thanks for that.”


Sir John Tomlinson: “Alla captured so vividly and with such insight the characters I played on stage reaching into the very soul of these creations.”


Sir Thomas Allen: "Thank you, Alla, so much for your portrait of me as Don Alfonso. I look like one of those awful men referred to as a lounge lizard. You captured him well. Brava."


Exhibited at: the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Opera House Shop, and Russian Culture House in London






The portrait series of Prince Charles was created following a sitting at Highgrove. The portraits including the 'Black Prince' and 'Prince of Cool' featured on the front pages of The Times (UK) and Bild (Germany), as well as ITV, BSN, Der Spiegel, Hello, Jackdaw Art Review, and other press and media. ‘Black Prince’ became a cover of the literary magazine Der Freund (Germany) and won the Lead Award's Gold Medal ‘The Best Magazine Cover of 2005'.


The work was exhibited at Ebury Galleries ( John Adams Fine Art) in London's Belgravia in 2002.






'The 20th Century Dictators' is a series of paintings, floor adhesive prints, posters, a wallpaper, textile, 48-sheet billboard, and animation. Going beyond the historical or documentary analysis, the series explores images of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Mao Zedong and Stalin in contemporary context. For the images Alla was named the 'Critic's Choice' by Saatchi Online in 2007. The series was shown on Europe’s largest digital screen on top of the Axel Springer Building as the animation 'Christ Is Not An Aryan' and at the Crone Gallery in Berlin in 2007 and was dabbed 'one of three things to see in Berlin' by Bild Berlin and BZ Magazine (Germany) at the time. A portrait of Stalin/Hitler 'Siamese Twins' featured as 'The IImage of the Week' in The Times' Art Review.



  • Full length life-size paintings of Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Stalin, and Franco
  • ‘Dictators TM’ 48-sheet billboard
  • Four ‘Heads’ floor adhesive vinyl prints
  • 'Group Portrait' wallpaper
  • Animation ‘Christ is not an Aryan’
  • ‘Siamese Twins’ double portrait of Hitler/Stalin
  • 'They have not stopped dancing yet' double portrait of Hitler/Stalin
  • Posters ‘Torsos’ and ‘Genitals’
  • Prints 'Limbs Orchestra'


The exhibition format is integral to the series' concept and forms six interactive Environs:


  • Environ 1: Full length life-size paintings of Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Stalin, and Franco
  • Environ 2: ‘Dictators TM’ 48-sheet billboard and four ‘Heads’ floor adhesive vinyl prints
  • Environ 3: 'Group Portrait' wallpaper covers the walls of this environ. It contains the ‘Christ is not an Aryan’ animation and the 'Double Portrait' and 'They have not stopped dancing yet' shown
  • Environ 4: ‘Torsos’ and ‘Genitals’ posters
  • Environ 5: 'Limbs Orchestra' prints accompanied by 'organic sounds' (of urinating) activated by motion-sensing technology
  • Environ 6: 'Memorabilia Shop' where audience ‘buys into' the dictators



Exhibited at:

  • Crone Gallery, Berlin
  • Europe's largest digital screen on top of the Axel Springer Building, Berlin



Environ 1

Environ 2

Environ 3



Dictator Wallparer

Animation 'Jesus is Not an Aryan'

Environ 4

Environ 5




A selection of some of latest work





‘5D Instigative Heads’ is a pioneering experimental work that transforms the production and consumption of representational art through digital technologies. The ‘Heads’ are 3D scans of facial expressions painted in oil (texture maps) and then digitally merged, moulded and deformed in space and time (3D modelling and animation), integrated with electro-acoustic landscapes and augmented reality, printed in 3D and projected.



  • Animation 'Pat's Head'
  • Animation ' ‘Rocking Madonna’ integrated with electro-acoustic landscape
  • Animation '‘Giving Birth Out of Her Head’
  • Four animations 'Four heads spin’
  • Paintings of the 'texture maps'
  • Prints of 3D animation stills
  • a 3D print of a still


Breaking with the conventional 2D representation in art, the ‘Heads’ demonstrate:

  • How the production and consumption of representation art can be transformed through digital technology
  • How motion-capturing the images of the sitter affects the patterns of engagement and interaction between the artist and its subject
  • How new temporal and spatial dynamics (animation and modelling) explore new possibilities for representing the artist’ creative dialogue
  • How through the augmented reality technology the work reacts to viewers’ interrogations: viewer controls the animation and audio dimensions of the work by physically exploring the space and instigating motion and audio events.


Techniques explored:

  • Traditional technique of oil painting
  • High-speed 3D life-size motion-capture and analysis
  • 3D digital animation and modelling
  • Augmented reality (react-table and motion sensors)


Further explorations include:

  • Matching freely painted texture maps and 3D geometry of scanned heads or figures
  • Painting a number of pre-selected motion-captioned facial expressions or body movements to create a continued 'life' of a face or a figure
  • 3D projection


Exhibited at:

  • National Portrait Gallery, London, 2006, as part of Alla's ‘The Changing Face of Portraiture’ seminar series
  • The Shunt, London, 2007, as interactive augmented reality exhibition
  • Balaklava Odyssey Media Art Festival, Sevastopol, Russia, 2010



Exhibition equipment requires short-throw projection, screen, computer, infrared lamp and camera, web camera, sound system, and augmented reality equipment.

Four Heads Spin:

Pat's Head

Rocking Madonna with acoustic landscape

Giving Birth Out of Her Head

Texture maps

Animation stills




©Alla Tkachuk, 2018. All right reserved. No image may be reproduced without the artist’s prior written consent