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 DISCTATORS
'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.
The exhibition format is integral to the series' concept and forms six interactive Environs:
Animation 'Jesus is Not an Aryan'
'5D INSTIGATIVE HEADS'
‘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.
Breaking with the conventional 2D representation in art, the ‘Heads’ demonstrate:
Further explorations include:
Exhibition equipment requires short-throw projection, screen, computer, infrared lamp and camera, web camera, sound system, and augmented reality equipment.
Four Heads Spin:
Rocking Madonna with acoustic landscape
Giving Birth Out of Her Head