My artwork either relates to the events I have experienced or is a result of observation of everyday happenings which, translated into images, obtain a deeper and more universal meaning. I am currently working on the series of portraits where only hands represent a human to emphasize the idea of disconnection. I am exploring the themes relevant for immigrants who no longer feel connected with their home country but not quite fit in in their adopted ones such as search for identity and a sense of belonging. This work is based on my own experience. Other themes I am exploring through art are bonds, childhood, memory and time. I work in soft pastels and other dry media as well as in acrylics and watercolour.


Since my recent move to Malta, light has become an integral and meaningful part in my artwork, both in land-, seascapes and portraits as the intensity and vibrancy of it is exceptional in this Mediterranean country. Unlike the light in Northern Europe, it is not transparent but has its own density, is warm and saturated. It makes numerous nuances of turquoise prevail in the water and sky and has a lot of deep, velvety purples in shadows with sparkles of orange. The light transforms everyday reality into 'moments-of-being‘ (V.Woolf) thus becoming both a subject and inspiration. I usually paint en plein air and from life where light is most natural.


I am a Member of Association of Professional Artists of Austria/Berufsvereinigung der Bildenden Künstler Österreichs (www.art-bv.at), Malta Society of Arts and Pastel Society of Malta. 


Enjoy looking through my portfolio and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the artwork and its availability, pricing, etc. or would like to get in touch for a portrait or landscape comission or collaboration: elena@elenadegenhardt.com 




-Malta Society of Arts Memebers' multi-sensorial Exhibition 'Perception', Plazzo De La Salle, Valletta, 2.8.-30.8.2018

-Collective exhibition at the Ministry for Gozo, Victoria, Malta, 3.8.-21.8.18

-Collective exhibition at Hilltop Gardens, Naxxar, Malta, 22.6.-24.6.2018

-Pastel Society of Malta's group exhibition (with guests) 'Qrendi Parish and Its Surroundings', Qrendi Parish Centre, Malta, 2.06.2018-10.06.2018

-Collective international exhibition 'Poesie der Grafik'/'Poetry of Graphic Art', KreativRaum Galerie, Riemergasse 2, 1010, Vienna, Austria, 11.06.2018-23.06.2018

-Group exhibition of the Association of professional Artists of Austria 'Aufbruch zum Licht'/'Towards the Light', Otto-Mauer-Zentrum, Vienna, Austria, 22.03.2018-27.06.2018

'-International Exhibition 'Fabriano in Acquarello'/'Fabriano in Watercolour', Fabriano, Italy, 3-7 May 2018

-'Eigene Sicht der Dinge', Association of professional Artists of Austria, Kunstsalon Schönbrunn, Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria, 13.01.2018-31.01.2018

-The Pastel Society of Malta's 11th Annual Exhibition, Palazzo de La Sale, Valletta, Malta, November 30th-December 19th, 2017




Please read a thoughtful article on my painting 'Heat' by pastel artist, tutor and blogger Gail Sibley in her blog:http://www.howtopastel.com/2017/08/julys-uncommon-pastel-paintings/ 





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