Mixed media on canvas – American box, black wood – 135 x 115 cm
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The name Yelena, of Russian origin, is derived from the Greek name “Helenē”, which means “the brilliant” or “the shining one”. It is a popular name in Russia and in other Russian-speaking countries.
In these cultures, the name Yelena is associated with natural beauty and intelligence, referring to Greek mythology where Helen, daughter of Zeus, was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.
By using this name in his painting, Seaty conveys an image of the inner beauty and strength of the person depicted in the portrait