Yelena Bryksenkova’s Illustrations Put Us Under a Spell

Yelena Bryksenkova’s small pen illustrations and Acryla gouache paintings are inspired by her love of home and the comfort she finds in everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes. The result is a piece of art you’d want to crawl into – a space that radiates comfort and warmth.

“I will never get tired of paintings of quiet repose, everyday moments, women brushing their hair, reading, arranging flowers, drinking tea, lost in their private thoughts and surrounded by cherished objects,” Bryksenkova writes on her website. “Too many beautiful things to name, basically I’m always living under the spell of something or other.”

When it comes to the ideas behind her work, those come aplenty, stemming from reading, spending ample time with art and nature, and doing lots of what Virginia Woolf called “street haunting”.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, growing up in Cleveland, and studying illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague, Czech Republic, Bryksenkova now resides in Los Angeles where she works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist.

Her long journey seems to have been worth it.