Elena Garcia de la Fuente is an artist who conjures with paint. She takes a simple family group in a familiar setting and makes it into something magical. The pictures have a stillness and a strange quality of silence as if we are seeing the last moment of one life before something dramatic happens to change things forever. The tranquillity is deceptive; it is the time between one tick of the clock and the next. It is a world waiting. This drama is heightened not with ferocious brush work but by extraordinary detail. The sunlight itself in these bright compositions is subversive. Parents walk, children play, friends talk, the world about them is beautiful, but it seems to be that last happy moment before ‘boo.’" By Alan Hescott
Elena García de la Fuente was born in Madrid (1975) and raised in Málaga. She has lived and worked in London since 1999. She studied Fine Art at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, before finishing her studies at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997. She completed an MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute in London in 2001. In 2005 she won a Funding Award from the Prince’s Trust and since then has raised lots of money for the same charity. Elena was awarded 3rd place in the Art Interview 3rd Quarterly International Online Artist Competition, Oct 1st- Dec 31st 2005. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in London, Leeds, Berlin, Salzburg and Spain.