Channelling something of the symbolist movement, Nadya Polevich creates captivating, deeply poetic paintings, that somehow manage to be as contemporary as they are traditional. Her use of colour is remarkable – with a neon, vintage luminescence that creates an ethereal, other-worldly atmosphere. When not working with light, her use of texture and impasto technique is as deft; subverting the ethereal and grounding the characters in a very visceral way, as seen in Love and Farewell to the Wolf. It is fascinating to compare these two approaches.

Sarah Ryan | New Blood Art Gallery | London