Court shoes

«I just love pretty things, whether it is art, a song or a pair of shoes»
— Rita Ora
The modern world is full of colors, but the colors of our lives and all its facets we create ourselves. A new perspective in the creative reflection of objects of shoe design is demonstrated by the art exhibition "Shoes", which was opened on 6 March 2018 at the Gallery 153 (153 Nevsky prospect). Paintings presented in the exhibition belong to the brush of Oxana Barvinok.

The author is a well-known St. Petersburg businesswoman, acting here in a new role for herself. Painting is her passion, Oxana's professional education covers various areas: medicine, strategic marketing, economics, and health care management. Oxana Barvinok is a co-owner of EXPERT gastro-hepatocentre and a founder of the unique medical EXPERT Clinic in St. Petersburg.

Painting became for Oxana not only a new form of self-expression, but also an opportunity to aestheticize her passion. The court shoes, the design of which gave the author a reason to take up the brush, got a new life on her canvases – as objects of art, skillfully provoked by wardrobe items.

Utilitarian things, causing aesthetic pleasure, stimulated the author's imagination. According to the canons of fetish aesthetics, the irrational passion prompted creativity and the art of transfiguration: under the brush of the artist routine was poetized. Oxana managed to prove: shoes – the object of fetish and a symbol of enduring femininity – literally elevate a woman above everyday life.

Casual, evening, avant-garde, futuristic-shoes erect a woman on a pedestal and challenge her. Shoes change the plasticity of the body, the schedule of movement: transforming and fascinatng, provoking and ironic, shoes play the role of a litmus test, revealing the essence of character. But most importantly it stimulates imagination in that part of human relations, where monotony and boredom are contraindicated. Oxana Barvinok's exhibition dedicated to this ceremonial article of clothing pursues exactly the same goal.

The exhibition will be open throughout the spring. Later, the exhibition of selected paintings is planned in the recreational space of the EXPERT Clinic on the Petrogradsky district. It is noteworthy that this part of the city is associated with the spirit of the artistic avant-garde, and in this regard, the intention of the clinic is clear-to support the legend of the place.


– Art historian, Daria Plaksieva
"One shoe can change your life". Interview in the journal Область Культуры.
"Shoes as a passion". Article in the journal Область Культуры.
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«Give me shoes and I'll draw a person»
Pablo Picasso
«It was by the sea, where openwork foam...»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«The real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet»
— Christian Dior
«Henpecked star 18+»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«Henpecked star 45+»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women's beauty on a pedestal»
— Vivienne Westwood
«Cinderella. 21st century»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«One shoe can change your life»
— Cinderella
«Tenderness»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«A woman can show everything with her gait without giving anything to see»
Honore de Balzac
«Pride»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally»
Christian Louboutin
«Bagheera's are different...»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«How can you live the high life if you do not wear high heels?»
— Sonia Rykiel
«A way to a brighter life»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world!»
— Marilyn Monroe
«Caprice»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«Love or shoes?
— Shoes. Definitely shoes. Because shoes will help you achieve everything — even love»
— Manolo Blahnik
«Refinement of a dream»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«There are women who are divided into "high heels" and "ballet flats". Not in terms of shoes, but as a type of attitude to themselves and life»
Marc Jacobs
«Wait, I'll be back soon»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«Perhaps the most important things in life are a good bed and comfortable shoes.
After all, we spend all our life either in bed or in shoes»
— Marcel Achard
«Scarlet Sails»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«Shoes are made to make woman seemed naked even in clothes»
Christian Louboutin
«He's ready to kiss the sand..»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything»
— Iris Apfel
«Bloomed in spring»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«If this pair of black pumps in the wardrobe makes you smile, then it costs a lot more than you paid for it»
— Holly Golightly
«Five o'clock»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«Only shoes make a woman a woman»
— «Office Romance»
«Week-end»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«Keep your head, heels and standards high»
— Lola Stark
«A moment of respite»
Canvas, oil. 40х60
«For a woman to be the same height as a man, she must be the height of his shoulder»
— Henri Duvernois
«Finally at home...»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot»
Marilyn Monroe
«In the library»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«I can be naked as long as I'm wearing the right pair of shoes»
— Anna Dello Russo
«Ah..»
Canvas, oil. 60х90
«I'm not afraid of heights. Have you seen my shoes?»
— Carrie Bradshaw
«The red carpet»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«The average woman falls in love 7 times a year. Only 6 are with shoes»
— Kenneth Cole
«I want louboutins!»
Canvas, oil. 40х50
«Life is short, your heels shouldn't be»
— Brian Atwood
«A little red in 50 shades of grey»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«When you make shoes, you don't need to think about shoes - you need to think about a work of art»
— Diana Vreeland
«Elegance»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«To wear dreams on one's feet is to begin to give a reality to one's dreams»
Roger Vivier
«On a date»
Canvas, oil. 50х60
«A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes»
— Christian Louboutin