May 092012

London, May 9: A five-year-old Australian girl Aelita Andre started painting since she was just two and her work has been exhibited in Australia and America.

She has already earned well over 100,000 pounds from her paintings has been described as the “world’s youngest professional artist”.

Her mother, Russian-born Nikka Kalashnikova, says she quickly realised her daughter’s technique set her apart from other playschool painters.

Her cheapest paintings are now selling for more than 3,000 pounds each, the money from which is being put in a trust fund.

“Her composition, her use of colour, her concentration span,” Sky News quoted her as saying.

“Sometimes even as a little kid she was painting for about one hour, one-and-a-half hours, she would walk off, then come back again, it is just her concentration.

“Usually kids paint for two or three minutes and they have had enough, they run off, but not Aelita.”

Aelita’s home reflects the chaos and colour of her work.

Almost the whole of the downstairs of the suburban Melbourne house is taken up with the little girl’s studio. Paint pots, brushes, spray cans, glitter and craft materials are everywhere.

Her huge canvases are covered in bright swirls and splashes of paint and often have items stuck on them – twigs, children’s toys and feathers.

What little space is left is taken up with completed works, stacked along the walls by her parents, ready to be shipped to New York for her next major exhibition in June.

Critics say her parents must be influencing her art but Kalashnikova strongly denies that.

“She is her own person, and if she’s was not enjoying it… have a look how much she produces. She absolutely loves it. Talk to any parents – if you are able to push your child into doing anything, well good luck,” she said.

Melbourne art critic Robert Nelson says the paintings have some merit and the people buying them could be collectors speculating on her future potential.

“They have a value beyond aesthetic purity and it is really the project this family has set up for itself. I guess you could imagine someone wanting to be part of that, wanting to support that with money,” he added.

The website of the gallery in New York states: “These paintings are both contemplative and powerful, providing a window into the emancipated creative subconscious mind of a child.”

Aelita’s father recently filmed his daughter painting a canvas from beginning to end in a bid to prove that any adult does not influence her. (ANI)

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