Acrylic on textured canvas.
The dolls are raised up from the canvas in reality by using tissue paper on to the canvas.
They are delightful playthings for children.
Years ago when I first started working in London I bought a set of nested Matryoshka dolls from the Russian Shop in Holborn. I loved the way they nested into each other. Many years later I still have them but sadly they are badly faded. I wanted to recreate them in bright colours.
In old Russian among peasants the name Matryona or Matriosha was a very popular female name. The name has a Latin root “mater” and means “Mother”. This name was associated with the image of of a mother of a big peasant family who was very healthy and had a round, portly figure.