His work has as many facets as a diamond - but one that could only ever have come from Russian soil... His wide-ranging themes constitute a highly distinctive, immediately recognisable visual world
The more recent work has an intimate feel and sometimes implied narrative created through atmospheric light, a sense of foreboding or contemplation.
Rachel Deacon acknowledges the classical precedent. She says: "I embrace the tradition of the classical composition, and the presenting of an archetypal view. This helps in the re-telling of the story I am working from."
Fleur Deakin describes her aesthetic as slightly terrifying - inspired simultaneously by the painterly qualities of the Fauve artists and the impressionists yet also by the naked emotion of the abstract expressionists.
His unique images of architecture, lighting and figures have been greatly praised and awarded, recently receiving The Most Outstanding Print Award from Sir Peter Blake.
This continually developing series of work immediately places him in the tradition of a very British form of surrealism.