Category: painting Subject: woman Mediums: acrylic paints, own technique
Materials: canvas Style: art deco, contemporary, cubism, abstract, realism
Size: 45 H x 45 W x 2,5 [cm] / 17,7 H x 17,7 W x 1 [in] Year: 2019
Painting Focus 2
‘Focus 2’ is a new painting by Ania Luk. An original, sensual composition referring to the art deco painting, maintained in the current style, which combines cubism, abstraction and realism. It presents a close-up of a woman. Warm, subdued colors create a sensual and elegant image in the form.
As the famous the nineteenth century Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt once said:
“Art is a line around your thoughts.”
Painted on linen canvas with a slightly visible texture, own technique with the use of acrylic paints. There is no need to embed in a decorative frame, because the edges are linen, not covered with any color.
The ‘Focus 2’ painting was painted by the painter after the Academy of Fine Arts – Ania Luk. Signed at the front and back, with a certificate of authenticity, protected by a varnish in half-matte. This image fits perfectly with modern interiors. A good size to hang several pictures in a small space and get an attractive design. The leading colors – red, orange, platinum, gold and bronze.
The second painting from the series “Focus”.
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
The painting was shortlisted for the international exhibition to be taking place in Singapore in September 2019.
The term “art deco” was created in 1968 by an English art historian Bevis Hillier in reference to the resurgent interest in art decoratif – characteristic trend that prevailed in the years 1909-1939, cultivating luxury and wealth. Manifested itself in many ways: in painting, graphics, fashion, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, interior design and architecture. It represented many design concepts that appeared approx. 1909 in Paris and developed over the next thirty years.
What distinguishes art deco style is combination of modern styles with artistic finish and richness of the materials used. In addition, art deco is a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes dissonant, which are united by the desire for modernity. In fine arts, nothing better brings out the language of art deco, than paintings of Tamara Lempicka.
“When I’m in London, Claridge’s is a great favourite. I’m a big fan of art deco architecture and the rooms are extraordinary.” Roman Coppola
Cubism is an early 20th century avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture. In addition, some people say that it’s the most influential art movement of the 20th century.
Noteworthy in cubist artworks, objects are rather analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form. Instead of depicting objects from a single viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context. The most famous painters associated with the cubism movement are especially Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.
“Art is a harmony parallel with nature” Paul Cezanne, Cizanne
Most of all abstract art creates a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. It was caused by the need of creation a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy going through the end of the 19th.
Finally abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. Furthermore this departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete.
The precursors of abstractionism were: Wassily Kandinsky, Edward Munch.
“Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.” Joel Sternfeld
It has set on in 1945, after the II World War and lasts till today. The foundation for the contemporary art was prepared by the Dadaists, who perceived the artist as the creator of the idea. New trends were born, such as abstract expressionism (in Europe- informel), action painting, color field painting, pop-art, op art, conceptual painting, street art, calligraphic painting and others.
The most famous artist are: Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon , Victor Vasarely.
In contemporary art there isn’t one aim or a point of view. It gives a heterogeneous and ambiguous glance at the contemporary world. Furthermore, there has always been a huge tendency to experiment and search for innovative language which would be consistent with the changing reality (photomontage, collage, manifesto, object, installation, happenings, video installation, performance). Sadly, today it seems that there are virtually no aesthetic or moral bounds in artistic expression.
“There is a huge thirst for knowledge among the younger generation for contemporary art, but most of them learn about it by going on the Internet.” Dasha Zhukova
Firstly, realism in the arts is the effort to represent subject matter truly, without artificiality. Secondly, it has been prevalent in the arts at many periods. It is in large part a matter of technique and training, and the avoidance of stylization. Thirdly, realistic paintings are mostly scenes from the life of ordinary people, painted with a simplified means of expression, of peaceful palette and composition.
Finally, the realism art movement in painting began in France in the 1850s. The realism painters rejected Romanticism, which had come to dominate literature and art, with roots in the late 18th century.
The most important artist of realism came from France – Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, Honoré Daumier.
“Hyperrealism is more about objectifying… how an object can be portrayed when it is seen through a camera’s lens… all my paintings are about an object being viewed through human eyes.” Liu Dan
Painting technique using acrylic paints, which have a similar characteristic to oil paints. Acrylic paintings are as durable as oil paints.
The most important practical difference between acrylic paints and oil paints is the drying time. Acrylic paints are ideal for painters using sharp and firm brush movements. Mixing acrylic is more difficult than mixing oils just because acrylics are starting to dry quickly. With oils you can mix colors for many days. Resulting in a variety of color variations on which acrylics will not give you enough time. This slow process of drying oil can be seen as an advantage for some technicians. On the other hand, this lengthens the process of image formation.
Another advantage of acrylic is that it can be rinsed with water during work, no solvent to clean brushes. When dry, the paint layer is waterproof and can quickly overlap both hides and lacquers. Acrylic paint is durable, elastic, resistant to aging, does not turn yellow, does not crumble.
All these advantages contribute to the growing popularity of this painting medium among contemporary artists.
Note: Using images of Ania Luk’s paintings can only be done with the written agreement of the artist.