Category: painting Subject: woman Mediums: acrylic paints, own technique
Materials: canvas Style: art deco, contemporary, cubism, abstract, realism
Size: 120 H x 80 W x 2,5 [cm] / 47,2 H x 31,5 W x 1 [in] Year: 2018
Painting Pattern 2
‘Pattern 2’ is a high quality one-off painting by Ania Luk. An original, emotional composition referring to the art deco painting, maintained in the current style, which combines cubism, abstraction and realism. There is a combination of a decorative pattern referring to the art deco with the image of a mysterious girl with dark hair. The unique, subdued colors create a sensual and elegant image in the form.
As Pablo Picasso once said, one of the co-creators of cubism:
“Every act of construction is an act of destruction.”
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 painting ‘Pattern’ was painted by the painter graduated at 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 painting fits perfectly with modern interiors. The leading colors – turquoise, navy blue, gold and copper.
The second painting from the series “Patterns”. Finished in December 2018, and together with the 1st painting from this series, in January 2020 become part of private collection in the EU.
“I like it that order exists somewhere even if it shatters near me.”
January 2019 – Cityscape 2019, the international exhibition of contemporary art at the CICA Museum in South Korea.
Firstly, 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.
Secondly, 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.
Moreover, art deco paintings are characterized by geometric shapes, elegant cuts and straight forward sophistication of clear cut, sleek, straight lines and boldness. Consequently, art from that period was characterized by a monumental, symmetrical (often simplified) composition with clear contours. Coloring is the predominance of bright, sometimes flashy colors. Above all artists working in this style returned to traditional themes – such as portraits, genre scenes (topics from everyday life), still life or landscapes. Most importantly, in these art deco paintings the female form is not a shy, rosy cheeked maiden lost in frills and ribbons but a bold and strong figure that is in command and control.
Certainly, art deco items are often characterized by simple shapes, usually simplified in appearance. In addition, they are decorated with geometric or stylized ornaments referring to flowers, animals and sunlight.
TOP ART DECO ARTISTS ARE:
Polish painter Tamara Lempicka (1898-1980), who spent most of her life in France and the United States
French designer best known for his jewelry and works made of glass – René Jules Lalique (1860-1945)
“I’ve always loved the fashion of the ’30s and everything that came with the Art Deco era – the jewelry and the glamour.” Emmy Rossum
Above all, 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.
“The fact that for a long time Cubism has not been understood and that even today there are people who cannot see anything in it means nothing. I do not read English, an English book is a blank book to me. This does not mean that the English language does not exist. Why should I blame anyone but myself if I cannot understand what I know nothing about?” Pablo Picasso
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.
“All art is contemporary art because it had to be made when it was now.” James Turrell
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.
“Why can’t modernist or contemporary work co-exist with realism? There seems to be little tolerance on either side.” Linda Blondheim
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.
Certainly, all these advantages contribute to the growing popularity of this painting medium among contemporary artists.
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