Reflection II

Reflection II – one-off artwork


Status: sold

Category: painting    Subject: woman     Mediums: acrylic paints, own technique

Materials: canvas     Style: contemporary, art deco, cubism, abstract, realism, minimalism

Size: 140 H x 70 W x 2,5  [cm] / 55,1 H x 27,6 W x 1 [in]    Year: 2020

 Painting Reflection II

Reflection II is an original painting, painted on canvas using own technique with the use of acrylic paints, combining a palette of warm and cold colors. This work was created from a mixture of metallic and non-metallic acrylic paints. Emotional, energizing and original creation maintained in the artist’s current style. Which combines geometric abstraction with realistic painting with a splash of art deco. The theme is the girl and her dreams. The original composition and presentation of the figure of a woman with deliberately distorted proportions of the body and the environment. As Salvador Dali, a Spanish artist and Surrealist icon, once said:

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”

There is a well-chosen chosen color scheme and tone game so to get a sensual image in reception while maintaining an elegant and warm form. An expressive, mysterious but positively tuning message.


This high-quality acrylic painting was painted on a linen canvas with a slightly visible texture, without having to be embedded in a decorative frame, because the edges are linen, not covered with any color. Ready to hang, with a brass fixing bracket on the back.

The painting Reflection II was painted by a painter graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts – Ania Luk. Signed on the front and back, with a certificate of authenticity, secured with a semi-matt varnish. Personalized hologram on the back of the canvas. This painting fits perfectly into modern interiors. Leading colors – orange, copper, blue, brown and beige. Completed November 2020 and sold at the beginning of February 2021 to join a corporate collection one of companies from the EU.

The painting was created with the mixture of metallic and non-metallic acrylic paints, which makes colours very interesting depending on how the light falls on them, as it’s presented below:

The first two paintings from this series were painted practically parallel to the idea that they could also create a diptych.It can be a classic diptych, where both paintings are hung directly next to each other, creating a diptych with a square size of 140×140 [cm]/55,1×55,1 [in], or they can be moved apart. In the latter case, the composition with ‘Reflection II’ on the right is recommended.

Diptych based on two Ania Luk artworks Reflection and Reflection II.


What we focus on outside is a reflection of what we feel inside.”

Art Deco

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.


Polish painter Tamara Lempicka (1898-1980), who spent most of her life in France and the United States

English painter – Matthew Charles Meere (1890-1961)

French painter, designer, poster artist and interior decorator – Jean Dupas (1882-1964)

French sculptor – Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929)

American painter and photographer – Charles Sheeler (1883-1965)

French furniture designer and interior decorator – Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933)

French painter, designer of advertising posters and designer of typefaces – Cassandre, pseudonym of Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron (1901-1968)

one of the great French illustrators of the beginning of the 20th century – George Barbier (1882–1932)

American artist and graphic artist born in Germany – F. Winold Reiss (1886-1953)

French painter, sculptor, engraver, fashion illustrator and interior decorator – Bernard Boutet de Monvel (1884-1949)

French designer best known for his jewelry and works made of glass – René Jules Lalique (1860-1945)

“Art brings out the grand lines of nature.” – Antoine Bourdelle


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.

“No high-minded painter of the last fifty years has been able to come to terms with his art without coming to terms with the problem of cubism.” Darby Bannard

Abstract Art

Most of all abstract art creates a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. It’s a result of 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.

“Whoever thought the immediate alternates with the immediate action is not an abstract painter.” Pierre Alechinsk

Contemporary art

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.

“One of the things I feel confident in saying we can do is bring some excitement, and challenges, to people’s lives. We want them to be able to embrace the unexpected.” Zaha Hadid


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.

“It is far easier to debate about realistic painting than to paint one.” Igor Babailov


Firstly minimalism is a style that uses pared-down design elements. Secondly it raised most strongly in 1960s and early 1970s. Thirdly it derives from the reductive features of Modernism and seems like a reaction against abstract expressionism and a bridge to post-minimalism art practices.

Finally, outstanding artists associated with minimalism include Donald Judd, John McCracken, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin, and Robert Morris.

Acrylic painting

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 is one of the advantages for some painters. On the other hand, this lengthens the process of image formation.

Another advantage of acrylic is that there is no need for 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.

Note: Using images of Ania Luk’s paintings can only be done with the written agreement of the artist.


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