Supergirl 4 – one-off artwork
Category: painting Subject: woman Mediums: acrylic paints, own technique
Materials: canvas Style: 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: 2017
Painting Supergirl 4
Supergirl 4, a one-off painting painted with own technique on canvas with usage of acrylic paints. An emotional, energetic and unique creation that is a combination of abstraction and realism, inspired by cubist painting. It presents a pretty girl with long black hair in pink clothes while exercising with a stretching fitness belt. The extraordinary composition and manner of depicting the figure of a woman and the background in which she is located. Fine-tune color and tone play so as to get a cheerful but at the same time a graceful painting. Expressive message, mysterious but positively tunable, as Pablo Picasso once said:
“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions”.
This high quality acrylic painting is painted on canvas with a lightly textured texture, without having to be framed ornamented because the edges are linen, not covered in any color.
Painted by a painter graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts – Ania Luk. Signed on the front and back, with a certificate of authenticity, protected by a semi-matte varnish. Painting Supergirl 4 is perfect for bright and gray rooms. The leading colors – pink, gray, silver, black, beige. Finished in November 2017.
The fourth painting from the “Supergirl” series. From May 2019 is in a private collection in Zurich.
In these series, I’ve been touching topics such as perfectionism and self-centeredness of a ‘Selfie-Generation’, which sometimes lead to narcism. Although these “supergirls” seem to live according to their own rules and to be very strong and decisive, they aren’t necessarily fulfilled.
The painting took part in a contemporary art exhibitions – the UK gallery Broadway Luxury and by the Daylighted Gallery in New York – William Vale.
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.
“If I have called Cubism a new order, it is without any revolutionary ideas or any reactionary ideas… . One cannot escape form one’s own epoch, however revolutionary one may be. I do not think my painting has ever been revolutionary. It was not directed against any kind of painting. I have never wanted to prove that I was right and someone else wrong… .” Georges Braque
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.
“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.” Wassily Kandinsky
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, and 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.
“Abstraction and realism work best together.” Ken Danby
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, but 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, and 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.