Freedom and Liberty

Freedom. Fine art original oil painting on a 91cm x 61cm stretched canvas created in 2017 using a knife. Produced in cooperation with Alex Kriftsov. Original available.

Soooo. at popular request by a few people who are very close to me, I did two versions of this, as an experiment. An extremely rare event for me. Freedom – A Classic R Young Art style, of course, and Liberty – a looser, more contemporary, richer version. Whilst the photo’s are blurred (pending scans), the contemporary version has over 4 times the volume of paint on it. ‘I love the smell of oil paint in the morning’ It’s deep, thick, rich, oozes texture and likely smells on a par with a masseuse in the interior of a showroom Bentley, compared with the soft, delicate refinement of my classic style. It will be an interesting feature in an upcoming unveiling critique session! Trust me on this one!
Anyway, to the point, what do YOU think? I have my opinion at present, though maybe I am blinkered.
Oh, and btw…, there’s good reason why she’s positioned slightly differently. It’s obvious? Sa? After all, you do consider all aspects of composition in a painting! Surely…! And with the lighting, there’s something different from my usual style that was very necessary for both techniques, but you realise that! Have fun…


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Starving Artist, burning the midnight oil and candle at both ends... The style of my artwork is modern, yet classical. Predominantly figurative, the tendency of my artwork is towards carefully composed anonymity, capturing the emotions and self belief of the subject, rather than characteristic individual representation. The creation of figurative artwork not only depicts the emotions of the artist, it transforms the artist's emotions. Art should be proudly displayed, carefully scrutinized, and in order to benefit to the fullest extent possible, it should be understood from the perspective of its creator - the artist. My figurative artwork is sensual and my ballerinas and dancers are passionate, moody and emotional. My preferred lighting, shading and contrast are dramatic. I simply adore light and am fascinated with its arguably undue influence on any subject. I delve extensively between the extremes of highlights and lowlights in my artwork in a chiaroscuro technique, occasionally minimalist, often leaving the viewer's mind to complete the picture and to add depth. I always strive to create an atmosphere in whatever I produce, at the highest possible quality and using either a knife or brush and a very limited colour palette of oil paint or pastels, usually alla prima, mixing and blending only on the canvas!

One thought on “Freedom and Liberty

  1. They are both fantastic – but I think I prefer the Freedom version a tad better. The other is very nice – something about this subject calls out for the more realistic version. But that’s just me.

    Thanks for sharing.

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