Mystique – Original Oil Painting


Mystique is an award winning fine art contemporary oil painting of beautiful ballerina dancer Anastasia Tselovalnikova on a 91cm x 61cm (36″ x 24″) stretched canvas, produced in collaboration with Anastasia and exceptional photographer Dasha Nikonchuk. It’s such a dramatic, passionate, powerful and dark composition with a hint of sensuality. The deep shadows and subtle lighting in a chiaroscuro technique create atmosphere and further emphasise the drama and emotion.

The high resolution close up section is taken from my original scan file, so it’s extremely detailed and shows the exceptional quality of the original artwork.

This original painting was a finalist in the Visual Arts Open national art competition 2019, one of 6 paintings out of over 1,000 entries and was featured in an exhibition at the Chester Art Fair!

Mystique was also given an Excellence Award in Artavita’s 29th online art contest in 2018.

I create all original oil paintings entirely using a knife, in a limited colour palette and mixing only on the canvas, in a contemporary realism style. The technique employed is a form of segmented alla prima, completed in three wet on wet layers during each painting session: Firstly the dark shadows and undertones, then mid tones and finally the highlights and light glaze effects.

My figurative compositions are influenced and inspired by the realism and romanticism of my favourite post renaissance classical Masters and their timeless, romantic masterpieces. William Bouguereau in particular. They predominantly entail high contrast, dramatic lighting and shading, as I simply adore light and am fascinated with its arguably undue influence on any subject. With the subjects, I aim to capture a carefully composed aloof anonymity in a moody atmosphere with the drama, passion and emotion in a frozen realism, rather than characteristic individual representation of a traditional portrait.

Each painting is totally unique and painstakingly hand crafted by myself with extreme passion and fine detail in every aspect. An original oil painting is the ultimate art form for discerning collectors when only the very best in fine art is acceptable and they require a statement piece to adorn their home for many years. Whether the same original artwork remains in the same place year round, or several pieces are alternated with the seasons, original fine art says something about the collector’s taste and personality.

Unframed: This original is supplied unframed for discerning collectors who have a preference to purchase their own bespoke frame to suit their personal taste that complements both the artwork and their home décor.
Framed: As an option, this original can be supplied framed and ready to hang in an extremely high quality, 2cm deep, 5cm wide, textured solid black wood, contemporary frame, for a sophisticated contemporary appearance. See the loose frame images in the product gallery for details. Note that it’s shown framed and hung in a black and silver frame just for demonstration purposes.

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