Subtle Confidence – Original Oil Painting


Subtle Confidence – Vlada Borodulina is a beautiful ballerina dancer fine art original oil painting, produced in cooperation with Elena Stepanova and created on a 91cm x 61cm stretched cotton canvas using a knife, as is my trademark technique, in a limited colour palette and mixing only on the canvas.

The minimalist abstract background adds to the atmosphere without distracting from the subject. There’s a very high level of fine detail in this carefully composed, contemporary but photo-realistic painting, full of complementary earthy colours. The ballerina model is simply beautiful. There’s a hint of sensuality in her carefully composed pose, full of hidden meaning, passion, drama and emotion and the abundance of earthy tones add to the subtleness.

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.

I was very fortunate to be interviewed by the editor Sarah Rodi for a feature in the January 2019 edition of Berkshire Life magazine, as shown in the product photo. The theme of the issue was Confidence, hence my painting Subtle Confidence was a perfect match!

Also in January 2019, Superior Magazine very kindly interviewed me for issue #66 of their online magazine. Subtle confidence was featured on page 16 (index) and page 103 as shown in the product photos. The full interview is in my Publications page.

I was invited to exhibit at the London Summer Art Exhibition – The 2019 Summer Show in La Galleria, Pall Mall in June 2019 and Subtle Confidence was chosen to feature. During the opening night private view, Subtle Confidence caused quite a stir and one the visitors even tried to emulate the composition, as shown in the product photos.

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.

Because there can be only one…

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This beautiful original oil painting is reserved for the following exhibition and I will be in attendance each day for a while, so if you will be in the area and plan to visit, please let me know…

13 – 17 May 2021: ART – World Trade Centre, Taipei, Taiwan.


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