About this work of Art
Title: Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 2020, No2
Bright Contemporary Abstract Painting
Medium: Acrylic Paint and Ultra-Chrome Inks on Canvas
Size: 80cm x 80cm
Frame Size: 83cm x 83cm
Frame Colour: White
Signature: Hand-signed by artist and dated 2020 on reverse
Series: Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 2020
Please note that in situ images are purely an indication of how a piece may look.
Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 2020, No2 is a bright contemporary painting by Anca Stefanescu. This work is from the Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 2020 series.This double portrait of the two men, two paralleled figures, shown side by side and in profile, was inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe’s photograph “Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 1984”
“I didn’t see Mapplethorpe’s photograph as a symbol of race relations, but more as a neutral background subjected to interpretation. And from this “blank slate”, with no built-in inherent meaning I assigned the significance rendered by the system of beliefs I express.
I don’t see two men, I see one, I don’t see races, I see humans, I don’t see black and white, I see colours, I don’t see a history of separation, I see nonduality and the essence of nonduality given by the experience of connection.” Anca Stefanescu
Anca Stefanescu is a Romanian artist, working and living in England, whose artworks utilize the combination and interweaving of both manual-painting and digital techniques.She presents the human body in partially abstract compositions, creating hybrid images which incorporate both computer-generated elements as well as material ones. By mixing digital with manual traditional painting she follows the idea of creating a half-conscious state for the viewer envisioning exhibits not as a succession of fragments recognizable from reality, but as triggers to look inward into the world of ideas free from any physical limitations.
Anca Stefanescu’s metaphorical and figurative paintings, explore the notion of identity and the settings that compose the texture of life in contrast with the concept of time and space in metaphysical interpretation.
“I ideate to create not just objects to be looked at, but an extension of my inner state, an out of the body experience that will give to the viewer glimpses from another dimension… Paintings are solidified feelings on canvas and when the observer is looking at them the feeling is again motion, moving out from the painting into the beholder’s perception.”
She studied painting from the age of twelve, graduating in painting and conceptual art.
After exploring performance art for several years following graduation, she came back to painting with the understanding that we are all in pursuit of happiness and joy, of emotions that transcend any egotistic limitations, believing in the energy of colours, in the power of healing since each colour vibration opens channels of communication with the divinity and wholeness within.
For Stefanescu creating gestural atmospheric paintings of flat grids crosshatched with fluid brushstrokes and pulsating in color and texture has a therapeutic effect.
“Art is the tangible form of what one mind creates, meaning the artist, for another mind that creates simultaneously, and this is the viewer. Art is no more than a co-creating process of which we can be aware without having the capacity while oriented in a physical body to fully comprehend or perceive with our humanly scenes. Each artwork I create I feel is preordained.”
- Size : H 80 cm x W 80 cm