About this work of Art
Title: In the Mood for Love, No9
Original Abstract Figurative Painting
Medium: Acrylic paint on 100% cotton mould made 300gsm paper
Size: Painting size 27cm x 21cm / Paper size 30.5cm x 22.9cm
Frame Size: 50cm x 40cm
Frame & Passepartout Colour: White
Signature: Hand-signed by artist and dated 2020
Series: In the Mood for Love
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In The Mood for Love, No9 is a contemporary abstract painting by Anca Stefanescu. This work is from the In the Mood for Love series. “My practice revolves around how I perceive physical reality, life forms and spaces from humans, plants, birds or animals to landscapes. I like to identify with them at an emotional level, and to create biomorphic forms or images recreating a reality that while abstract nevertheless refer to, or evoke, living forms such as plants and the human body as energetic vibrations. In my interpretation the colour spectrum contains all the vastness, variety and complexity of human emotions.”
Anca Stefanescu has created ‘In the Mood for Love’ series of profile portraits, united with a single kiss, based on her experience of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I painted a small size series of portraits using paper as support and acrylic as medium. Paper works particularly well for evoking fragility and delicacy and resonates with the feminine part yet this particular mould made paper I used has a rough, unbreakable aspect associated with masculine attributes. We are in a relationship in process, dividing and uniting with our opposite. The two sexes are metaphysically equal yet creatively opposite, divided from and united with each other, carrying out the purpose of creation.”
Bridging abstraction and figuration “In the Mood for Love” portraits are contractive yet expansive, emotional yet logical, an intentional approach that is part of Stefanescu’s personal journey in re-interpreting both the masculine and feminine condition.
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 30.5 cm x W 22.9 cm