"For me, magical realism is not something fantastic, which, in principle, cannot be. It is something that could happen, some weirdness that you see or that you remember. This is déjà vu, this is paramnesia."
Tatiana An is a Ukrainian artist living in the Netherlands.
Painting "66" is the first of the "Samsara" series. In January 2019, I woke up in the morning and saw a series of numbers in my mind - 66,59,14,8,118.
I knew for sure that these were the names of my future paintings, and I knew exactly what would be painted on them. I painted five pictures in less than two weeks. I have never drawn so fast in my life. And I still don't know what these numbers mean.
She started painting when she was 5 years old, and she always knew that she wanted to be an artist. Tatiana graduated from the Ukrainian Institute of Publishing as a graphic artist and studied for three years at the Academy of Arts at the Faculty of Art History.
Painting "59" is the second of the "Samsara" series. In January 2019, I woke up in the morning and saw a series of numbers in my mind - 66,59,14,8,118.
I painted five pictures in less than two weeks. I have never drawn so fast in my life. later I painted five more pictures of this series, only without numbers.
Tatiana's creativity is influenced by many factors, including the current mood. In general, she is a very cheerful person with a positive attitude towards life.
"Acrylic is more convenient, it dries quickly and is easier to take with you on a trip. In addition, canvas painted with acrylic paints is more flexible than oil, which can crack in Acrylic paint is not easily damaged and always looks new. "
She draws inspiration from music, books, paintings by great artists, beautiful objects, fashion, color combinations in fabrics or interiors, dancing, flowers, clouds and sunlight.
"It's amazing how the sun can kill color. The most boring photographs are taken when the sun comes out from behind the clouds and illuminates the surroundings, but the best photographs are taken right before sunset. When the sun is still present. That's when you really can to see the full spectrum of warm and cold colors. It is this contrast that makes people more beautiful, and that's when people fall in love. This glow, this contrast of warm and cold, I try to display in every painting of mine."
Her main choice is acrylic paint. In life, she often had to move, sometimes very suddenly. Many times she had to leave her oil paintings and throw away the palettes.
Painting "14" is the third of the "Samsara" series.
All the paintings in this series are connected into one long "street", and they can be interchanged at your discretion.
"For me, the most important thing is to maintain the contrast between warm and cool colors. For example, when you use turquoise, you add a warm color next to it, such as ocher. Alternating strokes. This will make them stand out from each other, and the image will be clear and bright."
Black and Red is a diptych consisting of two still life.
The left still life symbolizes sadness, and the right one symbolizes love.
Love and sadness are always close.
Tatiana is a workaholic. She paints a lot and with gusto. Her style is magical realism.
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Due to the pandemic, I spend a lot of time in our garden.
Only now I realized how lucky I am because we have our own nature.
I try to depict every piece of our garden.
Recently, due to the pandemic, Tatyana paints a lot of still life, especially the interaction of glass and light. And yet, she began to turn to nature more often. It was the image of nature that became a priority in her art.
Every year my husband has a huge flower bed of poppies in our garden.
He grows them, and I paint them.
It was a sunny day, and I drew poppies, covering them with my shadow.
So I immortalized my shadow, decorated with poppies.