Surgery on the Unknown Patient - BEST IN SHOW, April 2020

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Price: 5,800.00 USD 5800 USD
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This work is based on my family archive photograph of my grandfather doing surgery. The photograph itself is very mysterious as it's not clear who is operated and who are all the other people, it is maybe badly printed and therefore really dark and unclear.
I find it interesting to see this lost past I don't know anything about even if I know the characters - by painting from old photographs I symbolically put my body in the documented past of someone, intrude it. I do find time scale oppressive thing - that you cannot be in even one second past or future and bound to be only now. Painting as a bodily practice is a symbolic effort to get out of it. The subject of surgery also corresponds with my intrusive, breaking the form and in a way surgical approach to painting.

Specific details

Name of Artist: Katya Granova
Width (inches): 63
Height (inches): 75
Media: Oil
Country: United Kingdom
Award: BEST IN SHOW - Cash award and free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
Judge's Comment: "Masked figures intently focus on a task about which we can only imagine. The gratifying spatial balance is achieved through connecting bold strokes and contrasting values in a meaningful way; the dual tension between characters adds to the compelling narrative—and endless speculation."