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Dreaming of Vladimir Putin


Size: 23.6 H x 23.6 W x 0.8 in

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Collage: Photo, Paint and Manipulated on Canvas and Wood.

Overpainted Photo Collage
Oil Colors, Acrylic Colors, Pastels & Treebark on Fine Art Canvas Print
© 2016 Martina Rall. All rights reserved.

Since a couple of weeks I am working on a Niki de Saint Phalle self-portrait for my icon portrait series. I admire the woman and the artist in her. To me and to my artistic work she is one of the most inspiring women artists of the 20th century. I could create dozens of Niki de Saint Phalle self-portraits. This artistic incarnation has become a real obsession to me. Niki is sharing my days and my nights. Artwork and daily life merge into one. What's in my mind is blended with how I feel and what I see around me.
Recently I had a dream of Vladimir Putin. He told me about the colors of Russia, earthy tones, yellows and browns and warm greens. These colors inspired me to this Niki self-portrait.

This collage is part of my series "Being Marilyn Monroe. Icon Portraits.", a series of self-portraits reflecting and expressing my admiration for and my identification with inspiring modern day icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, Maria Callas, Romy Schneider, Michael Jackson, Grace Kelly and Niki de Saint Phalle.
My icon self-portrait series is influenced by the work of surrealist female artists like Frida Kahlo and Niki de Saint Phalle as well as by Italian author Luigi Pirandello's post-modernist approach on identity theory. And it is based on a series of coincidences, that brought me to explore and re-think the inherent nature of portraying providing a practical meaning to the American poet William Carlos Williams' quote: «The artist is always and forever painting only one thing: a self-portrait».

Keywords: Vladimir Putin, Shooting, Woman, Self-portrait, Collage, Conceptual, Earthy Colors, Niki De Saint Phalle, Dream, Cartriges, Overpainted Print, Treebark

Subjects: Pop Culture/Celebrity

Styles: Conceptual, Modern, Portraiture, Figurative, Surrealism

Mediums: Photo, Paint, Manipulated

Materials: Canvas, Wood

Prints: Pop Culture/Celebrity Art Prints, Conceptual Art Prints, Modern Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Surrealism Art Prints, Photo Art Prints, Paint Art Prints, Manipulated Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints, Wood Art Prints

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