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Painting: Paint, Printmaking and Acrylic on Canvas and Wood.

Overpainted Collage Print
Acrylic Colors on Fine Art Canvas Print
© 2016 Martina Rall. All rights reserved.

Since a couple of months 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.
This painting is inspired by Nikis shooting paintings. "I was shooting at myself... I was shooting at my own violence and the violence of the times." She was living for the creative process, the moment of shooting, the performance itself. The final artwork to her wasn't beautiful. It was dead, murdered.

This painting 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: Power, Red, Shooting, Targets, Woman, Self-portrait, Pop Art, Circles, Conceptual, Niki De Saint Phalle, Fire, Monochrome

Subjects: Celebrity

Styles: Conceptual, Portraiture, Pop Art, Photorealism, Minimalism

Mediums: Paint, Printmaking, Acrylic

Materials: Canvas, Wood

Prints: Celebrity Art Prints, Conceptual Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Photorealism Art Prints, Minimalism Art Prints, Paint Art Prints, Printmaking Art Prints, Acrylic Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints, Wood Art Prints

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