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This painting is a comment on the ambiguity of gender. What started as a portrait of a young transgender woman resulted in a much bigger story. I chose to portray Neah in the centre of an intricate web of symbols in an attempt to convey a desire to escape alongside a contradicting desire to keep what was dear to her. 

The painting technique I've used here resembles the Flemish method of layering thin veneers of paint between layers of varnish. I start with pencils, pastels, and varnish. After that, I paint a lighter layer with acrylics and finish with a couple of thicker layers using a combination of mediums, often acrylics and oils, but sometimes gold leaf and inks.
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Wherever I Go They Follow
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Wherever I Go They Follow Painting

Iva Troj

United Kingdom

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Size: 39.4 W x 19.7 H x 1.6 D in

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This painting is a comment on the ambiguity of gender. What started as a portrait of a young transgender woman resulted in a much bigger story. I chose to portray Neah in the centre of an intricate web of symbols in an attempt to convey a desire to escape alongside a contradicting desire to keep what was dear to her. The painting technique I've used here resembles the Flemish method of layering thin veneers of paint between layers of varnish. I start with pencils, pastels, and varnish. After that, I paint a lighter layer with acrylics and finish with a couple of thicker layers using a combination of mediums, often acrylics and oils, but sometimes gold leaf and inks.

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Painting:Pencil on Canvas

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Size:39.4 W x 19.7 H x 1.6 D in

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Contemporary Art Excellence Artist of The Year 2016 and 2013 Towry Best of East England Award Winner, Iva Troj seamlessly incorporates her vast experience of traditional painting techniques with postmodern elements to create engaging Renaissance-style works that challenge the notion of societal conformity. Born in Bulgaria, based in Scandinavia and the UK, Troj creates work originating fundamentally in the crossing of two realities: the one she grew up in and the one she has embraced. “I’ve been told I have artistic talents since I was a little girl. The problem was I spent most of my time worrying about the meaning of it all. I grew up in a rough neighborhood, in the outskirts of Plovdiv. At times it felt like the whole place was full of violent men. My family was very strict, loving and protective of me so I managed to keep my head above water. I had to. I had talents and with talents came purpose. Art confused the life out of me nevertheless. I searched for answers and inspiration in books and magazines, but they were all full of submissive naked women, always looking in mirrors combing their hair, getting ready for bed, being chased, seduced, on their knees, or laid bare everywhere possible. They all looked like dolls in a strange play that a man somewhere was directing. I so wanted to just go in there and change them all.”

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