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The Swan Chronicles II - Limited Edition of 9 Photograph

Nikolina Petolas

Croatia

Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 0.1 D in

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From the series that gained multiple international awards. 2020 - 2nd Place Winner, Lollipop Series, IPA Awards, Digitally enhanced 2020 -1st Place Winner Single image, 'The Smuggler of Happiness', The 15th Pollux Awards, Digital manipulation & collage 2020 - Honorable mention, The 15th Pollux Awards, 'The Tree House', Digital manipulation & collage 2020 - Honorable mention, The 15th Pollux Awards, 'Green Tendencies', Digital manipulation & collage 2020 - BBA Gallery Berlin, Photography contest, Longlisted 2020 - PX3 - Honorable mention, Professional, Fine Art, Digitally enhanced 2020 - Nominee, FAPA FineArt Photography Awards, Professional 2019 - Gold medal, ND Awards, Professional fine art 2019 - BIFA AWARDS, Honorable mention, Collage professional 2019 - IPA AWARDS, Honorable mention, Special PRO 2019 - Finalist, Donggang festival 2019 – Bronze winner, FAPA FineArt Photography Awards, Finart, PRO Inspired by my childhood dreams and further encouraged with my lifelong love for nature and animals, I wanted to create worlds where animals exist as equal characters, as narrators of a modern fairy tale, who share with us the same environment. By creating peaceful, strange and even humorous situations and twisted animal habitat sceneries which exist somewhere between material world and imagination, I want to share my dreamscapes and visions, and offer a visual escape from harsh and often cruel reality. ‘Tale of the Blue Pear’ was inspired by my childhood, but it is also encouraged with experiences and relationships which I experienced though life. It is a journey to imagined parallel worlds which exist with our own. In these worlds other rules apply, animals and humans exist in harmony, fish can fly, animals can talk, and many great things can happen. Animals and humans share the same body and surroundings, there is no hierarchy here, and everyone is equal. Although some settings are for example placed in historical interiors, in other scene we can see that these interiors float in outer space. These worlds are not determined by specific time or place, they exist independently and are unique for every viewer. My hope is that the viewer will pause, even for a while, and dive into these worlds, which at the same time connect familiar surroundings and unfamiliar situations. Although my idea will always be present in the series, I want to encourage viewers to let their imagination form their own conclusions. The animals in my work are not always animals as we normally know them - they are mostly personified, participate equally in these stories, and have the role of narrator and guider through these surreal worlds. They even show us the animalistic side of human nature. They raise questions about the situations they found themselves in, about the awkward surroundings where they don’t belong. My works are complex photo collages from photos I've taken over the course of 15 years. It is a long process of combining carefully selected photographs and illustrated parts, which are then transferred to computer and digitally painted. "I am inspired by my surroundings and I see potential in various everyday things and relations, people, nature, architecture, even food. I see them sometimes as fragments of my work. Most of the time they stay just that, fragments, and sometimes they become unified into a whole and therefore start to exist as a part of my sceneries. By using real life photographs and textures I give my work a feel of realism, although the themes are far from being realistic…" Giclée on Hahnemühle mould-made, museum quality, acid free paper, printed with white border. Each print is signed, numbered, and accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity and serial number, using secure holographic identification. Prints are sent unframed. Also available in other sizes. Feel free to contact the artist or Saatchi support if you need other size or for any works not seen in the gallery. Contact curator@saatchiart.com for more information. All quoted dimensions represent the actual printed image size, not the paper size.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:11

Size:31.5 W x 31.5 H x 0.1 D in

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Inspired by nature, societal observation, and the world of fantasy, Croatian artist Nikolina Petolas opens the door to secret places where memories, desires, and the subconscious converge, existing somewhere between real life and imagination. Through allegory as a means of expression, she discovers a parallel world woven into dreams and disrupts our perception of reality. In her symbolic visual stories, Nikolina creates a deep narrative with profound compositions in her unique style by blending contemporary digital techniques with photography or through traditional painting. Nikolina's distinctive artistic style has captured the attention of prestigious clients such as Ferragamo and Marriot, with whom she has collaborated closely. Recognized in the field of contemporary surrealism and featured in numerous art books and publications, she also has a notable inclusion in 'Lexikon der Phantastischen Künstler' by Gerhard Habarta. Her signature Blue Pear series has gained worldwide recognition, earning numerous international art awards. Her impressive portfolio has been widely acclaimed and exhibited in galleries and museums across Europe, the United States, and Asia.

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