Dear Friends, Artists, Collectors, Supporters, 

We hope this e-mail finds you in good health and you are enjoying the last days of spring.

The painting we are presenting in our second Work of the Month newsletter is called Are you still watching? (2021, oil on canvas, Ø 40 cm, available for sale) and is part of the series Mirrors by the young artist Maria Bordeanu.

Maria Bordeanu was born in 1982 in Bucharest, Romania. In 2001 she graduated from the Art Highschool “Nicolae Tonitza” in Bucharest. She studied at the National University of Arts in Bucharest and graduated from the Painting Department in 2005. In 2007 she obtained her Master Degree of Fine Arts in Painting, from the same University.
Her figurative paintings are focusing upon details of old masters and contemporary fashion with a very analytical eye and skilled technique. In her works the detail becomes the subject.
In 2006 she was awarded first prize at the Young Artists – Gala PRIMAVERA 2006, Bucharest.
Since 2011 Maria Bordeanu’s works are part of the Art in Embassies Collection, U.S. Department of State.
Soon she will participate at the London Art Biennale.

A recent project, still ongoing, is the one with Reflections. I’m preocupied to paint daily life in a series of mirror-works, an interpretation of our current reality. They can be also seen as a reflection of isolation, of landscapes and trails where few people are present, of reality seen indirectly. It keeps the timeless character of the works, an urban space reflected in nature. I am drawn to the fluidity of water and the images it creates.
At the beginning of this year, I started to paint some new compositions on round canvases. I am also interested to explore more image types in developing the Mirror series, incorporating text, close-ups and effigy-like images.
 “Are you still watching?” is inspired by the Netflix message, and I liked how it resonates with us: are you still keeping an eye on nature or the elements around you? Are you so hooked with technology or can you take a break from it? (quote by the artist).

We wish you a good start into the summer, 
Dr. Joana Grevers & the team of 418GALLERY
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