Wednesday, March 20, 2019

"I'm Feeling a Little Peculiar" and "Cow and Fiddle," my two latest paintings

Hello!

My two latest paintings, "I'm Feeling a Little Peculiar" and "Cow and Fiddle," both having a dose of playfulness and irony.
You can read a short narrative about each of them on my website, and come see them in person at Oana Singa Art Gallery on 4846 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA, through April 30, 2019.


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OANA SINGA
"I'm Feeling a Little Peculiar," 2019
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches 

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OANA SINGA
"Cow and Fiddle," 2019
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches


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With my two latest paintings, 
"I'm Feeling a Little Peculiar" and "Cow and Fiddle,"
at
Oana Singa Art Gallery on 4846 El Camino Real, Los Altos.

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At Oana Singa Art Gallery 

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At Oana Singa Art Gallery

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Come visit
Oana Singa Art Gallery on 4846 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA

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Oana Singa Art Gallery

Oana-Singa-Los-Altos-Art-Gallery
Oana Singa Art Gallery




To hear from me directly via an email twice/month - with news, insights, my story, and new paintings – please subscribe to my News List, on my website's main page.

Thank you, and see you at the gallery!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Los Altos Town Crier newspaper article

"I don't want realism, I want magic!"

My paintings exhibition, "Oana Singa: Art Inspired by the Theatrical and the Absurd," runs through April 30 at my pop-up art gallery on 4846 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA.

The compositions I create are often deep and vibrant investigations of the life of our times. 
BUT, I always give a twist to reality and sprinkle a dose of playfulness, humor, glamour and extravaganza, and quite a bit of absurdist text like, "Come on Now, Imitate the Month of February," in my works. 

Come visit! Open on Saturdays, noon to 4 PM, and by appointment. 
For more info, please check my website: https://www.oanasinga.net/ 

Read the colorful interview I gave for the Los Altos Town Crier newspaper (it's a cover story, the whole article at page 27).




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At my Art Gallery in Los Altos, CA

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At my Art Gallery in Los Altos, CA

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At my Art Gallery in Los Altos, CA

Come visit my exhibition, "Oana Singa: Art Inspired by the Theatrical and the Absurd"





Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"Come on Now, Imitate the Month of February"

This was my last work of 2018! With the opening of the gallery, I get to post it only now.
And, by the way, this is the painting I chose for my gallery's poster.

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The Theater of the Absurd, a post-World War II form of drama, emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue. No wonder that I absolutely love this genre!

My painting was inspired by a dialogue in such an absurdist play by the great Romanian-French playwright Eugene Ionesco.

Come on now, try to imitate the month of February! And while at it, stop thinking and relax and enjoy the composition in front of you.

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OANA SINGA
"Come on Now, Imitate the Month of February," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches

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To hear from me directly via an email twice/month - with news, insights, my story, and new paintings – please subscribe to my News List, on my website's main page.

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OANA SINGA
"Come on Now, Imitate the Month of February," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (76 x 61 x 4 cm)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Fashion shoots with my daughter

Beauty, style, and inspiration -- I love doing these fashion shoots with my daughter. 

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And a photo with my husband.







Sunday, January 20, 2019

My Gallery on 4846 El Camino Real, Los Altos, California is Now Open!

Come visit and see my art, art inspired by my love for the Theatrical and the Absurd -- through April 30, 2019 (please see the hours and details on my website).

Energy, Strength, Irony, Vivacity, Story, Color!! -- my paintings employ a frenzy of bold colors and unconventional mixture of shapes, and quite a bit of absurdist text like "Come on Now, Imitate the Month of February.”

If you would like to hear from me directly via an email twice/month - with news, insights, my story, and new paintings – please subscribe to my News List, on my website.


Thank you!!
Looking forward to seeing you at the gallery!

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OANA SINGA Art Gallery 
on 4846 El Camino Real, Los Altos, Califonia

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OANA SINGA Art Gallery 
on 4846 El Camino Real, Los Altos, California

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COME VISIT!
THANK YOU!!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Coming Soon: my own Pop-Up Art Gallery

... on 4846 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA!

Come visit my gallery and see my art, art inspired by my love for the Theatrical and the Absurd – through April 30, 2019.

What an exciting beginning of a new year!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Enjoy a Perfect Tuesday!

It has been raining quite a lot lately...

Here is an interesting fact that might change your perspective toward dull weather: Cloudy days help us think more clearly and improve our focus.
A New York University professor said, "Sunshine dulls the mind to risk and thoughtfulness."

As for me, I love overcast weather, such days give me a cozy feeling.

Whether rain or shine, Enjoy a Perfect Tuesday!


Oana Singa

Saturday, October 27, 2018

"This Is Another Painting"

In “This Is Another Painting,” I assumed an incisive and playful standpoint, blended inspiration from a great variety of sources, and explored the ambiguities that come from mixing dissimilar images.

The results is a jumbled, yet happy and energetic composition.

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OANA SINGA
"This Is Another Painting," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 91 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"This Is Another Painting," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 91 x 4 cm)


Friday, October 12, 2018

Have a Beautiful Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom left, details from my paintings:
"Bleeding Love," 2018
"Bleeding Love,"
"I Understand Nothing," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Crak," 2018.

Friday, September 21, 2018

"Bleeding Love"

Why are there so many songs about love and relationships? And I do not think of silly love songs or silly lyrics.
Here is a possible answer: People sing about what moves them. We are moved by each other. Nothing more to it, really. Love is part of the human condition.

Similarly, I paint about what moves me. And love IS something that moves me.

Is love always happy? Perhaps everyone knows that No, love is not always happy.
Love causes suffering, sometimes a lot.
Do we give up on (seeking) love?
I do not think so.

In my painting, “Bleeding Love,” I touched on the subject of love.
The word “love” is literally bleeding on the canvas, yet there is nothing disconsolate in my painting. (By the way, I preferred “amour,” the Old French version of the word “love.” It gives that "je ne sais quoi," am I right?)

My positive outlook on life (and on its challenges) reflects on my work—whatever story I capture in my paintings, most likely it will have an optimistic, cheerful feeling.
Large saturated shapes—two curved shapes, one dark green and one violet, on the lower corner of the canvas and a bright yellow-green angular shape on the opposite corner—support the word “Amour” written diagonally, in large red-orange cursive letters.
The white flower is my representation of a four-leaf clover, a leaf widely considered a symbol of good luck, and also standing for faith, hope, and love.

As for my painting’s message, take it this way: We Love. We Lose. We Learn. We Love Again.

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OANA SINGA
"Bleeding Love," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (91 x 61 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"Bleeding Love," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (91 x 61 x 4 cm)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

"I Understand Nothing"

On a dense background inspired by an image of a jungle, I associated two very plain, yet very distinct observations.
“I Understand Nothing” muses on our ability to apprehend and understand the world.
The statement below it, “Your Nose Is Perfect,” is equally direct but it rings an entirely different tone – reading it will make you laugh, applaud, or simply leave you intrigued.

Do we find ourselves busier with small thoughts and matters, rather than being concerned with our status as conscious human beings?

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OANA SINGA
"I Understand Nothing," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 76 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"I Understand Nothing," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 76 x 4 cm)

Friday, August 31, 2018

Have a Flawless Weekend!

Oana Singa

Clockwise from bottom left, details from my paintings:
"Pop Soup," 2018
"Heels and Red Lipstick," 2018
"Pop Soup," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Heels and Red Lipstick."

Friday, August 24, 2018

OPEN ART STUDIO, Sunday, August 26th

Come and see my artworks in person at my studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, on Sunday, August 26th.
I will have over forty paintings displayed; twenty-four will be available for purchasepreview them here.

Contact me for the address and to let me know if you are coming: info@oanasinga.net.
Thank you and See you soon!
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Follow me on Instagram.

Oana Singa

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

"You Only Get One Shot"

I painted this piece while listening to Eminem’s songs, and after recently watching a powerful video about his life and his struggles.

Eminem's emotional and artistic range, his full of anguish and turbulent lyrics, and his way of expressing his personal experiences made a huge impression on me.

The text I incorporated in my painting, “You Only Get One Shot,” is from his song, “Lose Yourself.”

The repetition of the words “You Only,” on the left and the “Get One Shot,” written with very large, firm letters on the right, contrast with the chaotic background and bring strength and stability and determination and hope to the composition.

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OANA SINGA
"You Only Get One Shot," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"You Only Get One Shot," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"Post No Bills"

A graffiti street art was the starting point for this piece.

In the upper half of the composition, waves of yellow and orange colors, slices of pink watermelon, and an out-of-scale drink cup with a straw transmit a relaxed, summer vibe feeling.

In the lower half, the precise “POST NO BILLS” text takes the painting in a quite different, unexpected direction: funny, silly, real, non-sense, absurd.

Relaxation paired with unexpected reality.

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OANA SINGA
"Post No Bills," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 91 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"Post No Bills," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 91 x 4 cm)


Friday, July 27, 2018

Happy Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom left, details from my paintings:
"Flawless, Darling," 2018
"Let's Buy Stuff," 2018
"Flawless, Darling," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Thorns: The Pain We Hide Underneath," 2018.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

"THORNS: The Pain We Hide Underneath"

Exploring human feelings and emotions: Why do people hide their emotional pain even when they are very hurt?

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OANA SINGA
"Thorns: The Pain We Hide Underneath," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 76 x 4 cm)

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The message of this painting, which also gives its title, “Thorns: The Pain We Hide Underneath,” is written with red uppercase letters on a contrasting white background.

Triangles and geometric shapes move throughout the painting, and many pointed shapes are penetrating the text box from above and below. These piercing shapes express feelings and emotions conveying and reinforcing the painting’s message.

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Why do people hide their emotional pain even when they are very hurt?
"Hoping that we won't be discovered, we hide,
We might fake a smile, but are broken inside,
Of us, there's a side
That needs a guide
A person with whom we can confide
So we don't have to hide our true side;
When we say we are fine,
We lie.”
(Unknown author)


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OANA SINGA
"Thorns: The Pain We Hide Underneath," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 72 x 4 cm)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Happy Weekend!

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Clockwise from bottom right, details from my paintings:
"Flawless, Darling," 2018
"Hello, Light," 2018
"Pop Soup," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Flawless, Darling," 2018.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

"Flawless, Darling"

Chaos paired with sugary expressions.
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The overall feeling of chaos given by layers of rough shapes moving in every direction is softened by the sugary expressions "(It's) Creamy," and "Flawless, Darling."
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OANA SINGA
"Flawless, Darling," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"Flawless, Darling," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Happy Weekend!

Oana-Singa
Clockwise from bottom right, details from my paintings:
"Heels and Red Lipstick," 2018
"Disuse. Salute. Beautify," 2018
"Heels and Red Lipstick," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Disuse. Salute. Beautify," 2018.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

"Pop Soup"

A vibrant, lighthearted, naïve composition, with a touch of pop art inspiration.

The main element of this composition is a very colorful and free-form shape. Its curvy lines and many dots contrast with the geometrical shapes and lines placed around the edges of the canvas.

A large circle and a yellow speech bubble contain two unrelated, nonsense words – “POP” (written vertically), and “SOUP” (written diagonally). Two black Z’s have their own spot on a white background, in close company of the “SOUP.”

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OANA SINGA
"Pop Soup," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (91 x 61 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"Pop Soup," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (91 x 61 x 4 cm)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

OPEN ART STUDIO, Sunday, June 24th

Come and see my artworks in person at my studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, on Sunday, June 24th.
I will have over forty paintings; some of the paintings displayed will be available for purchasepreview them here.

Contact me for address and to let me know if you are coming: info@oanasinga.net.
Thank you and See you soon!
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Follow me on Instagram.


Oana Singa

Friday, June 15, 2018

Happy Weekend!

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Clockwise from bottom left, details from my paintings:
- "One the Way to Somewhere Else," 2018
- "Quest for Tangible Absurdity," 2018
- "Do Not Crush," 2018
and
myself, in front of "The World Around," 2017.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"Heels and Red Lipstick"

In this painting I put together several very different thoughts inspired by very different things.

With the text, “Random Gratitude,” I wanted to bring the concept of gratitude front and center.
With the uppercase text, “HEELS AND RED LIPSTICK,” I wanted to introduce an element of glamour.
Partially hidden and erased, the words “avocado” and “guacamole” (the latter written upside down) bring fun, surprise, and non-sense.

Long vertical white strokes loosely inspired by the shape of a tall cactus plants (on the left side of the composition); random numbers and symbols (in the center); black-and-white webs and thick and colorful lines (in the upper right part of the canvas) – are elements that bring their share of unexpected and complete my painting.

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OANA SINGA
"Heels and Red Lipstick
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Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 91 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"Heels and Red Lipstick," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 91 x 4 cm)


Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom left, details from my paintings:
"Disuse. Salute. Beautify," 2018
"Let's Buy Stuff," 2018
"Disuse. Salute. Beautify," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Hello, Light," 2018.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Disuse. Salute. Beautify."

A play on randomness and nonsense resulted in a dizzying composition with geometric shapes, distorted grids, and a street art vibe.
Bright reds and oranges and yellows… unintelligible graffiti writing, four-digit random number, stars, dots, curves, small target signs, ox, ox, xx…
Thin white flowy strokes moving throughout the entire canvas and standing out against the sea of colors unite everything.

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OANA SINGA
"Disuse. Salute. Beautify," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"Disuse. Salute. Beautify," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Enjoy the Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom right, details from my paintings:
"Do Not Crush," 2018
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity," 2018
"Hello, Light," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Musing in Her Garden," 2018.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Hello, Light"

A playful “HELLO,” written on a pop art speech bubble, brings a sense of humor and lightness to this composition.

On the top half of the canvas white and red flame-like strokes point toward the edges of the canvas like two forces that are pulling apart.

On the bottom half the neatly repetition of the word “Light,” creates order.

Chaos. Order. Playfulness.

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OANA SINGA
"Hello, Light," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"Hello, Light," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (102 x 76 x 4 cm)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Have a Beautiful Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom right, details from:
"Renewal," 2018
and
myself, in front of the same painting.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Happy Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom right, details from my paintings:
"Dot Silhouette," 2018
"One Foot in Front of the Other," 2018
"Let's Buy Stuff," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Quest for Tangible Absurdity," 2018.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

"She Says, He Says"

Since I have heard these lyrics,
“She says, ‘Do you love me?’ 
I say ‘Only partly, I only love my bed and my Momma, I’m sorry,”
(from the song “God’s Plan” by Drake), they have brought such a smile on my face.
These utterly simple and candid and matter-of-fact words, and the slow-paced and dispassionate and monotonous voice of the singer, capture so vividly the reality of relationships, and the questions and expectations within.

For my painting, which had the starting point in the lyrics above, I decided for a vibrant color combination – the primary hues, red, yellow, and blue – to convey a strong, straightforward, and undiluted message. With very large bright red letters I wrote “YES” and “NO” in the background, on a diagonal running from the bottom left corner to the upper right corner. I repeated these two words, written in reversed and on a smaller scale, on the opposite diagonal of the canvas. Several arrows connect and point to or from all these words and create rhythm.

I wrote the main message of the painting – “She says, ‘Do you love me?’ He says ‘Only partly’” – with black uppercase letters on a white brush stroke resembling a flowing ribbon to give movement, and I chose the black-and-white combination to create contrast with the rest of the colors, and to make them stand out.

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OANA SINGA
"She Says, He Says," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (91 x 61 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"She Says, He Says," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (91 x 61 x 4 cm)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Happy Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom left, details from my paintings:
"Sunset for Two," 2018
"Plastic Perfect," 2018
"Sunset for Two,"
and
myself, in front of "Plastic Perfect."

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

"Renewal"

An explosion of bright colors in the background, spontaneous representations of objects (a black-and-gold oversized saxophone) and shapes (black-and-white leopard print), and the “THIS IS IT” message, give this painting a cheerful and carefree feeling.

Next to “THIS IS IT,” which is written confidently in uppercase red letters on a contrasting white background, I painted a large amorphous black shape – to give the words weight.

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OANA SINGA
"Renewal," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 91 x 4 cm)

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OANA SINGA
"Renewal," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 91 x 4 cm)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Happy Weekend!


Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom right, details from my paintings:
"On the Way to Somewhere Else," 2018
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity," 2018
"Do Not Crush," 2018
and
myself, in front of "Who Am I Talking Here," 2018.