Friday, May 18, 2018

Enjoy the Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom right, details from:
"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 comic 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)

This painting is available for purchase. Get in touch if you wish to buy it.

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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)


OANA SINGA
"Hello, Light" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Hello, Light" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Hello, Light" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Hello, Light" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Hello, Light" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Hello, Light" (detail with signature), 2018

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:
"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)

This painting is available for purchase. Get in touch if you wish to buy it.

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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)


OANA SINGA
"She Says, He Says" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"She Says, He Says" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"She Says, He Says" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"She Says, He Says" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"She Says, He Says" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"She Says, He Says" (detail with signature), 2018


Friday, April 27, 2018

Happy Weekend!

Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom left, details from:
"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)

This painting is available for purchase. Get in touch if you wish to buy it.

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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)

OANA SINGA
"Renewal" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Renewal" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Renewal" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Renewal" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Renewal" (detail), 2018
OANA SINGA
"Renewal" (detail with signature), 2018


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Happy Weekend!


Oana Singa
Clockwise from bottom right, details from:
"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


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

See my artworks in person - Open Studio, Sunday, April 22nd

Come and see my artworks in person at my upcoming Open Studio in Alameda, CA, on Sunday, April 22nd, 1 to 4 PM.
For address and to let me know about your coming get in touch at: info@oanasinga.net.
Some of the paintings displayed will be available for purchase, with prices starting at $440.

Thank you and See you soon!

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In creating my paintings, I am deeply influenced and inspired by two opposing worlds: high fashion's glamour and drama, and the blunt reality that permeates our daily lives.
I often interpret, capture, and intertwine these worlds into my works, and some of my paintings convey a sense of irony at the absurdity of contemporary life.

I work in acrylics and prefer creating large scale paintings which are mostly abstract, but sometimes there are clear references to objects and text incorporated.





"Do Not Crush"

Not long ago I stumbled upon a powerful image that brought to my mind a strong memory of railway sets, and implicitly, of childhood.

In this painting I wanted to incorporate elements that made me think of innocence, and I did it in the form of stylized representations of train tracks, an oversized stuffed animal (a dromedary, the yellow and green shape), and a huge puzzle piece (the blue and maroon shape).
The train tracks are going all around the canvas, while the two large toy pieces take the center of the painting.

In words and text, I captured a few points that allude to maturity and the adult life. "Yesterday's Eternity" encapsulates the bitter-sweet truth and realization that good things, childhood, and beautiful naivete do not last forever. Next to it, smaller, is "Fragile" - like a warning, life is fragile, happiness is fragile. "This Side Up," like an order, could bring to mind obeying the rules. In red, the "DO NOT CRUSH" is like a plea - do not crush, well, happiness, feelings...

The last three texts and their background shapes were inspired by packing and moving materials.
Their rigidness and muted colors contrast blatantly with the rest of the free flowing and colorful forms throughout the canvas.

Like at the end of an old movie, "THE END," placed at the right bottom of the canvas, comes to conclude the painting as a story of life.

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OANA SINGA
"Do Not Crush," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (76 x 61 x 4 cm)

This painting is available for purchase. Get in touch if you wish to buy it.

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OANA SINGA
"Do Not Crush," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (76 x 61 x 4 cm)

OANA SINGA
"Do Not Crush" (detail), 2018 

OANA SINGA
"Do Not Crush" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Do Not Crush" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Do Not Crush" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Do Not Crush" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Do Not Crush" (detail with signature), 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

"On the Way to Somewhere Else"

Strong architectural and geometric imagery... Stacked feelings... Piled reactions... Crude colors and rough shapes.
The "weep," "cry," "laugh," and "pray" words written in large uppercase letters on the trunk pyramid are repeated several times in small characters in the upper left corner, and repeated again, altered, on the bottom left of the canvas.
The very large words, "THAT HURTS," encompass and summarize the whole feeling of the artwork.

The text was inspired by Fernardo Pessoa's poem, "I Am Tired."

"I am tired, that is clear,
...
Of what I am tired, I don't know:
It would not serve me at all to know
Since the tiredness stays just the same.
The wound hurts as it hurts..."


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OANA SINGA
"On the Way to Somewhere Else," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (76 x 61 x 4 cm)

This painting is available for purchase. Get in touch if you wish to buy it.


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OANA SINGA
"On the Way to Somewhere Else," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 x 1 1/2 inches (76 x 61 x 4 cm)


OANA SINGA
"On the Way to Somewhere Else" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"On the Way to Somewhere Else" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"On the Way to Somewhere Else" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"On the Way to Somewhere Else" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"On the Way to Somewhere Else" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
On the Way to Somewhere Else (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"On the Way to Somewhere Else" (detail with signature), 2018



Friday, April 6, 2018

"Quest for Tangible Absurdity"

Can you make sense of non-sense? Can you learn to accept both the absurd and the real, and to live with them, and in spite of them?

"Inexplicably Mimicking Him Hiccuping," can twist your tongue, or, in my case, can become an inspiration for a painting.
This delightful phonetic frivolity made me think of the abundance of non-sense we encounter constantly, and our reaction to it.
With their meaning of expressing strong feelings of surprise, anger, or pain, large white exclamation marks placed all around the canvas, point towards its center. These could be our inward emotions and reactions to the surrounding reality and absurdity.
In the lower right corner of the canvas, many small exclamation marks are clustered together, and they are leaving the surface of the canvas  they flow into the world. These could be our outward emotions and reactions to the surrounding reality and absurdity.

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OANA SINGA
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 76 x 4 cm)

This painting is available for purchase. Get in touch if you wish to buy it.


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OANA SINGA
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity," 2018
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (122 x 76 x 4 cm)


OANA SINGA
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Quest for Tangible Absurdity" (detail with signature), 2018


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"Plastic Perfect"

An advertising image of the high-end fashion brand Balmain for plastic boots from their Spring Summer 2018 collection (mind you, do not think some sad-looking plastic rain boots but some very fashionable high-heeled plastic ones) prompted my imagination for this painting.

From that high-end level I worked my way down, so to speak, and I incorporated more everyday text and aspirations – “Making up for Monday,” “61,” and “Any Given Sunday” (the last one repeated in cursive in several places throughout the canvas).

To bring it back to the original inspiration, “Plastic Perfect” and “Paris” complete my painting into something that resembles a collage-like artwork.

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

This painting is available for purchase. Get in touch if you wish to buy it.


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


OANA SINGA
"Plastic Perfect" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Plastic Perfect" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Plastic Perfect" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Plastic Perfect" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Plastic Perfect" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Plastic Perfect" (detail), 2018

OANA SINGA
"Plastic Perfect" (detail with signature), 2018