Stalin

Jun 17, 2020

By adpenu

Born in 1987, Transylvania, I showed proclivity towards drawing from a young age, copying Rembrandt sketches from a book my grandmother bought me from an antiquarium. At that time painting didn’t interest me, it seemed too messy and permanent. I don’t mind the mess anymore, I make plenty of it in my South London studio and the permanence of my work is what drives me to improve my painting skills, so my grandmother would be proud of me. -- SaatchiArt store: https://www.saatchiart.com/adrianpenu

3 thought on “Stalin”
  1. I’m drawn to the people in this. It feels very early / mid 20th century – its the colours and hats. I’m curious as to the story behind it.

    1. The source for this painting was a photograph taken at a science fair in 1920 and the robot in the image was a fortune telling machine to entertain the public, like the ones you see in fun fairs.The people are facing this machine curiously and attentively ignoring or not realizing that it’s a farce. I used this image for the oil painting as a metaphor for the influence of mainstream media on the public and the magnetism it has making us believe things that for a critical mind would seem irrational. The dumb cold stare and the smirk becomes hypnotic and the people melt into a faceless mass, that’s why the brushwork is loose in that area of the painting in contrast with a tighter execution in depicting the robot. I chose the name Stalin due to his nickname as ‘Man of Steel’ and to give a menacing feel to the artwork. Hope that gives you an idea about the meaning of the painting..

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