'THE 20th CENTURY DICTATORS'
This series of oil paintings, digital prints, wallpaper/textile design, and animation explores the historical figures of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Mao, and Stalin.
The series was exhibited at Crone Gallery in Berlin in 2007 and featured in international press and media. The Times (UK) called 'Siamese Twins' ‘The Image of the Week' in 2003; the Saatchi Gallery named it the 'Critic's Choice' in 2007. 'Christ is Not an Aryan' animation was screened on top of the Axel Springer Building in Berlin in 2007 and dabbed as ‘one of three things to see in Berlin’ by Bild and BZ. Full figures of ‘The Dictators’ were published in Der Freund magazine in 2005. Other images featured in Berliner Morgenpost, Sleek magazine, and Die Welt.
The series is composed of these artworks:
The series is intended to be exhibited as these seven environs:
Naked Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Stalin, and Franco
‘Heads’ and 'Dictators TM’
'Group Portrait' wallpaper, and animation ‘Jesus is Not an Aryan’.
'5D INSTIGATIVE HEADS' SERIES
‘5D Instigative Heads’ is a pioneering experimental work that transforms the production and consumption of representational art through digital technologies. The ‘Heads’ are 3D scans of facial expressions painted in oil (texture maps) and then digitally merged, moulded and deformed in space and time (3D modelling and animation), integrated with electro-acoustic landscapes and augmented reality, printed in 3D and projected.
Breaking with the conventional 2D representation in art, the ‘Heads’ demonstrate:
Further explorations include:
Exhibition equipment requires short-throw projection, screen, computer, infrared lamp and camera, web camera, sound system, and augmented reality equipment.
These paintings of the world-renowned opera singers depict them in roles in Royal Opera productions:
Sir John Tomlinson - as Boris Godunov, Boris Ismailov, Méphistophélès, Hagen, Hunding, and Asterious
Dmitri Hvorostovsky - as Onegin
Sir Bryn Terfel - as Wotan
Dame Felicity Lott - as the Marschallin
Angela Gheorghiu - as Magda
Sir Willard White - as Coppélius
Sir Thomas Allen - as Alfonzo
Jose Cura - as Samson
Marcelo Alvarez - as Werther
Created from life, the images portray the singers while they portray their characters on stage. These are the representations by both, an artist working in the visual fine art medium and the artists working in the medium of opera singing.
Sir Bryn Terfel: “Wow. The portrait looks fabulous. I love it. And it is exactly what I did on the stage. Thanks for that.”
Sir John Tomlinson: “Alla captured so vividly and with such insight the characters I played on stage reaching into the very soul of these creations.”
Sir Thomas Allen: "Thank you, Alla, so much for your portrait of me as Don Alfonso. I look like one of those awful men referred to as a lounge lizard. You captured him well. Brava."
Exhibited at: the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Opera House Shop, and Russian Culture House in London