'THE 20th CENTURY DICTATORS' SERIES
'The 20th Century Dictators' (2002-2009) is a series of oil paintings and digital paintings (presented as floor-adhesive prints, posters, wallpaper and textile design, billboard, and animation) that explores historical figures of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Mao Zedong and Stalin in contemporary context.
The animation 'Christ is Not an Aryan' was screened on Europe’s largest digital screen in 2007 on top of the Axel Springer Building and was dabbed as “one of three things to see in Berlin” by Bild newspaper (Germany) and BZ Magazine (Germany) at the time of the screening.
The image of 'Siamese Twins' painting together with Alla featured as ‘The Image of the Week' in The Times' Art Review. The ‘Full Figures’ paintings were published in the literary magazine Der Freund (Germany) in December 2005. Alla was named the 'Critic's Choice' by Saatchi Online for the series in 2007.
The series' artworks:
The series' artworks are exhibited in these 7 environs:
The series has been exhibited at Crone Gallery in Berlin, and on Europe's largest digital screen on top of the Axel Springer Building, Berlin in 2005-2007.
Environ 1. Naked Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Stalin, and Franco
Environ 2. ‘Heads’ and 'Dictators TM’
Environ 4. 'Limb composites'
This environ consist of two works: 'Group Portrait' wallpaper, and the digital animation ‘Jesus is not an Aryan’.
Environ 6. Double portraits
Environ 7: 'Memorabilia'
'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