Alexandra Pospelova: What I Believe

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Take a look at the acrylic paintings and learn the philosophies of this Russian artist who now works in New York City.

by Alexandra Pospelova

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Alexandra Pospelova, “Acquiescence,” acrylic on paper, 20 x 30 in. The portrait paintings featured here were made on a heavy watercolor paper and painted with acrylic. In my newer work I also use acrylic paint but I chose canvas as my surface.

I believe that for art to be effective, it should reflect skills and knowledge, communicate by inspiring feelings, and possess a sense of beauty.

Without communication, art loses its purpose and makes it nonsensical to share with others. Therefore, my work focuses on the role of art in the modern world and what art should represent as a truly creative form. It takes a personal view on determining what art and an artist is at the present time.

As my subject matter, I start with human forms, sometimes derived from classical sculptures. My distinct voice is in finding hidden forms in all living things — especially those not seen with the naked eye. I want the viewers to pause and make them attentive to the things that need more attention in order to be fully discovered. When people view my work, I want them to understand this comparison and force an awareness of how important it is to acknowledge traditions and to be able to take a new look at these traditions in order to create a modern masterpiece.

I believe that an artist should not forget tradition while breaking new ground.

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Alexandra Pospelova, “Hello, Sadness!” acrylic on paper, 30 x 40 in.

Why Acrylic?

The reason I choose acrylic over other media is because acrylic paint is the most versatile medium. It can be used like oil paint in many ways and can be thinned with water and other mediums and used like watercolor.

Acrylic paint properties such as thickness, shine, drying time, and texture can be modified, which gives an artist more room to experiment. Also, there are many options for acrylic painting surfaces; it can be used on paper, canvas, wood — basically anything that isn’t too glossy.

I also like the fact that acrylic paint dries rapidly, so there is no need to wait between painting sessions for layers to dry and I can work in multiple successive layers without muddying the colors.

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Alexandra Pospelova, “Contemplation,” acrylic on paper, 30 x 25 in.

Advice for Painting with Acrylic

The advice I would give to someone interested in learning how to paint with acrylic is to not be afraid to experiment with mixing the colors. But first and foremost, you want the colors you are using to work well together. Therefore, understanding color theory is crucial in learning how to paint with acrylics.

The reason I use greenish hues in these particular portraits is because green is often associated with a lack of experience and need for growth. I was exposed to adulthood pretty early: coming to America at 17 years old was really challenging for me.

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Alexandra Pospelova, “Musing,” acrylic and Sharpie on paper, 30 x 20 in.

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Alexandra Pospelova, “Revelation,” acrylic on paper, 20 x 35 in.

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