Artist's description:

This artwork won the International Prize 'The Best of Modern and Contemporary Artist' in 2015.

One of the founders of the prize, Prof Dr Salvatore Russo says: "Her painting is full of expressive and communicative force, ir's a set of meditations on liberating function of the color and drawing, on the power of a modern and refined figurative, to achieve the desired objective. The work of Daria Bagrintseva, stron of its beautiful handwriting and the intense chromaticism, moves within channels of visual and mental suggestions."

'Opium' painting belongs to the 'Miami Art Deco' series.

It is a balance between figurative and abstract painting. The paintings in this set fit perfectly into both contemporary and traditional interiors.

I created this series inspired by the spectacular, vivid, unusual and diverse architecture of Miami. The paintings reflect the cheerful and noisy night parties in the style of The Great Gatsby, passing among the splendor and luxury of nature in Florida, its tropical plants and flowers, colorful and noisy birds and animals.

I used acrylic, gold and metallic paints, as only with them I can do to achieve the desired effect of brightness, ricnhess, color intensity and lightness.

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Few flowers played such an important role in religion, mythology, politics, and medicine as the Poppy. Often found growing along roadside ditches and other humble places, these flowers have enchanted poets and helped doctors treat their patients for centuries. Besides the medicinal and edible qualities of the Poppy, the flower symbolizes some very deep emotions.

For many cultures, the Poppy is a symbol of:
Restful sleep and recovery
Consolation for a loss or death in the family
Remembering the fallen of various wars and armed conflicts
A lively imagination
Peace in death
Messages delivered in dreams
Resurrection and eternal life
Beauty and success
Extravagance and luxury
The symbolism of the Poppy varies greatly from country to country, but most of them share at least one or two common meanings for this particular flower.

All of the common Poppies used for landscaping, grown for edible seeds, or used for medicine share the common name of Papaver. This name is based on the Latin word for milk, pappa, due to the white and opaque latex sap that drips out when the stem or seed pod is cut. Some of the most widely used grown types of Poppies include the Papaver somniferum, the Papaver orientale, and the Eschscholzia californica.

The Poppy is one of the most widely used symbolic flower around the world. Ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman societies linked it with sleep due the sedative effect of the plant’s sap. The Greeks in particular tied it to sleep because of Morpheus, the God of sleep. The Victorians gave the flower a variety of meanings based on the color, including consolation for loss, deep sleep, and extravagance. Chinese and Japanese flower experts recommend the Poppy for couples because it means a deep and passionate love between two people, but white Poppies are tied to death in those cultures too. Other colors represent success and beauty in Eastern cultures. The red Poppy is the traditional flower of remembrance for Europe and North America because of its ties to World War I and II. Some people simply think it is a cheery sign of summer because of its size and intense colors.

The color meaning of a Poppy varies greatly. Some common connections include:
Red – Linked to death, remembrance, and consolation in the West. Symbolizes success and love in the East.
White – Used for funerals and memorials in the East, sleep and peaceful rest in the West.
Purple, Pink, Blue – Tied to imagination, luxury, and success.

Materials used:

Acrylic and Gold Paint on canvas

Opium (2015)

$14,000

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