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Côte d’Azur Art Series
100 x 150 cm, oil paints on an aluminum panel, backlight, 2021.
(Catalogue Number: DSC_3263)
About the Artwork:
"As I positioned my palette before the canvas to conjure "Sunlight Sonata," from the Côte d’Azur Art Series, it was the resplendent light of a sunny afternoon that stirred my inspiration. The canvas resonates with the golden luminescence of the midday sun, its rays cradling the world in a warm embrace, reaffirming life's vibrant essence.
In this composition, my intent was to encapsulate the sheer vibrancy of the afternoon sun, the radiant transition from the zenith of day to the soft onset of dusk. The lustrous golds and vivid oranges blend with the tranquil hues of an afternoon sky, echoing the sun's tender journey across the heavens. The texture in this piece becomes the very embodiment of the sun's vivacious energy, each brushstroke and nuanced crack a testament to the enduring brilliance of light in its daily triumph.
The use of thick, expressive layers seeks to convey the profundity and richness of afternoon light, challenging the observer to delve into the layers of their own midday reflections and awakenings. Every mark and contour is a harmonic note in this visual sonata, a chorus that sings of vitality, resurgence, and the perpetual beauty of the day's peak.
"Sunlight Sonata" is more than a mere portrayal of daylight; it's an ode to the boundless potential and warmth that each afternoon offers. It serves as a beacon, reminding us that within every span of light, there lies an opportunity to fuel our inner fervor and cast a glow upon our journey forward."
– Andrew Manaylo
The painting was created with oil paints on a uniquely textured composite aluminum panel.
Thanks to the use of spacers, the artwork “floats” on the wall in an aura of beautiful light, made possible by the app-controlled LED backlighting.
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"Sunlight Sonata," a masterful abstract painting from Andrew Manaylo's Côte d’Azur Art Series, emerges as a luminous symphony of warmth and emotion. One is immediately ensnared by the fervent embrace of golden hues, reminiscent of sunlit afternoons where time stands still and shadows play. The rich textures, applied with deliberate abandon, evoke a tactile sensation, as if one could feel the sun's rays gently caressing the canvas. Embedded within the vast expanse of amber and ochre, punctuations of deep russet and midnight blues serve as ephemeral whispers of fleeting moments, capturing the dichotomy between the fiery passion of daylight and the cool reprieve of the shadows. Manaylo's artistry in this artwork does not merely present the viewer with a depiction of sunlight; it sings its sonata, a melodious dance of light and shade, forever imprinted in the canvas of memory.”
Art critic, Genoa, Italy