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Midnight Jazz art series
150 x 300 cm / triptych, mixed media on aluminum panel, backlight, 2023.
(Catalogue Number: DSC_4153-55)
About the Artwork:
"In the hushed silence of midnight, I heard the soulful whispers of jazz echoing beneath the moon's gaze. 'Moonlit Serenade' abstract painting is my ode to those fleeting moments, where music and moonlight dance in harmonious splendor."
The painting was created with acrylic 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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"Moonlit Serenade" from Andrew Manaylo's Midnight Jazz art series is a symphony of abstraction, where chaos and harmony beautifully coalesce. At the initial glance, the viewer is confronted by a riot of textures and layers that seem to challenge the very constraints of the canvas. The monochromatic palette, punctuated by flashes of gold and ochre, paints an enigmatic nocturnal landscape reminiscent of jazz notes floating in a moonlit sky.
Manaylo masterfully manipulates his medium, allowing the viscous paint to both reveal and conceal, much like the secretive interludes of a serenade performed under the cloak of night. The stark contrast between the dark, almost tar-like impastos and the ethereal, whisper-thin white spaces is reminiscent of the tension and release that characterizes the finest jazz compositions. It's as if one can hear the dulcet tones of a saxophone or the somber rumble of an upright bass emanating from the canvas.
The sporadic golden strokes, arguably, serve as the crescendo of this visual composition. They shimmer with an almost otherworldly light, reminiscent of the fleeting moments when the moon peeks through a cloudy midnight sky or the transient glow of a streetlamp on a foggy evening. These metallic notes provide warmth and depth, anchoring the abstraction in a tangible reality.
Manaylo's "Moonlit Serenade" is more than just a painting — it's a sensual experience. It invites the viewer to not only see but also to listen, to feel, and to lose oneself in the evocative world of midnight jazz. A true testament to Manaylo's genius, this artwork challenges, mesmerizes, and ultimately serenades those who dare to delve deep into its intricate layers."
Art critic, New York