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An Artful Life - Curator: Sasha Soren (Author of 'Random Magic')

'Caballo Azul' ('Blue Horse) (date not specified) by José Parra. Oil on canvas. 60.96 x 43.18 cm (24 x 17 in). Part of a chess-themed series of works. Contemporary artist. // Artist commentary on this work: The hands of the lady mimic the moves of the horse on the game board. A white horse is reflected on the lenses of her glasses - probably her next attack. // Artist commentary on his general artistic philosophy: Painting is a mental and spiritual exercise. The process is finished when it's observed by the viewer, then the circle is complete. To me, painting describes the world of ideas, that's the reason behind these fantastic characters and places that might be a reflection of ourselves in an ideal world, rather than being an accurate mirror. A world poured on a canvas is not only a representation - it exists. // The reason this charming painting is in the Random Magic Tour collection rather than the Fantasy + Surrealism collection here is because of the vivid, suspenseful living chess game in the book 'Random Magic' by Sasha Soren, with all of its outlandish characters and colors. This could easily be a snapshot from those wild scenes. The chess game is mentioned briefly in this review at The Fluidity of Time: 'The whole chess game (described in exciting and fascinating detail) is somewhat ominous...': fluidityoftime.bl... // Found by @RandomMagicTour (twitter.com/...) - Sasha Soren

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'Contemplation' (date unknown) by contemporary artist Victor Nizovtsev. Oil on canvas. Giclée series available through McBride Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S. Victor Nizovtsev is known for painting luminous tableaus based on fables and fairy tales. The fairy tale reference here, of course, is mermaids. A mermaid makes a brief cameo appearance in 'Random Magic' (Sasha Soren). // Found by @RandomMagicTour (twitter.com/......

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Duray, Tibor (1912-1988) - 1944 Affliction (Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest) Oil on canvas; 150.5 x 100 cm. Hungarian painter, graphic artist and sculptor, winner of the Munkácsy Prize (1969). Between 1933 and 1936 he studied at Vilmos Aba-Novák's independent school. Oil on canvas; 150.5 x 100 cm. Hungarian painter, graphic artist and sculptor, winner of the Munkácsy Prize (1969). Between 1933 and 1936 he studied at Vilmos Aba-Novák's independent school.