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Africa (2002)

This painting by Dara both exposes the process of artistic creation and presents a theme in an epic and iconic way. Several layers of different colors are applied on a canvas which is a typical process of creating a foundation on a painting. While in illusionistic art the foundation would cover the whole of the canvas in order to render the production process invisible, in this work the founding layers end briefly before reaching the border of the canvas and strike with their raw, seemingly unprocessed margins. On top of the orange foundation is a brown surface with unven contours that looks like cardboard or a piece of fabric. It is superceded by a large orange circle that intersects with the brown surface thus creating an impression as if a circular part has been cut of the surface. While all these disjointed parts expose the means of artistic expression, the painting aquires a different meaning as soon as one learns that its name is „Africa“. The uneven rectangular brown form then becomes an abstract interpretation of the continent and the circle turns into a large hot sun looming above the dry soil. With this painting Dara created a beautiful hommage to Africa by carving out its essence and beauty. Dara Zindovic: „Africa“ (2002), 150 cm x 130 cm / 59,06“ x 51,81“

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Flowers 2018

Dara continues her artistic exploration of flowers by creating an imaginative reinterpretation of the theme – in front of a sublime background of liquid and tender colors Dara‘s flowers appear in a more evasive shape than ever. The blueprint of this new series looks half plant, half alien with no discernible leaves and two stems that form a helix. Surfaces with different colors are being created each time the stems intersect while the bloom has a chameleon-like surface and is surrounded by a captivating glow. The flower on the second painting has a more conventional structure, but the large flowing leaves on the thin elongated stem seem to hint at what it might have looked like had Dalì decided to paint melting flowers instead of melting clocks.

Dara Zindovic (2018): 2 x Untitled, acrylic on paper, 21 cm × 73 cm / 9,02″ x 27,95″

Colorful Stars (2018)

Dara’s latest painting has her return to her well established style of mixing together various elements that do not seamlessly fit together. Over an evenly spread yellow grounding a small formatted foundation in purple and in a more dotted painting style is placed. It seems to exfoliate towards the middle while the background and the arrangement of circles in the center exude a more powerful presence. The colorful patches represent an abstract cluster of stars – by putting them in an artificial environment instead of their natural context the painting assumes a pop-oriented and postmodern sensibility. Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 27,56″ x 27,56″ / 70 cm x 70 cm

“The Swan” (2018)

Dara’s ventures into the realm of figuration resulted in beautiful, lavish depictions of flowers thus far. This is the first time that she paints an animal and as a motif she chose a swan. With its simplicity and understatement the painting reveals the essence of this unique creature which lies in its majesty, poise, pride, beauty and elegance. The painting is presented in three versions: A photo of the painting itself, a juxtaposition between art and nature and the display in furniture shop in Salzburg.

Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 130 cm / 39,37″ x 51,18″

Large Size Flower Painting (2018)

Dara’s flower paintings just keep getting better and better. Here is another serene and delightful flower portrait with intertwined stems that create spaces filled with different colors which produces the look of a multicolored stained glass window. Tiny burgeons and abstract elements lead up to three huge balloon-like blooms whose dense red color stands in a contrast to the aerial color fields beneath them. These light surfaces are mirrored again by the yellow halo above the bloos that is accompanied by buds whose embrace creates the shape of a heart or the symbol of love.

Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on paper, 70 cm x 100 cm / 27,56″ x 39,37″

Flower 2018

The focus of Dara’s current works are flowers and on this particular new painting the bloom has the look of a shapeshifting solar crystal ball that carries all sorts of mysteries and secrets. It looms high above oval multicolored leaves and thin stems that are solidified by streaks of different colors. All these features add up to a magnificent depiction of nature that seems to be part of a splendid fantasy world.

Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on paper, 21 cm x 73 cm / 8,27″ x 28,74″

Brand New Works by Dara, January 2018

At this stage in her creative work Dara needs only few elements to create an exciting new work. With a paint brush here, a thin line there she creates exotic and outlandish flower landscpaes in which everything seems to fall into place effortlessly. While the first painting casts a panoramic view on a colorful flower field, the second painting depicts two flowers that look like two persons kissing each other. These exceptional new paintings by Dara combine a flamboyant atmosphere with romanticism and lots of sentiment.

Dara Zindovic (2018): 2 x Untitled, acrylic on paper, 30 cm x 30 cm / 11,81″ x 11,81″

Mars

A rare opportunity to view the planet Mars with the naked eye inspired Dara to create this abstract Portrait of the earth’s closest planetary neighbor. It was a fall night more than a decade ago during which sparkling stars surrounded the red planet that motivated Dara to captivate this event on canvas.

The planet Mars has been a subject of many earthly interests and projections in the past decades. Mars is being explored in space programs and plans are being made to make the planet livable for people in the long run. In popular culture Mars has often been portrayed as a threatening force in scenarios that were often projections of conflicts carried out on planet Earth (e.g. the Cold War). In musical and artistic projects inspired by the civil rights movement in the United States Mars obtained yet another meaning. It became an imaginary, utopian place for a life without discrimination, persecution or oppression.  It is this meaning which Dara’s painting picks up on. It is dedicated to all those who experienced violent expulsions or long-term alienations from or within their original environment, yet have not lost hope that there can be a place where they can find safety, protection and belonging. Transparent, mysterious creatures behind the red planetary surface stand symbolically for this hidden dimension of meaning that is not accessible to everybody.

Dara Zindovic (n.d.): “Mars”, oil on canvas, 130 cm x 130 cm / 51,18″ x 51,18″

Golden Lines – Big Canvas Adaptation

For the big canvas adaptation of the “golden lines” theme in 2011 Dara modified the various elements that are characteristic of the series. On the works made on paper the lower part has a playful look, but is still composed in a rather dense and tight fashion. On the “big screen” version there seems to be more space for the crowded multicolored patches. The texture’s lofty feel is enhanced by watering down some of the elements and by brushes of white color in order to soften and romanticize the eventful polytextured field. From the cloudy cottonlike top of the arrangement emerges a pink surface against a yellow background. The surface has a vintage look, since some of the paint looks like it is peeled off, thus exposing the supporting yellow background. This version of the golden lines series focusses on the theme of nostalgia, dreaminess, but also seems to be set on constructing a utopian, ideal world.

Dara Zindovic (2011): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 70 cm / 39,37″ x 27,56″

Untitled (2015)

This is a repost of a painting that was posted first two years ago. This time the colors on the image are closer to their appearance in real life – contrary to the opulence of the painting last posted, this painting belongs to a line of work by Dara that strikes with its simplicity. Its different sections look like cutout paper pieces that are put together as if to illustrate a view from a window whose sill is decorated with rose petals. As with other paintings in this style Dara experiments with the combination of different surfaces and underlines their stark difference with the crude manner in which they are joined together.

Dara Zindovic: Untitled (2015), Acryl on canvas, 50 x 50 cm / 23,62″ x 23,62″