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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

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“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″

Silent Night Chapel (1994)

This magnificent painting depicts the chapel in which the world famous Christmas carol “Silent Night” has been performed for the first time. In 2018 the 200-year-anniversary of this event that happened in Oberndorf, Austria, will be celebrated. Dara made this picture in 1994 during a more figuratively oriented phase. It adds a fantastic and modernistic twist to this traditional motif. While the stairs to the chapel and the building itself are embellished with ornamental motives, the imaginative surrounding creates a supernatural atmosphere. The creativity, inspiration, thoughtfulness, the muses and the positive spirits that must have swirled around the song composers Joseph Mohr (lyricst) and Franz Xaver Gruber when they made “Silent Night, Holy Night” becomes palpable on this painting.  With this post we would like to wish a wonderful and inspirational christmas time to you and your beloved ones.

 

Dara Zindovic (1994): “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night), acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 100 cm / 39,37″ x  39,37″

Untitled (2010)

Dara created this music-themed abstract painting in 2010. The conceptual framework is the slow Dissipation of things and their absorption into the past which is symbolized by the pink color that seems to slowly peel off from the canvas showing the green background. The same line of thought may apply for the golden line that horizonzally runs with an interruption through the painting. Together with the sparse circles it looks like the remains of a notation. Yet the remaining traces seem to emanate an even greater impact than the one they would have in their original preserved shape which also points to the power that memories can have, especially if they are connected to music.

Dara Zindovic (2010): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 120 cm / 23,62″ x 47,24″