Emerging artist Ana Popescu defines her work as something between illustration and art: “I don’t see myself as just [illustrator or artist], and I think my work reflects this blurred line. I also grew up in France reading comic books, so drawing and illustration was always very present.” Romanian born Popescu studied printmaking and drawing at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and has continued to explore a variety of mediums through which to execute her artistic pursuits.
Her latest series, Homes, is a series of acrylic paintings on paper that she has used to illustrate a utopian view on the concept of home. Unlike the conspicuous hatching technique used in earlier series like Life on Mars, it is a little less discernible in her new series given the more even coverage of the acrylic paint. Texture has been explored further, however, with ubiquitous stippling across every work. Popescu has also pushed the relationship between light and shadow – upping the contrast and creating pronounced forms out of shadowed areas. The exaggerated colours, the distorted perspectives and the emptiness of the living spaces and their surroundings make the work distance itself from known reality to depict a new one. The work bears the characteristics of an intimate living environment that have been corrupted by a deliberate artifice. These new architectural excerpts like the inside / outside views are the assembly parts of new integral spaces the artist is keen to probe and push boundaries for.
Homes is also inspired by mid-century villas and landmarks of post-modernism from around the world – especially from Palm Springs. “I was first inspired by houses in Bucharest from the 1930s and then I discovered the Palm Springs mid-century modernist villas.” says Anna. “They were exactly what I was looking for: a fascinating example of shapes combined with a surreal landscape with wonderful colours and light. It fitted my other fascination: summer and water.” David Hockney has also been a clear inspiration; his trademark methods of playing with representation and artifice reflected very much throughout the series. Although explorative on a conceptual level, the artwork remains aesthetically uplifting and engaging; the kind of thing we would definitely want adorning the walls of our home.
Ana Popescu: popescuana.com