Pink Peonies Burst With Life In Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings By Maria Marta Morelli – Colossal



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#flowers #hyperrealism #oil painting #painting

March 13, 2022

Anna Marks

All images © MariaMarta Morelli, shared with permission

In the luxurious oil paintings of Maria Marta Morelli, delicate peonies bloom almost through the canvas. The works represent the Buenos Aires-based artist’s fascination with the cycle of time and the way flowers convey youth but also “the unbearable finitude of life,” she tells Colossal. “With their incredible, though fleeting, beauty and freshness, they fill us with hope and convince us that life is worth living.”

Morelli works as if using a macro lens, and sunlight, in particular, informs her practice. For each piece, she studies its effect on the textures and colors of the fresh flower throughout the day – “Sometimes objects are just an excuse to paint the light”, she says – and photographs the flowers alive, giving him a record to work on as they wither.

Often taking a month or two to complete a single work, the artist’s process is like a puzzle. She first examines the mixture of pigment and saturation in small abstract pieces, then brings the information together through careful layering and precise brushstrokes. This is the second or third application of the paint in which she sees her botany “come to life,” she explains. “I don’t work with more than three or four layers because I think the paint should also keep a certain freshness, like the flowers I paint. That’s why I try to apply the right color and value that I see on the model from the start.

Having started painting as a child, Morelli says this formative experience taught him to think of art as his own language. “Pictures can say much more than words, and even faster, we already know that, and through a painting, you can show a lot of feelings in a single message,” she explains.

Morelli will exhibit her works at Art Revolution Taipei in May 2022, and you can follow her practice on Instagram. (via My Modern Met)

A photograph of Maria Marta Morelli's hyperrealistic oil paintings of peonies and roses

A photograph of Maria Marta Morelli's hyperrealistic oil paintings of peonies and roses

A photograph of Maria Marta Morelli's hyperrealistic oil paintings of peonies and roses

A photograph of Maria Marta Morelli's hyperrealistic oil paintings of peonies and roses

#flowers #hyperrealism #oil painting #painting

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