Eastern European artist Aushra’s current work is a nicely crafted piece of Oil on Canvas that feels to perfectly capture the essence of musical scene, no doubt capturing the frenetic energy of a Jazz Musicians soul captured so eloquently from her scene where she currently lives in Eastern Europe. The piece itself is a striking combinations of colors that hearken to the darkened cafe’s of a nightlife that’s alive with the sound of trumpets, saxophones, piano’s, heavy beating bassists and the crooning of singers both passionate and desperate to make a scene and become noticed, but lost in their artwork and the immersion of the crowds complete and total compliance to the joy that they bring.
What truly gets this reviewer starting off regarding the composition of the painting itself is the use of color. It’s darkened within the lower right third of the image, but quickly brightens upwards towards the upper right, drawing the eye more towards the center where the central figure of the bassist sits, with the trumpeter up above. Personally it seems to evoke the feelings that the musicians themselves feel lost in the movement of their playing. The darkness of the time of night and the cafe not penetrating the harsh glare of the lighting above that illuminates the music they produce. If you’ve ever been to a cafe of that sort you’ll tend to see what I mean, especially given how the artist herself expertly uses shadows within the composition itself to paint the central figure himself almost as a light source, drawing our attention from him outwardly towards the other figures that surround himself. The singer being captured almost in shadow, while the saxophonist seems to come out from it. The only truly bad part of this being the trumpeter himself who takes away some sort of that energy away by being to similarly colored as the bassist himself, and seems to suffer a bit of blandness when any other sort of warm coloring could have opened it up.
However, despite the problem with the coloring of the trumpeter, that doesn’t truly take away any aspect of the painting itself. The use of a circle is perhaps one of the more defining qualities of the composition itself as it leaves itself open to almost creating a whirlwind of energetic passion. Starting from the central figure of the bassist once more, the eye is easily drawn upwards towards the upper right section of the trumpeter, who’s trumpet leads the eye of the viewer out towards the singer in the upper left hand section, who holds her microphone close to her, while the wiring of that microphone leads down towards the saxophonist, who seemingly is lying on his side, as if exploding from beneath the double bass that’s being used to play by the central figure. And where does his line work lead? Back towards the double bass where the line work, and string work, of the instrument lead back up towards the central man to once again start that circle anew. Almost as if insuring that the eye of the viewer never tires as it winds its way around and around and around.
Fortunately that the painting itself was done as an oil on canvas. What makes the piece truly pop out that’s a hallmark of that form of painting is that there really is no sharp outline work that most other forms of painting tend to suffer from, and truly showcases the skill of the artist when she can simply use shading and different values to give form to everything. After all, what we’re really not looking at are actual people, or instruments, or anything. It’s not a photograph. It’s just paint that’s been pressed upon the canvas that tricks the mind of the viewer into believing that what they’re seeing is what the artist wanted us to see. And to do that without any outlining, and purely through the manipulating of different values and hues of paint is nothing short of remarkable.
Still, that doesn’t mean that the entire piece itself is without any flaws. As was touched upon earlier, the choice of coloring for the trumpeter in the upper right portion was perhaps a poor choice to choose from because of how similar in colorization and style he seems to the bassist in the center, losing some of that momentum with the wheel of line work that I had mentioned as well. Another choice that seems to be a little bit flawed was also the inclusion of the sheets of music paper and the other tool above it that on the middle right side. Considering that there are little to no other objects within the composition itself, it feels almost like a weird inclusion to choose. While those are no doubt the tools that the central bassist is using to keep in pace with his fellow musicians, that space perhaps could have been better served with the inclusion of another musician. Perhaps one on piano, or any other instrument. Something at least to perhaps continue on with the theme of jazz music, and camaraderie with your fellow musicians and whose inclusion could have either drawn back to the bassist himself, or even up to the trumpeter to complete the wheel while the bassist simply existed as the spoke for which all other musical notes turned around. At least thats an honest opinion on that section, though it doesn’t detract at all from the overall quality of the piece.
To basically summarize the entirety of the review, it’s a beautiful work of art that was done by a talented European Artist that perfectly captures the nightlife that no doubt she experienced that inspired her to paint this. Her use of colores are bold, striking, and warm, equating perhaps to a scene within a cafe or place with some sort of stage that patrons come to to escape the coldness of the night and to listen to music that’s done by professionals. That warmness equating to an energetic sort of motion as the musicians seemingly burst out in a circle around each other. Wheeling around in a circle that drives the eye of the viewer around it’s edges before returning back to the center once more to rest. The technical skill behind it as well has a few flaws in choice of what to have placed in several sections, but overall speaks volumes of the craftsmanship and dedication that the Artist has done in creating this. Personally, if I owned a jazz club, or even was a profound lover of jazz, I’d love to purchase something like this from the Artist to hang up where everyone can see it.