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January 30, 2012
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Jan 28, 2012, 8:49:05 PM
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Love Slowly Kills - oil painting by borda Love Slowly Kills - oil painting by borda
oil painting 53 x 45 cm
it's birth has a funny twisted story...I had received a message from MarkScheider, that has made a photo after one of my still life paintings, [link] .. I browse his deviation folder and I was really inspired by his pomegranate photo [link] so I came to paint this one...

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This is a perfect example of a hyperrealistic painting which isn't just a mechanical reproduction of a photo but rather has a strong concept. Particularly striking about the style is how much it reminds me of the Spanish still lifes from the 1600s while having a kind of new feeling to it - the merging of a heart and pomegranate and it surrealistic quality, the sticker on the bottle with the cute heart/skull sign. All in all, extremely impressive work. Quite warm and romantic while still telling a story - something which is very rare for the genre. If I had to come up with one thing to improve, it would be the texture of the heart - it looks a bit like plastic rather than havng an organic, bloody,wet texture like a real heart does - (trust me on this, I've actually held one in my hands, ha! ;))
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For me, the image of the pomegranate evokes the mythological tale of Persephone and Hades and the fatal seven seeds she partook of prior to her rescue from the Underworld, condemning her to be its queen for seven months of the year. When I look at this piece, I am reminded by the arrow piercing the pomegranate-heart of Eros' damning darts that caused Hades to fall irreversibly in love with Persephone. It is a relation that is rather forced on both ends: Hades trapped in love by the irresistible power of a god, Persephone confined by her own hunger, and the two irrevocably intertwined in this art. The bottle of poison(?) in the background seems slightly out of place, but can have a context as well; "love kills" in a sense that Persephone dies for seven months each year as a result of love, only to be revived. The image of the pomegranate as an anatomically correct heart is a striking one.

I apologize for not being able to give a critique that goes beyond the literary one. I'm afraid I have little credentials to provide better feedback.
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carnival Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Astounding painting, technically brilliant!
Rayleighev Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool Cool.
KangTengri Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013   Photographer
perfect, just great work
Saddust Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Great ! I am not a specialist, but it seems to be a new concept of surrealism.
something-one Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
This is smart. Like,really smart. If you look at it from simbolical view. Fantastic job!
Jcat4ever2 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really, really great. I'm amazed.
getitgrl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
interesting how you meshed the concept of the heart and a pomagrante
6vivi6ana6 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your bottles are not straight. But everything else is perfect.
heartinart Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
iamthebloodyearth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great concept and execution
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