Marina Syntelis (b.1975) went back in time to bring back a painting technique favoured by the Old Masters, incorporating a secret recipe of blending resins, linseed oil, turps and oils to create an incredible luminescence , vitality depth to her oil paintings. A beautiful painting described in Marina's'own words as:'
"An angelic scene. The foam turns into cloud. It could take place either in the sea or the heaven. The pureness of the white creates a different energy, a different feeling. According to the ancient Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty was born in the sea foam. To me, it can’t have been much different from this.
However as well as being a hyper - realist painter in terms of atmosphere, she allows for an element of magical realism and even some abstraction to create her stunning and highly moving scenes. Crashing waves meet misty. ethereal waters in a cascade of foam and water and emotion!
Marina decided to reach back in time, using an age-old secret of the old masters to create luster, transparencies, and glowing colours in their works. She discovered the use of pine resin, mixed with turps and linseed oil, known as a form of 'meglip'. A secret ingredient used by Turner, Rembrandt, Van Eyck and Rubens in order to create fabulous grazes. It is a technique that very few artists use today or have ever even tried. Marina has resurrected this technique by placing it within a contemporary context.
At Marina's 1st UK Solo Exhibition recently at the Southampton International Boat Show, where 43 paintings of hers were sold, there were looks of sheer amazement at the power of her paintings and the emotion it envoked within the viewer.
Steve Burnage at The Papillon Gallery believes that "Marina is one of the finest living seascape artists in the world and the incredible feedback from so many people at the International Boat Show in Southampton is a testimony to where her star is heading!"
It is a beautiful painting and the sheer magnetism of the realism and abstraction takes you to a different world and importantly back time after time to look at it!
The painting is signed on the canvas, painted in oils using Marina's special technique and measures 80cm x 80cm
It is framed in Marina's trademark white floating box frame, Mediterranean style, which sets it off very nicely.