Marina Syntelis from Greece is rapidly becoming one of the world's greatest exponents of hyper realistic wave paintings and 'Colossus' is an epic, breath-taking painting in every way!
In Marinas words this painting is about " the majesty of the sea competing with the majesty of the sky. Both equally powerful, both equally interesting. Once again, the waves fight for their presence in the sky. It is a fight for no reason. After all, they are all water."
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!"
'Colossus' is every inch a towering crescendo of the force of nature in the sea standing high before crashing down like the famous Colossus of Rhodes!
The oil painting on canvas is signed, measures 100 cm x 70cm (39.4 x 27.6") and comes in a beautiful, white, mediterranean style floating frame ( there is a n option for a double floating frame if desired) which really compliments the painting.
Marina's works can be found in collections all over the world and it is a great opportunity to buy an amazing painting at a realistic price!