by Alina Livneva11 September '18
20 abstract paintings depicting great world personalities
Abstract artist working on Great World Personalities Series
If we had to express in one word what makes great artists personalities different from others. Well, it’s their complexity. The special ones show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory and rebellious extremes, possessing multitude of individualism rather than singularity.
Virtosu lives and works in London, Amsterdam, Luxembourg. The artist focuses on his knowledge experience to depict social phenomena and character. His works are curated into complex thematics. Today we would like to introduce the viewer to the Great World Personalities theme in the works of the contemporary master.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 20. Albert Einstein
Einstein is the model for depicting of mad scientists and absent-minded professors; his expressive face and distinctive hairstyles have been widely copied and exaggerated. In concert with this attitude is this present oil painting, as we see a paean to intellectual freedom embodied in the figure's pulsing life of fluidity and in the contrast between this and the ossified and crumbling background which pales in the light of the power of the human mind.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 19. Buddha in meditation
The incipient and delicately outlined orbs in this calmative blue-green background suggest a harmonious cosmos that seems to emanate outwards from the Buddha just as his state of contemplation has a pervasive influence in the world in the continuance of the global popularity of the Buddhist way of life.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 18. Elvis Presley
Much to many portraits and paintings of Elvis Presley have been made during his lifetime and after his death that one could not imagine what a new painting of Elvis would look like. Furthermore, many feel overwhelmed with Elvis Presley’s paintings, portrait and sculptures. Virtosu’s pure genius as an artist leads him to the direction of an Elvis oil painting which none could imagine.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 17. Fatimah bint Muhammad
To paint all four Prophet Muhammad daughters, the artist has used the same abstract composition with his signature expressive brushwork and biomorphic drawing. In that fusion of the smooth forms, one can easily recognize an angel-like, winged creature, which hints at the specific spiritual status of the personages. The fluidity of the lines evokes associations with the wittiness of Arabic calligraphy.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 16. Henry VIII of EnglandThe Henry VIII of England canvas becomes the substance the artist uses to ‘create’ the image of a largely remembered bully who executed his opponents, oversaw the destruction of religious buildings and works of art, and killed off two of his six wives. The painter rather follows natural forms of dynamics and movement.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 15. Joan of Arc
A very intriguing approach to reflect on the famous words:
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 14. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
If our vision can grasp landscapes and faces in the accident blots, the same way it can ‘deconstruct,’ eliminate the integrity of an object’s image. The artwork is an attempt to depict the famous words by John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 13. Mahatma Gandhi
Gheorghe Virtosu pays tribute to this outstanding man who seems to know all about human soul and the strength of passion.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 12. Nostradamus
Rather than being a portrait of a man or of his work, this abstract picture would seem to be a portrait of the lasting effect of both, as muted colors and tones purvey a general mood of foreboding.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 11. Salvador Dali
In order to amplify the sense of contradiction, the artist captures those bold, improvisational brushstrokes within the clear, well-thought outlines of stylish drawing.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 10. Winston Churchill
The artist deftly weaves together a man and the elaborations and heavy weight of the myth-making surrounding his place in history. This canvas shows a man fighting a war. Dynamic angles, strident lines of daring and effervescent colorings of gold, reds, and blues intimate to us a turmoil in Europe during the Second World War.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 9. Alexander the Great
So how do we tell the history of Alexander the Great, pulling apart the myths and legends and reconstructing an accurate narrative? It’s a difficult task, but it’s an important one because the history of Alexander is a history of the Greek empire, which had a massive influence on vast regions stretching across Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 8. Christopher Columbus
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. He is remembered as the principal European discoverer of the Americas and he helped bring the Americas to the forefront of the western consciousness.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 7. Da Vinci
The oil painting title creates the bridge between his art and the viewer, giving the key to the interpretation of the image. He is looking from above at his vision about the earth and the bird that never flew. The unique fame that Leonardo enjoyed in his lifetime and that, filtered by historical criticism, has remained undimmed to the present day rests largely on his unlimited desire for knowledge, which guided all his thinking and behaviour.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 6. Galileo Galilei
Virtosu has chosen to create a piece which features a celestial object resting firmly atop numerous abstract shapes.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 5. Isaac Newton
Befitting the lofty title, this piece is stunning in its composition, framework, and structure. The artist has used numerous singular elements that come together in a complementary manner to create a cohesive piece that pays homage to great thinker.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 4. Margaret Thatcher
The complexity of the woman and of the myths surrounding her, necessarily dictate here an aesthetic of complexity. Thus, lines that sweep broadly and eddy minutely and colors that clash, yet are held by their borders in a tense measure of adherence, and suggest a monumentality that is a paean to the indomitability of the iron lady spirit in adversity, be it private or political.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 3. Mozart
Traditionally avoiding being literal in his pieces, Virtosu turns the personage into the dense and energetic flux of colors. And only some nuances provide us with the clue for reading it and reconstructing the author’s idea. The capacity of the abstract language enables the artist to avoid the cultural appropriation: the piece isn’t a straightforward replica of the massively popular character in the context, which is completely detached from the original environment.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 2. Rosa Parks
Americans are convinced they know this civil rights hero. In textbooks and documentaries, she is the meek seamstress gazing quietly out of a bus window — a symbol of progress and how far we’ve come.
Abstract Art | Oil Painting 1. Theodore Roosevelt
The canvas, conveys the sense of drama and action through the complex and vibrant texture depicting the man leading Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and strong foreign policy.