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The Seahorses 100x80cm
This 2019, I am painting only on big canvases and this is one of them.
The story I created for this painting, in cooperation with my art gallerist, Hubert Thurnhofer:
Once upon a time, there lived a violinist, who wanted to be the sexiest of all! She did everything to be sexy, such as rib removal, only veggies, diet pills, etc. She asked the magic mirror, „Mirror, who is the sexiest of them all?” “Your violin!” answered the magic mirror. “Sexier than you!” The violinist got angry. That‘s how she became “the Grumpy Violinist!
Wiener Opernball featuring Herr Richard Lugner with imaginary superstars. „The Biggest Ball,“ 😀
The story of this painting:
„Who has the chance to be invited to the fabulous Opera Ball in Vienna? Snow White or Cinderella? An animal lover? Dolly Buster or Pamela? A master nagger? A blond horse rider? Well, an old playboy has invited the star with the biggest ball!“
Short Story written in cooperation with Hubert Thurnhofer, the world famous gallerist, philosopher, and author of Moral 4.0.
"The Biggest Ball" (150x100cm acrylic on canvas) is inspired by the scandalous life of an old millionaire playboy Richard Lugner, owner of the Lugner City, known to having married and divorced young and beautiful ladies in Vienna, Austria. Richard is also known for sponsoring and inviting popular celebrities to the most fabulous Opera Ball in Vienna, such as, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ornella Muti, Elle Macpherson, Kim Kardashian, Harry Belafonte, Sophia Loren, Jacqueline Bisset, Nadja abd el Farrag and many more.
It wasn't actually my idea to paint Richard Lugner's scandalous life, it's the suggested idea of my exclusive art gallerist, Hubert Thurnhofer, who is just like Richard Lugner, one of the federal presidential candidates in the Austrian Presidential Election. Hubert's idea is rather humorous but requires an impossible angle for me to illustrate: humongous female chest of one of Richard's scandalous Opera Ball's guests, so huge and heavy that could collapse the horse carriage that would take them to the fabulous ball. What angle of female chest could that be? Front or sideview? I couldn't figure it out myself, without sacrificing the true-to-life illustration that makes sense. It started as a joke, however, I finally agreed to take the challenge of painting another person's idea rather than myself as an artist. Art, for me, is anyways illustrating the impossible imagination in clear images. To begin with, I made quick sketches of the desired preliminary images on a loose paper, fastly drawing the figures as if I was scared to skip any single relevant element needed for the completion of this painting, thereby solving the problem of required realistic angle, to make something impossible possible.
There was no definite plan to the entire completion of the painting. I started with the caricature of Richard in the middle of the canvas and it progressed into my own imagination of the plot, the imagination of a rich old man surrounded by elegant women in their gowns, who are stuck in the middle of the road because of the weight of their chests, which I referred to as the ball, "The Biggest Ball."
At its background on the right side is my miniature Fairy Tales interpretation of the Fairy Godmother and Cinderella being taken by the carriage to the Opera Ball, and on the left side was Sleeping Beauty and the 7 drawfs on their way to the same ball during one strange beautiful evening that has never been seen before.
The only obvious guy in tuxedo is Richard Lugner himself, who is stressed out with the demands of his imaginary wife in the carriage, and of course, the representation of the Biggest Ball, the blonde woman in yellow gown, whom everyone guessed as Paris Hilton, whose Biggest Ball looks like being poked by the needle by a naughty woman in green. But if you carefully analyze it, the woman in green is merely strangely drawing something on the carriage floor.
The beauty of the blue horses being pampered by the woman in orange gown, and instead of a a male coachman, an elegant coachwoman. However, all the women in the painting are not a representation of different women and celebrities in the life of Richard Lugner. They are all just imaginary characters.
"The Biggest Ball was exhibited in a gallery in Vienna and luckily seen by the Press photographer of Richard Lugner.
He has shown him a photo of this painting, which he took himself during the exhibit and Richard, who is an architech, immediately fell in love with it. Richard wasn't aware that during the final sale negotiation of it, I was undergoing a serious operation in the hospital. I never thought that in this exhibition I would see for the last time this painting in person. If i could have died after the operation, i wouldn't have known that the painting has a new owner. Richard proudly hangs this painting in his office room until now, and "The Biggest Ball" was often seen as a background of his Press interviews shown on television in Austrian channels, and hopefully being enjoyed everytime by celebrity guests of Richard in his office.
I painted this in a few hours , based on a small photo (approximately 4x3inches) of the dad here. But it’s taking me long to deliver to him because I had to varnish the painting for protection. I have not seen his daughter, but eventually, he wants also a portrait with his son, which I don’t know if it’s possible because my price has gone up to minimum 4 figures that it’s not anymore worthwhile for me to spend my time on painting portraits. But I am willing to paint close family or friends. I think, anyway, the more expensive your portrait is, the more you are successful as a person. If you just pay an artist in the street US$20, you don’t value the portrait anyways I guess. It would be nice to be painted by an artist with a future in the art world in this century and the centuries to come because your portrait would definitely be as famous as the artist. I mean look at Mona Lisa, she’s as famous as Leonardo da Vinci.
Helenna Jouja, also known as da Vinci of Vienna, paints the most beautiful 16 year old teenager (now 18 years old) daughter of director Liza de-Vera Preiczer, Karla-Marie, a forthcoming movie star of the Philippine Cinema. Will Karla-Marie Preiczer be the next Mona Lisa? Karla-Marie‘s portrait appeared in some of my videos such as: “The Swan on the Street,“ and “Evolution of Innocentism Art.“
One of my paintings, which had had thousands of Likes on Facebook, is the portrait of my art gallerist, Hubert Thurnhofer. Behind him is a painting with golden frame to illustrate him being a gallerist. Inside the painting of this painting is a nude woman sitting and waiting at the entrance door of Love, which entrance free is waived for those women in love. She’s not fat, or a woman with a big tummy, but a pregnant woman, a symbol of abundance. Below the golden frame, beside Thurnhofer‘s dark blue jeans, on his right side, is an illustration of balancing stones, which he designed during his trip to Croatia in 2018. Aside from being a hobbyist of stone balancing during his spare time, Thurnhofer is also the author of published German books such as Moral 4,0, which he holds in this painting. My gallerist speaks in English, German and Russian fluently. Feel free to contact him, if you are interested to see or buy any of my paintings. You can purchase his books at the Amazon, Libro and Thalia, or buy it directly from him at Kunstraum Art Gallery in Vienna.
Painting the model to lean on the other side challenge. (one of my earlier unfinished nude paintings on canvas). I was just finding out if i could paint so I tried painting Marlyn Monroe in nude with the idea that if I could maybe paint, I would use my undiscovered talent to help women in the world suffering from breast cancer using my artwork. So ambitious and inspired as I was, the painting was a huge canvas for a beginner. I painted this every night for a month sometimes till 3 am. Actually, it’s only the face of the painting you’re seeing, but the image is in the likeness of Marlyn Monroe taking a bath and she’s so sensual and sexy. 😀 Dream on, and dream on BIG! lol 😉
„The Arch of Chase“ by Helenna Jouja, a Filipina Canadian international modern artist in Europe, is a playful combination of the widely known iconic painting „The Scream“ by Edvard Munch (1963-1944) and her own story of the painting in cooperation with her art gallerist Hubert Thurnhofer of Kunstraum (art gallery) in the Ringstraßen Galerien in Vienna, Austria, Europe. In this painting, Helenna Jouja made some radical transformation of „The Scream“ making the controversial character of “The Scream” have a distinctive figure of a young woman, referring her as the Statue of Scream, turning her into an important figure of the past like what is usually displayed in a museum; and adjusting its color and images to fit her new story that whoever touched the flower of the Goddess of the Arch of Chase would forever chase the first one he sees. Replicating the colorful sunset of Munch, Helenna Jouja was able to match her own idea of sunset to fit that of Munch‘s, while the rest of the characters showed different emotions after touching the flower of the Goddess of Chase. 😀
The group of gigantic nude statues here on the right side in blue are painted similarly to the nude statues near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The nude statues in pink are like a mirror of the blue ones in another pose. On my trip to Paris, I climbed where the statues are and tried to reach the statues genital area just for the sake of picture taking. Because I am not that tall, I wasn’t able to reach it but i made it possible on this painting. If you could see a black and white figure in the blue statues, it’s me. So I am sort of an extra spice on this painting, but you could hardly see me.
With so many characters available on this painting, one can make his own story out of it. But it wasn’t easy to put them all in one story. Anyway, here is the story I created in cooperation with my art gallerist. Of course, my role as broken hearted and torn was just fictional. It had never happened in real life.
The story: Helenna travelled to Paris in search of her true love! There she was badly hurt, rejected, mocked, heartbroken! She complained, „why do men act like heartless statues?“ „Do you have to touch them to feel that they also love you?“ „ Will there ever be someone who will love you back?“ The story of a Beautiful Painter, Helenna Jouja. Unforgettable romance at „the Chaser’s Park!”
Big canvas with miniature faces as small as less than one centimeter. There’s so many characters on this painting and it wasn’t easy to paint them all.
The story or maybe I should say a poem?:
“In 1973, as Picasso got swallowed whole, the cyclone formed in Bermuda Triangle, where the Chasers Yacht Club was last seen partying. In the underwater room, Pregnant Miss X chased her man, who fell in love with a mermaid. As the girls kicked-ass, under the sun a smiling shark! Nobody knows what happened next!”
5 Naked women robbed the bank naked. The bank can’t remember their faces. Only genius can figure out why. Can you? :D
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Sponsor: Sole Owner/Manager Hubert Thurnhofer der Kunstraum in den Ringstrassen Galerien, 1010 Wien, Kärntnerring 9-13 / 144 (Obergeschoß) Vienna, Austria Europe,
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