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Big canvas with miniature faces as small as less than one centimeter. There are so many characters in 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!”
The Chaser‘s Yacht Club Part 2: “casino dans les profondeurs de l‘eau” (underwater casino)
Painting of Helenna Jouja, “The Thieves of Renoir.” was exhibited in RENOIR AWARD International Contemporary Art exhibition on 17 ottobre 2019, 16:00 - 31 ottobre 2019, 18:00 M.A.D.S. Milano, Corso San Gottardo, 18, 20136 Milano, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy. With International Artist Jemilly Velasco.
Based on a true story in the year 2018, when thieves stole Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Landscape painting right off the wall of Dorotheum Auction House in Vienna, Austria. The thieves just took the painting and put it in a shopping bag, but left the frame on the wall. The thieves just walked away unnoticed.
The painting is not the genuine history of the events and characters and is therefore imaginary only.
Special thanks to my friends, who offered their faces to be painted to be one of the characters as follows: Johmarie Somera (suspect with Dorotheum shopping bag,) Barbara Toles (the FBI agent,) Arven Magno Caluza (one of the suspects, who just walked away.) .
“Jeunes filles au piano” (English: Young Girls at the Piano,) acrylic and oil-on-canvas. 110x90cm. Replica In progress of one of the paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a French artist, a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
„Je reviendrai“ (I’ll be back in English), my acrylic painting on 150x100cm canvas. The creation of this painting is inspired by the true-to-life story in the year 2018, when unknown thieves stole Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Landscape painting right off the wall of Dorotheum Auction House in Vienna, Austria. Dorotheum is one of the biggest art auction houses in Vienna, similar to Christie’s Auction House, or Sotheby's, and set up like a museum. According to the investigation of the respective authorities, the thieves took the Renoir’s Landscape painting right off the wall and put it in an ordinary shopping bag but left the painting’s frame where it was on the wall. The thieves apparently just walked away from the building unnoticed.
Well, it looks like it’s gonna be a series of paintings of an art crime. The first was Renoir’s painting getting stolen, and this time Camille Pissarro’s painting „The Bathers„ on this painting is being stolen by two young women while the security guard, incharge of the building's security monitors, on the right side below is not seeing what is going on, perhaps busy on social medial while on duty.
Look at the plain white female shape in Camille’s painting, it’s not supposed to be unpainted, like it's an unfinished work of art. It’s the image that detached itself from the painting, like it has come to life, like an unexplainable mystery. It’s actually the nude character on the right side beside the powder room. It’s this missing character in the painting. It shows that while Pissarro’s painting is being stolen, this nude character went to the powder room, and is on her way back to her designated place.
I added a little bit of sarcasm in Pissarro's Last Name, as it looks very similar to the French word for toilet, "Pissoir." At the left side of the painting, near the word Pissoir, you will see a woman in yellow bending backwards pointing at the frame of Pissarro's painting as if she's shocked that the painting has gone missing. While on the floor nearby is Paul Gaugin's painting character watching the crime and so is the young girl and the rooster above Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players," which are also supposed to be guarding this place but play cards and drink acohol instead while on duty, are also unaware of the ongoing crime.
My playful imagination flowed even much further and added the actor Arnold Schwarzenegger coming from the future, borrowing two (2) paintings from the museum, thereby leaving 2 more empty frames on the wall, acting as if stating his most infamous quote, "I'll be back!" and so I entitled this painting Je Reviendrai: the Thieves of Camille Pissarro.
Of course, the painting is not complete without the intense feeling depicted on "The Scream" by Edvard Munch in the person of my art gallerist Hubert Thurnhofer, that is seen at the staircase at the bottom middle of the painting. "Scream" is probably my most favorite character, and I included it also in the "Thieves of Renoir," as the bald woman whose Hermes Birkin bag also has a suspected stolen canvas.
And so these are what are being depicted in this painting: some important works of old masters, which are all hand painted, drawn altogether into one beautiful painting to create a story inspired by true-to-life story. Like most of my paintings, most characters, objects, and colors are unplanned but merely products of the development of my imaginative engagement on one basic idea thereby creating a series of wonderful original stories.
The moral lessons in this painting include the carelessness of people on valuable art; witnessing crime without reporting it immediately to the authorities; irresponsibilities of workers on duty such as drinking alcohol at work, and addiction on gambling and social media.
The Material Girl
After my first 3 attempts to paint using acrylic on small sized cardboard, i tried painting on a huge canvas. Since I was a beginner, and had avoided drawings for years, I had no idea if I could make it. I ended up painting all the expensive things in the world, Well, the cellphone she‘s holding on her left hand used to be the most expensive cellphone at that time, haha. I had painted here the most expensive bag, pen, crown, accessories, private jet, Bugatti and even the most expensive book written by Leonardo da Vinci that was bought for US30M dollars by Bill Gates at the auction. Then I realized something was missing she also needs to eat. Unfortunately, I only had one banana left at home. So that banana was my first still life painting, lol :D I designed her night gown with fur, and I wanted it to be silk and see-thru. I had no idea how to make it see-thru, but I solved it on my own, without reference to any painting tricks. Her face is just an imaginary face. I imagined how the most beautiful face should look like and that’s her face for me :D I was thinking that painting serious figure is just common sense. Nowadays, no one should even bother to go to school to learn how to paint. Our time is „just do it!“ For short, i did it all and I identified this painting as „The Material Girl,“ my first acrylic painting on canvas.
The Lady Boy
The original idea was to illustrate a middle aged man having a foot fetish with a younger girl, whose private part is exposed. However, Helenna Jouja had a change of mind, thinking that the illustration could be a common scandal in the art world. She wanted a more scandalous illustration yet light and funny. She later altered the lady’s private part to a man’s private part. However, she had no model of an actual male organ, so she just illustrated it into something similar to her imagination: a shiny brownish-pink male organ with heart-shaped scrotum or balls. She entitled it ”The Lady Boy,” with a face looking like a gay, But then again she had a change of mind, she wanted to paint the face of Marlyn Monroe and entitled it "If Marlyn Monroe were a gay!” She then painted the colors of the rainbow symbol of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) on the side of the male partner, who’s seemingly pretending to be a man but has a gay tendency waiting to be unraveled, and altered the original face of the lady boy to Marlyn Monroe’s sideview. However, her world-famous art gallerist insisted to keep the original idea of ”The Lady Boy,” as everyone seems to be painting Marlyn and it won’t be as special anymore. So what do you think? Which idea here is more scandalous for you? Email me. :D I have a tip for you, to tell if a transgender is originally a boy, observe her hands or feet, do they resemble man’s hands or feet? Because you know what, a boy can change his private part to the opposite sex, but would be scared to have an operation of the bones of his hands or feet. :D
“To Mutti With Love!” painting of Helenna Jouja, your Filipina-Canadian international modern artist in Europe, 24x18cm acrylic on canvas.
“To Mutti With Love!” painting of Helenna Jouja, your Filipina-Canadian international modern artist in Europe, 40x30cm acrylic on canvas in a frame.
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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