Queen of Swords

Brianna Angelakis

    • 11 x 14 inches
    • © 2013
    • Oil on Canvas
  • Warholian and Modern Eden Gallery have come together in to present “Tarot: Art of Fortune” a modern day reinterpretation of the classic intuitive “fortune telling” card deck. The show features some of the best emerging names in the gallery scene today as curated by Warholian’s founder Michael Cuffe.

    Although it’s roots may seem occult, Tarot was originally developed as a pack of playing cards in 15th century Europe to play French Tarot or Italian Tarocchini. Over time, individuals in the intuitive and early psychic communities began to adopt the cards as use as a tool to “read” an individual and offer spiritual guidance. Today Tarot has become more widely accepted as a way for individuals to find direction in the bustle of a modern world. With the availability of decks ranging from artistic to commercial, tarot has become a personalized standard of home libraries everywhere.

    For “Tarot: Art of Fortune” we’ve asked some of the top contemporary artists to reimagine their favorite card from a standard deck, into a work of art based on the imagery and symbolism present. “Tarot: Art of Fortune” features an amazing array of established artists that have been individually selected as important figures in emerging art movements at this time.
  • Brianna Marie Angelakis (b. 1990) is an American artist. She was born in Massachusetts and moved to New Hampshire during her early teen years. She moved to Florida at the end of her high school years, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Angelakis currently attends Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. She will graduate in the Spring of 2013 with a BA in the Visual Arts, a BA in English, and a minor in Illustration. She will be returning to Flagler College in the Fall of 2013 as an alumnus to complete her BFA in Fine Arts.

    My perspective and experiences as a female in society dominates the subjects of my paintings. In my work, I juxtapose the female figure with the wildness of nature to create a sense of female liberation. Additionally, as an artist, I find straight lines and structure confining, causing me to return to organic shapes. Through the emphasis of bright colors, texture, and fluidity, my female figures become powerful subjects in a chaotic world. My color palette assists in creating a mood which reflects the emotion of the figure, which in turn corresponds with her environment. I frequently return to a combination of cool colors, establishing a sense of eeriness in my works.

    My artistic inspiration stems from my love for literature and poetry in addition to my own experiences as a young woman. I am generally inspired by works of literature which represent the female through positive and negative, powerful and supernatural imagery. In my work, I expand the Romantic idea of nature as a sublime element, often portraying the landscape as a surreal element uncontained by man. By emphasizing the weather and other natural phenomenon, I expand on the disorderly freedom of the natural world. Similarly, my female figures wildly flaunt their hair and dress. The unruly landscape then parallels the depiction of the uncanny female figure. Moreover, through the isolation of my female figures, I create an emotional relationship between the figure and the observer.

    Angelakis' artworks have been exhibited in various galleries located throughout north and central Florida including the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens. She has shown nationally including cities such as San Franscisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN, and Baton Rouge, LA. She has been published in Blick's Studio Catalogue, making her a Blick Featured Artist. Additionally, her works have been published internationally through print and online magazines including PoetsArtists Magazine, MISC Magazine, and the coverstory for Northeast Florida's Magazine, Folio Weekly.
  • This piece will be on exhibit through April 6, 2013 and will be shipped within a week of the exhibition closing date. Shipping costs will be invoiced separately at the time of shipment for this piece. For a detailed shipping price quote, please contact the gallery . If you would like to arrange a gallery pickup, just add a note when checking out and we will contact you to schedule a time.

    As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime via email (info@moderneden.com) or by phone (415) 956-3303 during regular business hours. Thank you!

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