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Nocturnal Gods

Stefania Tejada

2021

Oil on canvas

100 x 80 cm 

(Unframed)

£7,200.00
Original piece of art

The moonlight reflects on the skin of five female figures surrounded by jungle plants, which gently disturbs the complex botanical darkness. The jungle scene is penetrated by hands holding objects which symbolize femininity. The main focal point is the central female figure who confronts the audience with direct piercing eye contact. The surrounding night narrows the colour palette to a minimal tonal range, which gives more purpose to the organic shapes of human bodies creating greater (visual) unity. For this body of work, Stefania Tejada has completely drawn towards her personal longing for the wild, The Mother. Her artworks are codes or pieces of dreams that reflect on her connection with the earth, the feminine spirit, and with beliefs of freedom. Tejada’s Columbian heritage reflects in the botanical motifs as well as the emphasis on strong cultural origins. She believes that the most profound and most truthful parts of ourselves are hidden in the darkest places, and it is essential to explore this place, to find the dark being and stare back at it. This is evoked, by the recurring focal point of the series, a female figure intensely gazing back at the viewer. As a result, the viewers lose the peaceful voyeuristic feeling of exploring the painting unwatched, as the central figure opens a dialogue about rawness and purity of the self.

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The Feminine

Stefania Tejada 

2021

Oil on canvas

100 x 80 cm

(Unframed)

£4,000.00
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This complex compositional mix presents two almost displaced figures surrounded by a jungle scene. Yet, somehow, this strange composition offers harmony through working with the theme of connecting oneself with their cultural origins. Tejada controls our experience of the artwork by strategically placing light accents on the main focal points, such as the face on the right, the hand above it, and the flowers. Moreover, the shells covering the breasts of the female on the left are also brought from the darkness while she remains in the shadows. All of this works in Tejada´s favour to explore elements and beings with masculine and feminine identity within the same self through humans and flowers.

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Undeniably Becoming

Stefania Tejada

2021

Oil on canvas

40 x 40 cm 

£1,600.00
Original piece of art

This intimate portrait uses warm fiery colours to evoke an organic connection between humanity and nature. The red-hot hair falls loosely over the figure’s shoulder, and it almost blends with the orange clouds in the background. The scaling of this portrait emphasizes the dominancy of the figure over the sky yet stresses their unity. The element of fire is also imprinted in the harsh gaze of the woman, intensified by prominent cheekbones and frowning eyebrows. In contrast to all the warm tones, the figure is dressed in a pale blue shirt, which brings a pinch of softness to the fiery scene. Through her art, Tejada typically explores the relationship between natural elements and humanity. This artwork also deals with the desperate need for awakening as Tejada believes that women are more and more connected with this spiritual path.

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Soft Signals of Loyalty

Stefania Tejada

2021

Oil on canvas

100 x 80 cm

(Unframed)

£4,200.00
Original piece of art

The linearity of this painting brings our attention directly to the eyes of the female figure who stares intensely back at us. A female figure breaking the fourth wall with her gaze is a signature central focal point for Tejada’s artworks. The neat outlines of her body and clothes emphasize the serenity of the work juxtaposed to her harsh gaze, which creates tension. The tonal variation between the dark background and the lighter, tonally modeled female brings more contrast to the artwork. It explores the relationship between humans and nature. Both the figure and the surrounding nature are perfectly arranged to create an artificially peaceful scene. While Tejada managed to tame both, the resulting artwork makes us question the level to which loyalty remains natural and when it becomes forced.

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A Woman's Legacy

Stefania Tejada

2021

Oil on canvas

50 x 40cm

(Unframed)

£1,600.00
Original piece of art

Playing with the theme of the night, Tejada explores a detailed female portrait. Her signature breaking of the fourth wall is amplified in this work by the size of the face, which takes over the entire canvas. This above-life-sized face stares back at us with a blank and mysterious expression. Tejada creates tension not only by placing us into close proximity of the large face but also substitutes the eyelashes for strange feathers, which crawl from the eyelids over the brows and cheeks. Through this manoeuvre, she reestablishes the indigenous connection between humanity and nature. It is also inspired by the 2019 Valentino runway, which was a significant moment in Haute Couture since the collection was created around a black woman (Naomi Campbell). The Creative Director mentions how she made all of this possible - there was an incredible casting with many different profiles of women. This piece echoes this moment.

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