Artist: Karla Pereira
Title: The Princess and the Librarian
Size: 17cm/ 6.7"
With Frame: 29cm/11.4"
Medium: Oil on wood on antique frame
Inspiration: Inspired by the 19th century german painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter and his portraits of beautiful ladies of european high society, specifically by the portrait of Princess Helena of the UK and her little know love story with the german Carl Ruden.
Artist Bio: "Born in Ibiza (Spain) on a December 10th but with Zaragozan heart, as it was in the Aragon capital where I spent all my childhood. Since I was little I felt intrigued by drawing, painting, singing, dance and all art in general, but I did not receive any formal training in any of these areas. In 2002, I moved with some of my family to Gandia, where I live now, and where in those years I oriented my studies to Commerce and Marketing. After a period of different work experiences, I decided in 2012 to start studying towards a degree in Art History, at the same time I started self-taught oil painting.
These early works focus on an expressionist style, inspired by painters like Edvard Munch or Jackson Pollock. After some time, inspired by the Blythe dolls, I started making paintings that focus on female characters, whose appearance (head and big eyes) resembles these dolls. During the course of my career in Art History, I discovered new styles and iconography that inspire my work, exerting a great influence from the Renaissance, Baroque and European portraiture periods from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Thanks also to the knowledge acquired in contemporary art I discovered a number of artists such as Benjamin Lacombe, Mark Ryden or Nicoletta Ceccoli with whom I have a great artistic affinity and whose style, Pop Surrealism, is close to my own."