Artist bio

Born in the city of Poltava, Ukraine. From early childhood she showed interest and talent for drawing. In 2003 she moved to live in Kiev. 2002-2021 - worked in the field of advertising. In recent years, she worked as an art director at the advertising agency "MEX a member of Havas". In 2020, at the end of November, she painted her first oil painting. At the beginning of 2021, she took part in the Golden Time Talent competition - two works submitted for the competition: "The Keeper of Dreams" and "Murchik" took second place. In June 2021, she went freelance to devote more time to paintings. Irina chose the direction of fairy tales, fantasy and symbolism as the main direction of her work. At the moment, Irina is waving two lines: one is the story of a little girl in her fabulous kind world, the second is the inner world of an adult woman dressed in fantasy and symbolism.


Duel with the shadow



Artist Statement

This picture was inspired by my dream. I dreamed that I was walking along a winding endless corridor clutching a sword in my hand. Torches on one of the walls illuminated the space, casting my shadow on the opposite wall. And suddenly I noticed something unusual in my shadow. She became larger, acquiring the outlines of a male figure. Suddenly, a blond-haired man stepped out of the shadows. Strongly built, with a slightly rigid, but attractive features. And something in his appearance was painfully familiar. He smiled slyly and waved his sword. I managed to react and repulsed the blow. But he wasn't going to stop and swung his sword again. A duel ensued. The ringing of metal in the narrow walls of the corridor, the swaying of the flame. And there is nowhere to go, because from your own shadow you can’t run away and hide. The dance of battle swirled and seemed to last forever...
I woke up not knowing how it all ended. But I realized that the shadow man with whom I fought is my own reflection in the black mirror of consciousness. And the main battle in the life of every person is a battle with oneself. Our biggest enemy is ourselves. Every time we make a decision, what to do, decide on something, make a choice, we enter into this duel. And in fact, this fight never stops, and its outcome will be known only at the end of the corridor, when the path of life ends ...
* Name: "Duel with a shadow"
* Painter: Irina Bogdanova
* Size: 39 W x 39 H in (100 W x 100 H cm)
* Original handmade oil painting on canvas

How it fits into contest

This picture is dedicated to the spiritual battle of a person with his dark essence, with his shadow, with his opposite, with evil in his soul. Evil takes many forms, and often it can be quite attractive form for a person. The cramped corridor in which the heroine is located is an allegory for fate, for life in which everything is not easy, and you have to fight with your essence and temptations in the narrow walls of being. Her battle is a spiritual struggle. The sword is faith and the word of God that guides the true path - it is the most powerful weapon against the dark forces of this world, and the darkness in your own heart. "...Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand..."

How to Purchase this Artwork

The cost of this painting is $ 3250 (this is the cost without the price, excluding the cost of shipping and packaging).
You can buy it by emailing me.

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

I sell paintings online.
But besides being an artist, I am also a graphic designer and illustrator.

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