Stef Tarasov
Stef Tarasov

Sydney, Australia, Australia

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Oil on canvas


This is my nod to Otto Dix, expressionist painter from the Weimar Republic, and his intriguing, 'Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden' (1926). This young, ballsy woman was a real dame - she was a working journalist; she smoked, she drank, and she didn't care for the restrictions placed upon her sex. Otto's painting of her is also recreated in the opening scene of the 1972 classic film, "Cabaret", along with cigarette in hand, and martini on the side table. I love this play between artworks, and when I was painting her, I imagined her as an old lady today - still gutsy and doing as she pleases. This painting makes me smile, as I imagine her, larger than life, looking out to the viewer as if to say (in a thick, sexy drawl) " I don't care, I do what I like"!


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