16.000 x 20.000 inches
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Clash Of The Dancers
Painting - Acrylic And Oil On Canvas
Clash Of The Dancers by Florin Scarlat
I was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1946. My house was full of joys, and dancing, due to my older sister who was at the ballet school. At the age of 9, I was registered at the ballet school in Bucharest, and at the age of 19, I became a classical ballet dancer. In my spare time I started painting, my father who was a painter taught me the basics. In 1974, I immigrated to the United States, in particular, New York, and started dancing with Agnes de Mille Heritage Dance Theatre, American Chamber Ballet in NYC and I was a former soloist with Maryland Ballet Co. in Baltimore, Maryland. I had a chance to dance leading roles in works done by Alvin Ailey, John Butler, Versant Nault, Jack Carter, John Taras, Anthony Tudor, and George Balanchine. I danced the role of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet staged by Elena Tchernicova, and the role of Juliet was Natalia Makarova. Very early, the magical world of classical ballet became my source of inspiration and progressed to begin the central theme of my work. At age 33, I retired from ballet, and painting became the priority in my life. Florin Scarlat’s first period of abstract compositions was inspired by an instinctual and intuitive sense of chromatic ordering of pictorial surfaces. Later, when he studied in America, he developed a more constructivist approach as his life as a dancer gave definite shape to the themes of his compositions. His color combinations refined to become increasingly subdued and subtle. The elegance of ballet dancing asked for a more pastel pictorial surface. The dynamics of his compositions are expressed by a mere realistic reproduction of ballet dancers. They are achieved by contrast of pure forms, bound together by an inner balance to created unity, at the same time, each form responds individually to the other in an expressive dialogue like a scene and a counter scene in a musical phrase. Florin Scarlat achieved an original performance in which a marriage between dance and painting has attained.
November 9th, 2013
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