Fine Art Painting: Idols in Relationship by IZ MAGLOW

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"iz .art" : Figure Part 1 (Part 2)

The people in these paintings are shadowy figures that merge in unspecified spaces to form and color braids. The resulting highly structured ensembles are intended to give an impression of volatility and randomness.

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Human – Ciphers
"Human Ciphers" are expressive developments of the painting series "Idols" and "Groups in Motion" and form the transition to the "Atomic Figures".

REAPPEARANCES
REAPPEARANCES
acrylic on canvas and wood,
2018, 50 x 70 cm
10518003
 

TWO STRETCHING FIGURES
TWO STRETCHING FIGURES
acrylic on canvas and wood,
2018, 62 x 100 cm
10518004

ATOMIC FIGURE
ATOMIC FIGURE
acrylic on canvas,
2018, 60 x 60 cm
10518002

The shapes of the figures from the series "atomic" and "cosmic" strive for union with a surrounding filament.

COSMIC ODALAN
COSMIC ODALAN
acrylic on canvas,
2019, 100 x 138 cm
10519001

COSMIC ODALAN
COSMIC ODALAN
acrylic on canvas,
2018, 100 x 138 cm
10518005

ATOMIC FIGURES
ATOMIC FIGURES
acrylic on canvas,
2017, 50 x 50 cm
10517007

FIGURE
FIGURE
acrylic on cellulose cloth,
1982/2017, 41,5 x 41 cm
10582024

FIGURE
FIGURE
acrylic on cellulose cloth,
1982/2017, 41,5 x 41 cm
10582025

ENSEMBLE-CHIFFREN
ENSEMBLE-CHIFFREN
acrylic on canvas,
2017, 50 x 50 cm
10517001

The small canvas pictures are of reduced, colourfulness with few color accents. In their entirety, human ciphers form expressive traces of transience. Later works emphasize this aspect through figures, so-called "atomic figures", whose forms are intended to form a unit with the surrounding network structure.

ENSEMBLE-CHIFFREN
ENSEMBLE-CHIFFREN
acrylic on canvas,
2017, 50 x 50 cm
10517002

ENSEMBLE-CHIFFREN
ENSEMBLE-CHIFFREN
acrylic on canvas,
2017, 50 x 50 cm
10517004

ENSEMBLE-CHIFFREN
ENSEMBLE-CHIFFREN
acrylic on canvas,
2017, 50 x 50 cm
10517005

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"Idols"
brings together paintings from different years that relate thematically to "Figures (/ characters) in Relation to each other".

ROYAL AUDIENCE
ROYAL AUDIENCE
acrylic and pencil on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503016
 

SPANISH AUDIENCE
SPANISH AUDIENCE
acrylic and pencil on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503003

In the paintings "ROYAL AUDIENCE", "SPANISH AUDIENCE" and "SPANISH TRY-ON", Iz Maglow drew on artistic inspiration, with which he had already dealt painterly in "Homage à Diego Velazquez" in the 1990s.

SPANISH TRY-ON
SPANISH TRY-ON
acrylic on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503009
private collection Stuttgart / Germany

AS TIME GOES BY
AS TIME GOES BY
acrylic and pencil on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503006
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

WAIT AND SEE
WAIT AND SEE
acrylic and graphite pencil on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503004

MARS, VENUS AND SATURN
MARS, VENUS AND SATURN
acrylic and pencil on paper
2003, 30 x 30 cm
10503005
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

"Idols" are "shining role models" for Iz Maglow. For the painting "MARS, VENUS AND SATURN" this can be understood in the sense of double meaning.

RED WITCHES - PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME !!
RED WITCHES - PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME !!
acrylic on canvas,
2003, 59 x 71 cm
10503021

Even in parts of our modern world, ghosts and witches are still dreaded phenomena that dominate the lives and thoughts of some people.

THE BLUE WITCHES DANCE
THE BLUE WITCHES DANCE
acrylic and pencil on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503015

GHOST GUARD
GHOST GUARD
acrylic and pencil on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503008

In Bali, Iz Maglow has witnessed how belief in witches and demons still determines the lives of many more than scientific facts. These paintings also express this in ambiguous titles. Names such as "GHOST GUARD" or subtitles such as "PLEASE DO NOT AT HOME AT HOME" should therefore be viewed with a wink. They are sometimes reminiscent of ambiguous, culturally very different "realities".

LEAK - BALINESE WITCH
LEAK – BALINESE WITCH
acrylic and pencil on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503019

ZWEI HEXEN FOLGEN DEINEM RAD
TWO WITCHES FOLLOW YOUR BIKE
acrylic and pencil on paper,
2003, 30 x 40 cm
10503020

Thematically related paintings: "Groups in Relationship"

These paintings, which are dominated by reduced lines, colors and shapes, deal with symbolic figures and ensembles. They were created at intervals of 18 years.

See more "Figures in Motion" in Part 2: "Dancing Figures"

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Leaders and Losers"
sketch figures that illustrate relationships between groups and individuals. They gather or trade around a protagonist, a "leader" who has special relationships with these small groups.

ADMIRABLE
ADMIRABLE
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502004
private collection Berlin / Germany
 

NO-ONE FOR ALL
NO-ONE FOR ALL
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502002
private collection Berlin / Germany

ENSEMBLE
ENSEMBLE
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502007

IN ACTION
IN ACTION
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502010
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

SPECTATORS
SPECTATORS
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502011
private collection Berlin / Germany

TIED UP
TIED UP
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502015

After several years of very colorful and "packed" People in Bali, Iz Maglow continues with these reduced ciphers to earlier paintings on "figures" and "relationships".

DISCUSSION
DISCUSSION
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502009
private collection Berlin / Germany

SMALL ENSEMBLE: WAITING
SMALL ENSEMBLE: WAITING
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502013
private collection Stuttgart / Germany

ALL ON THEIR WAY
ALL ON THEIR WAY
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502006
private collection Berlin / Germany

IT'S ALL OVER NOW
IT'S ALL OVER NOW
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502008

WE STAY TOGETHER
WE STAY TOGETHER
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502005
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

DANCE IN LINE UP
DANCE IN LINE UP
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502012
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

LINE UP
LINE UP
acrylic on paper,
2002, 30 x 40 cm
10502014
private collection Berlin / Germany

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Few in Relationship
are figurative, almost black-and-white paintings on the theme of "Figures in Relation", which Iz Maglow painted in the mid-1980s and re-launched in 2002 as inspiration for new interpretations of the theme in "Leaders & Losers" and "Idols".

THREE FIGURES
THREE FIGURES
acrylic and Indian ink on 3 papers,
1984, 27 x 59 cm
10584003
private collection Wakayama / Japan
 

TWO FIGURES
TWO FIGURES
acrylic on 2 cardboards,
1984, 38 x 54 cm
10584016

Very typical of these paintings are figures in dynamic gestures and extreme positions, which were recorded with expressive style on various finds of cardboard or paper.

TWO FIGURES
TWO FIGURES
acrylic on 2 papers,
1984, 29,5 x 33 cm
10584004

As if black color fought against white color and then both colors fought back again, the characters tell the process of their "birth" as "artistic individuals". The reduction in color created clear forms that contrast with expressive ciphers.

TWO FIGURES IN RELATIONSHIP
TWO FIGURES IN RELATIONSHIP
Acryl auf 2 Papieren,
1984, 30 x 42 cm
10584007

TWO FIGURES
TWO FIGURES
acrylic on 2 papers,
1984, 24 x 33 cm
10584015

TWO FIGURES
TWO FIGURES
acrylic on 2 papers,
1984, 30 x 42 cm
10584010
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

THREE FIGURES
THREE FIGURES
acrylic on 3 cardboards,
1984, 22 x 46,5 cm
10584012
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

FOUR FIGURES
FOUR FIGURES
acrylic and graphite on 4 papers,
1984, 29,5 x 87 cm
10584005

TWO FIGURES CARRYING
TWO FIGURES CARRYING
acrylic on 2 papers,
1984, 25 x 40 cm
10584006
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

Continue with Figures (Part 2)