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Toll Free Diamond
by Raisa Nosova
Oil on canvas
44 x 48 in.

Brushstrokes of Brilliance


Much of Raisa Nosova's work attributes to her nostalgia toward particular places and things she has come across throughout her life. Her interest stems from the relationship with environments and how we as social creatures interact within our own habitats. Additionally, her fascination with character and mood in atmospheres has motivated her to study new cultures and travel around the world, and has been a centerpiece of her artwork.

Toll Free Diamond, falls within a body of work that has focused on a growing abstraction with things she paints found in the environments of her travels. The artist's relationship with the object is that of intimacy that we can deduct by the extremely close perspective. Raisa confesses that she tends to not have a feeling of belonging to the places in her daily life, and often fixates on ideas of inclusion, finding ways to make them more discernible in her transient life. Her choice of painting a diamond amplifies the idea of tangibility with the object because of how it corresponds to such affluence in today’s society.

In this particular work we can also see Raisa's connection to expressionism. We can compare this to Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night in how she attacked this painting in conception. Starry Night captures the spirit of the night and the special feeling it evoked within Van Gogh. He captured the emotions and excitement that was before him. Like Van Gogh, Raisa is not replicating what a diamond looked like but to instead use color more arbitrarily to express the feelings hidden within her when gazing upon the object.

Raisa paints as if color is the medium. She shows us how playfully the light dances as it reflects within the cuts of the diamond and how important a role color plays in how she communicates her concept. Not only does the painting capture the brilliant object by her broad expressive brushstrokes but also questions the origin of the subject. As the diamond represents a nostalgia similar as the places she has visited it shows her relationship with the object is that of wonderment. Raisa uses the power of her paint to show how a diamond of this caliber (toll-free) brings out its brilliance.

Please check out Raisa's other paintings and learn more about her and other artists showcased on HobokenArts™ Online Gallery.


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