The painting “Among the Unbelievers” evolved from a simple emotion to a complex study. Church of the Holy Cross, originally built in the 16th century has retained much of its character throughout the centuries. It brings the flavor of the olden days into the modern age. The turmoils and troubles of Slovakian people resulted in the church being rebuilt several times. It withstood. It survived Bocskai’s Uprising, Ottoman Turks, devastating fires and storms, World wars and Soviet occupation. In the 19th century it has been rebuild from its original late classicist baroque style into a neoclassical church we see today. However, as you can observe, architectural features are not the objective of this painting. Rather, its focus goes beyond the study of appearances.
The first study in the series especially reveals the emotion that was at the inception of this work – an innocent study of a church against the backdrop of a moody winter day. However, the final work portrays the church structure as a centerpiece. While integrated, it feels isolated from its surroundings as if everything around it changed – including its role in the society. The painting shows the old church which may have harbored fugitives, saved people from certain deaths and gave hope and purpose to so many, in isolation from the world, almost out of place. Maybe the society forgot what the church is about. Or perhaps it’s the other way around? Either way, for some this separation may mirror the center of their own faith while to others it stands as a relic without meaning.
Following is a selection of studies made in a span of several weeks or months. Follow the development of the idea behind the painting from its conception to completion.
Information for the Collector
All artwork is painted on 100% cotton rag watercolor paper with professional grade watercolor paints. The size of the finished work is 15 x 22 inches (38 x 56 centimeters). All studies are 11 x 15 inches (28 x 38 centimeters) in size. All original Novotny artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity.
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