2018, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 80 x 4 cm (WxHxD)
Series: Abstract Cityscapes
This series was inspired by digitally-networked and global business travelers. Semi-abstract, the artwork visualizes urban life. The facades of the skyscrapers inspired her to paint in muted colors and to visualize the cool and distant feeling of concrete, glass, and steel that comprises the buildings. Rusty tones were integrated in an effort to remind the viewer that nothing lasts forever and of the inevitable progression of time.
The artist imagined stories about possible events and situations that occurred in these buildings and asked herself whether it would be desirable to spend half a lifetime in a such a building, working 9-5. More deeply, she asked when did people start doing work that is so far removed from the beautiful, energy-giving natural world?
Signed with RedOutside stamp on the side and signature on the back.
About the artist
Viktoria Koestler was born and raised in Germany, and currently lives in Zurich.
After completing a degree in psychology and working for an international strategy and management consultancy, Viktoria devoted her attention to her artwork receiving training from Chelsea College of Arts (London) and Sotheby’s Institute of Art (New York City). Viktoria has been exhibiting her artwork in major cities across Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and is currently focused on exhibitions in New York City and Zurich.
Viktoria combines oil and acrylic paints, often on wood panels. Her signature style of bold and expressive brush strokes over multiple opaque and transparent layers feature brilliant, vibrant, and high-contrast colors. Viktoria’s gold gilding craftwork accentuates the value and uniqueness of her creations. Her semi-abstract style is inspired by natural landscapes – including figurative and representational elements. The conversations she has with extraordinary personalities deeply influence the energy of each piece of art.
Viktoria’s calling is to create bold artwork for people who wake up each morning with the intention to make a difference in our world – for people with strong visions and ambitious goals. The underlying theme in Viktoria’s artwork is how to create a successful life by overcoming past regrets, roles, and societal beliefs.
In a world where almost everything is accessible to everyone, she wants to emphasize that authentic experiences contain elements of good and bad, birth and death, and love and hate. Viktoria artistically transfers these seeming contradictions into her artwork through combining unusual materials like gold and graffiti spray paint, organic forms and harsh edges, high contrasting colors, and the use of materials that wouldn’t normally be used in traditional painting techniques.
Viktoria’s pieces are distinguished by a striking red that spans the outer surface of the stretched canvasses or wood panels (varying in thickness from 2–12 cm). This hallmark nods to the name: RedOutside.
For the edges, Viktoria used a bold lacquer red that displayed a glossy finish. All original artwork is stamped with the RedOutside logo, a registered trademark.