Hot or Cold
2018, Acrylic and oil on wood, 70 x 100 x 5 cm (WxHxD)
The art series “Oasis”, created by Viktoria A. Koestler, shows the polarity of hot and cold. Inspiredby African savannas, oases, and the burning sun that gives nature life, the artist eventually came up with paintings featuring high contrasts expressed by different shades of red and blue. Viewers of Oasis are invited to feel the heat of the burning sun on their skin, as well as the refreshing water which you can dive into when looking at the paintings.
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.