Updated: Aug 17
26 July, 2020. The Rocket is the artwork of German Russian rising tennis star Alexander Zverev. Painted by Ukrainian artist Anastasiia Karpenko.
Alexander "Sascha" Zverev, born 20 April 1997, is the second-youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals ATP, and was a permanent fixture in the top 5 throughout 2018. Zverev was the champion at the 2018 ATP Finals, which had made him the youngest winner at the year-end championship in a decade. He is the only active player outside of the Big Four with 3 ATP Masters 1000 titles. Nadal has called him a "clear possible future No 1," while Novak Djokovic has said, "Hopefully, he can surpass me." Zverev was born into a tennis family. His parents Irina and Alexander Sr. both played professionally for the Soviet Union, and his older brother Mischa is also a professional who has been ranked as high as No 25 in the world. Zverev is a former world No 1 junior, and won a junior Grand Slam singles title at the 2014 Australian Open.
By the artist "In this artwork is important the movement of sportsman, color and energy. It’s like a shot but we feel a dynamic and big concentration in muscles, position of his body and all composition. The main character takes a lot of space in this painting, he like aspires to break the frame and his shadow doesn’t fit into the picture, it extends beyond it like an endless white line. Alexander plays with big passion, he smile at this moment when all his muscles strained and prepared for big game. Strong contrast of colors, shadow and light makes it more impressive and express the internal feelings of sportsman. We feel and know that he will win. The painting is painted in the style of realism with elements of expressionism. The artist wants to show the poetic side of sport, struggle and will to win. Professional sports delights her, because a person does what seemed impossible before. A person toil throughout life to do a miracle that can be placed in a moment."
The Berlin Tennis Gallery Artworks´ Style
This is the aim of The Berlin Tennis Gallery (The BTG) arts: to capture not only the outer appearance of the player but her inner essence as well - her energy, life force, and spirit. To accomplish this goal, the painter rejects the use of unnatural artistic effects. Like the photographer who prefers to work with bright and strong colors, The BTG regarded a deep blue color as the central means to express the key message of the painting. The artist also insisted on the changeable qualities of light and shadow.
Figurative art, describes artwork that is clearly derived from real (person) sources, and is therefore by definition representational. “Figurative art” is often defined in contrast to abstract art: Paintings can therefore be divided into the categories of figurative, representational and abstract. The formal elements, upon which figurative art is dependent, include line, shape, color, light and dark, mass, volume, texture, and perspective. These elements are deployed to create an impression or illusion of form and space, and to create emphasis in the narrative portrayed.
References and Sources:
1. The Rocket at: berlintennisgallery.com
2. Available as original oil painting as well as limited art editions on berlintennisgallery.com/shop
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