01 Work, Contemporary Interpretations of Olympian deities, Pavol Kajan’s Venus Anadyomene, with footnotes #27

Pavol Kajan
Venus Anadyomene, c. 2019

Giclee fineart print
40 × 32 in, 101.6 × 81.2 cm
Private collection

Venus Anadyomene, “Venus Rising From the Sea”), is one of the iconic representations of the goddess Venus, made famous in a much-admired painting by Apelles, now lost, but described in Pliny’s Natural History, with the anecdote that the great Apelles employed Campaspe, a mistress of Alexander the Great, for his model. 

The subject never entirely disappeared in Western art, and revived greatly in the Italian Renaissance, with further boosts in the Baroque and Rococo, and in late 19th-century Academic painting. At least, one central female nude is practically required in the subject, which has contributed to its popularity. More on Venus Anadyomene

Pavol Kajan has a strong background in Music and Performing Arts. With degrees from the Conservatory of Bratislava, a B.A from the University of Music and Performing Arts Bratislava, and Canterbury Christ Church University in UK, he completed his studies at National Film and TV School in Beaconsfield, in UK attaining his Masters of Arts. 

During this period he discovered his passion for visual storytelling and creative fine art photography. Pavol dedicated the next 7 years exploring the medium through experimentation of different techniques.

In 2019, his artworks were shortlisted by the committee for the Royal Arts Prize 2019, in London, gaining exposure and recognition for his work.   

Pavol currently resides in his native region Orava, in Slovakia, and is working on his lifelong project about archetypal reflections of humanity and the psyche. 

Kajan is a pioneer in Contemporary Portrait Photography, as he invented a new way to approach staged photography. Each of his photographic compositions are carefully researched and prepared in his studio with live models and no digital alterations on the final image. The use of dramatic lighting with vivid contrasts of light and shade refer us to the chiaroscuro technique used by great masters of the 16th century, such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. More on Pavol Kajan

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