For the past seventeen years, the third Monday of January has been crowned 'the most depressing day of the year.' This miserable Monday was deemed as such for a variety of reasons, including: the post-Christmas comedown, low productivity levels, rubbish weather and failed-attempts at doing Veganary/ Dry January/ The-latest-fad-ary.
This year, however, along with all the above we have a three new Covid-19 variants to add to the list, an attempted coup at the US Capitol, and the UK officially leaving the EU.
Nearly a year on, we're all still at home, so why not beat Blue Monday with some blue artworks for your walls?
1. Reality Doesn't Exist
No, this isn't an episode of Black Mirror (or is it?), it's just the title of the fabulous Aida Portuesi's powerful painting. Created in January 2020, Portuesi foreshadowed the ultimate test that would be 2020, claiming her motivation for the piece stemmed from an unwavering anxiety and recurring nightmare that she had months before the pandemic began.
A symbol of freedom, wings have been celebrated for centuries for their gravity-defying capabilities and celestial connotations. That true sense of liberation and weightlessness is a distant memory at a time where restrictions and regulations dominate our socially-distanced, lives.
Paola Morandi's painting captures that sense of unrestraint, floating freely against a tabula rasa of potential.
3. Arlecchino blu
In the mid-16th century, the Arlecchino (Harlequin) was a cowardly and comic servant, defined by his perpetual lack of money (I can relate). The early 17th century, however, saw a notable change in his reputation, becoming patient, caring, faithful and, most importantly forgiving to those who had tricked and cheated him.
If there is one thing we learnt whilst entering 2021, would be patience, patience not only with external affairs and mutating viruses, but with most significantly, ourselves.
4. Blue Night
Ahmed Mande perfectly captures the motion of city; lights flickering, cars revving and the wind blowing.
Using a palette knife to create his piece, Mande is able to depict both the harsh architectural angles of skyscrapers and the soft focus of life in the fast lane.
Translating as 'windy,' Ventoso seeks to illustrate the often overlooked natural phenomenon on canvas. Colours, expressive brushstrokes and textures dance across the piece, demonstrating the incredible spectacle of the natural world.