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Bride price is a sum of money or quantity of goods given to a bride’s family by that of the groom. Bride price is mandatory in almost every traditional African society. The amount of money and goods are decided by the bride's family and is often negotiable. Without the bride price, the marriage is not complete, and the bride is considered “stolen” by the bride’s family hence not valid.

“Ọla Nti” in the Igbo language of Nigeria means earring which is one of the items in a bride price list. Depending on the wealth of the groom he and his family can enter into a non-written contract with the bride’s family, in which he pays upfront or promises to pay what he owes within a specified period of time.

The concept behind bride price, that women are commodities to be bought and sold, is rooted in patriarchal beliefs. In practices, where a bride price is paid, it is common for the husband to believe that by paying the bride price, he now owns his wife. This licenses marital rape and domestic abuse as the wife is seen as the husband’s “property.” Rural women still suffer under a lack of civil liberties, with higher rates of gender based violence due to misogynistic social practices such as genital mutilation and women are still treated like spare parts to be used and discarded at will. When it comes to cultural cost it seems the women always pay the price.

Oil, Tar, Acrylic and Paper Collage on Canvas.

ARTWORK HAS ARCHIVAL VARNISH WITH UV PROTECTION. IT IS PROFESSIONALLY WRAPPED AND SHIPS CRATED WITH COMMERCIAL FREIGHT INSURANCE.

Oil, Tar and Acrylic on Canvas.

ARTWORK HAS ARCHIVAL VARNISH WITH UV PROTECTION. IT IS PROFESSIONALLY WRAPPED AND SHIPS CRATED WITH COMMERCIAL FREIGHT INSURANCE.

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas.

ARTWORK HAS ARCHIVAL VARNISH WITH UV PROTECTION. IT IS PROFESSIONALLY WRAPPED AND SHIPS CRATED WITH COMMERCIAL FREIGHT INSURANCE.

A Warm Day - an original oil painting on canvas by world-renowned artist Yulia Nikonova. Landscape painting with birch trees and autumn golden foliage.

A beautiful colorful accent for your home, bedroom, living room, dining room, entryway, or office.

It’s a perfect gift for your family, friends, colleagues, and business partners.

- Title: A Warm Day

- Size: 24x18 inches (61x46 cm)

- Impressions: birch, fall, autumn, the season of colors, Catskill mountains, foliage, golden leaves, meadow.

- Original handmade landscape oil painting on canvas. Gallery quality, valuable investment.

- Artist: Yulia Nikonova.

- Style: Realism, Fine art.

- Painted in 2021, in New Jersey.

- Materials: High-quality oil paints on stretched canvas, reinforced with a wooden frame.

- Signature: Signed on the front with the Certificate of Authenticity enclosed.

- Shipping: I ship worldwide.

Your painting will be shipped within 1-3 business days in a reinforced cardboard box with all required protective measures. I ship with UPS (or a similar carrier when not available).

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Yulia Nikonova is a contemporary American artist born in Russia and living in New Jersey.

She paints high-quality landscapes and still-lifes in classic techniques of European realism. Her artworks are standing out by very close attention to details and incomparable mastership in work with colors and hues.

Yulia was born in Moscow, Russia, and obtained her first classical art degree there. After traveling around the world for many years and studying works of art grandmasters of the past and present, she found her new home on Jersey Shore where she lives and creates now.

You can find her works in private collections in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, France, Spain, Germany, and even Australia.

WHY BUY YULIA’S PAINTINGS?

- Beautiful original fine art paintings of museum quality performed with the highest technique and skill level with high-quality materials.

- A really impressive and posh touch of the artistic taste for your home, living room, dining room, bedroom, or office.

- Bright, colorful, and unique gift for your family, friends, colleagues, and business partners that will last for many decades.

- Fast, reliable shipping.

- Valuable investment which price will always increase with time.

- Original signed handmade artwork of gallery quality with a Certificate of Authenticity. Not only a beautiful decoration but a fine investment that will grow in value with years.

Thank you so much for your interest in my paintings.

With love,

Yulia

One of three pieces in this collection of abstracts recently created about meditation, the violet flame, sending prayers out, keeping the inner world strong and bright.

Acrylic and resin.

I had ordered 4 30"x30" panels.  I knew I wanted to create a series but of what?  What colors?  What design?  I was daunted by the blank panels.  Finally, I decided I had waffled quite enough.  I had worked on other things, procrastinating until the Muse arrived.  But as we all well know, the Muse never arrives unless you are creating.  So it was time to get on it.

I began work on a small piece, 11"x14" as a study.  I've loved the blue in this piece, Wedgwood Blue, ever since I first saw it.  But I knew I didn't want to go all blue for so very many of my pieces are blue.  I thought I'd see how rice paper gessoed and painted worked with resin.  I bought some deep dark brown, pulled out Flesh Ochre and Walnut Ink, and started in.  "Light Over Dark" (in prints) was the result.  I loved it.  I love how the resin moved and flowed, stopping only when the rice paper stuck up off of the surface a bit. 

Now that I had the colors and the concept to go with it, it was time to get on it.  So I created Aerial View.  

Aerial View looks like topography to me.  The view is from above. The brown river, rather like the Mississippi before levies contained it, spreads and widens in spots, narrowing in others.  Fingers of color spread and roam through the piece.  Best of all is the dimensional aspect; that is, the rice paper which creates hard-edged lines and sticks up in places, adding to the interest and, dare I say, Intrigue of the piece.  

This figure is painted on a vintage lace background. The artist wanted to experiment with painting on a textured fabric surface and the lace adds another level of femininity. It hides the canvas just as the figure hides her face. This piece is playful and warm. The elaborate mask a woman puts on is not necessarily always a social requirement. Sometimes she does it just to be someone else.

This image is part of  a portfolio that looks at and reinterprets cityscapes by using the Google Photo Sphere/Street View app and my smartphone’s camera in a new way. The resulting disassembled and reconstructed 360° scenes are created by subverting the normal process for creating digital panoramas. Instead of depicting the world in a realistic documentary fashion, my smartphone camera become a tool for bending space and time to create immersive abstract views that reinterpret reality and are filled with a dizzying sense of mystery and wonder.

I lived on China Lake in central Maine for a year. The changing seasons created very interesting reflections on the lake. These structures are no longer extant- they were already about to fall over, which fascinated me- their dilapidated state almost had a natural feel.

A dark mirror surrounded by remnants of familiar childhood games. Wooden frame is hand carved and painted in layers upon layers. Artist in reflection not included (until it becomes you).

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