Christina Tarkoff Oil Paintings

Painting the People & Places of Philadelphia & Beyond

"City Girls." See it at the Barnes!

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City Girls - Washington Square Park, Philadelphia, PA

"City Girls." See it at the Barnes!

from 32.00

Painting size is 8x10inches. Oil on stretched linen canvas. Original Painting includes Black Floater Frame.

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Painting size is 8x10inches. Oil on stretched linen canvas. Original Painting includes Black Floater Frame.

Let’s Connect Barnes—Exhibition/Competition

May 21–June 4, 2018

About the Barnes Competition .

During the Barnes’ Let’s Connect open call, artists throughout Philadelphia were given free access to the Barnes and asked to select a work of art in the collection to use as a departure point for creating their own work of art.

Artwork submitted by artists to the Let’s Connect competition displayed at the Barnes from May 21-June 4, 2018. During that time, the public and a team of curators voted for the artwork they feel best conveys an original interpretation of the Barnes artwork.

Winners of the competition invited to a three-month residency in the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes, provided a $1,000-per-month expense allowance, given come-and-go access to the Barnes, and asked to connect to the public by hosting open studio hours.


Why I painted “City Girls”

While searching through the online Barnes Collection to find inspiration for the Let's Connect competition, I stumbled upon "Country Girls" by Edith Dimock. The painting immediately struck me.

For several months, I have been trying to formulate, "Girl Power," a painting about three young girls enjoying a summer afternoon in Washington Square Park. Unhappy with my compositions, I locked the girls away in the artist-block portion of my brain.

I knew immediately, that "Country Girls" is not only an inspiration for Let's Connect, but it is my compositional solution to "Girl Power."

Despite the differences in time & culture, "Country Girls" communicates the female bonding message I hope to send with "Girl Power." With arms interlocked, Edith's girls are enjoying their time together and finding strength in each other.

Although Edith's medium is watercolor/gouache and I paint in oil. Edith's composition is simple, elegant, and conveys the camaraderie and the youth of the girls. As expected, the painting is even more captivating in person.

I returned home from the Barnes outing and immediately started sketching studies for my "Girl Power" painting. Along the way, I changed the name from "Girl Power" to "City Girls" to more closely compare/contrast to "Country Girls."

"Country Girls" reflects an earlier time, "City Girls" reflects current times. My paintings tell stories that cross traditional barriers such as age, income, education & race to help us understand the most important art of all — the art of being human. Such as the simple story of girls enjoying a beautiful day in a beautiful city park.


Painting: 8x10 Inch, Oil On Stretched Linen Canvas

The Original Painting size is 8x10 Inches. I use the highest quality artist oil paint on studio-wrapped stretched linen canvas. THE ORIGINAL PAINTING ARRIVES AT YOUR HOME FRAMED AND READY TO HANG.

In addition to the original painting, you can order canvas & paper prints. Click the drop down "Select Options" menu for sizes and price.

For inquiries and purchases, contact me at christina@christinatarkoff.com, or simply use the "ADD TO CART" button.

ORIGINAL PAINTING AVAILABLE — $240

I take every step to ensure the image is as accurate as possible to the original painting. However variations in color may occur due to monitor differences.