Author: Luís Parreira

“Beauty Inside Out”

“Beauty Inside Out”

The painting “Beauty Inside Out” was inspired by the eponymous short story by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and the film “Beauty and the Beast”, directed by Bill Condon.

This painting shows us a beautiful woman who learns to look beyond physical appearance, to recognize the true human heart and soul.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 50 x 70 cm / 20 x 28 inch
Year: 2020
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille

“Off with her head”

“Off with her head”

The painting “Off with her head” was inspired by The Queen of Hearts, a fictional character from the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Tim Burton’s film interpretation.

This painting shows us a foul-tempered monarch, authoritarian and with doubtful beauty, who solves all difficulties, big or small, shouting: “Off with their heads!”.

Unfortunately in our lives, we often have to deal with people with a temperament similar to the Queen of Hearts … which makes us “lose our heads”!

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 50 x 70 cm / 20 x 28 inch
Year: 2020
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille

“Drink me”

“Drink me”

The piece “Drink me” is an oil painting inspired by Alice from Lewis Carroll’s children’s story “Alice in Wonderland”.

This painting shows us the surreal and absurd side of a teenager’s dreams, where Alice appears having a tea in a totally inverted reality. This reveals many of the feelings of adolescence, and the way they see themselves in the world.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 70 x 100 cm / 28 x 39 inch
Year: 2020
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille

“Springs Mother” and “Aphrodite” at Teatro Micaelense

“Springs Mother” and “Aphrodite” at Teatro Micaelense

The Regional Secretariat for Education and Culture, through the Regional Directorate for Culture, in partnership with Teatro Micaelense, promote the collective painting exhibition António Dacosta, in the city of Ponta Delgada.

My Paintings “Springs Mother” and “Aphrodite” will be on display in this exhibition.

Available from january 31 to May 1, 2020

Opening on january 31 at 6 pm

After the opening, it will be available, before the beginning of the shows, for ticket holders.

“Mirror, mirror on the wall”

“Mirror, mirror on the wall”

The piece “Mirror, mirror on the wall” is my version of the Evil Queen inspired by the character played by Charlize Theron in the fantasy film “Snow White and the Huntsman”, directed by Rupert Sanders.

Evil queen is one of my favorite villans, especially in the Charlize interpretation. For this reason, I decided to represent her blonde, with light eyes and incorporate some elements of the film, such as the golden crown and a feather coat, whose gradient was inspired by a Zuhair Murad jacket.

This painting shows us The Queen looking at herself in the mirror as the fairest of all, while the crow holds the key that can unleash the Snow White.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 50 x 70 cm / 19.68 x 27.55 inch
Year: 2019
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille

“Lolita”

“Lolita”

The piece Lolita was inspired by the character of the novel written by Vladimir Nabokov and in the second film adaptation of it.

This painting shows us Lolita as a beautiful teenager, trying to be seductive with her lips blurred in red.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 40 x 50 cm / 15.74 x 19.68 inch
Year: 2019
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille

“Angelique Bouchard”

“Angelique Bouchard”

The piece Angelique Bouchard was inspired by the fictional character of the film Dark Shadows, in which she is the main antagonist. She is a powerful witch driven by her hesitant love and hatred for Barnabas Collins.

This painting shows us how it is possible to have opposing feelings about a person and how those feelings can crack even who seem unbreakable.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 40 x 50 cm / 15.74 x 19.68 inch
Year: 2019
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille

“Lily”

“Lily”

The piece Lily was inspired by Lilith Sullivan, a demonic girl and main antagonist of the 2009 psychological horror film Case 39.

This painting shows us that sometimes, behind an innocent and beautiful appearance, an evil being is hidden and how easily we can be under delusion, which will affect perilously our lives.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 50 x 70 cm / 19.68 x 27.55 inch
Year: 2019
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille

“Bella”

“Bella”

The piece Bella was inspired by the fictional character of the Harry Potter series called Bellatrix Lestrange.

She is a dangerous witch and skilled duelist, one of the craziest female villains around the world.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 40 x 50 cm / 15.74 x 19.68 inch
Year: 2019
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille

“Esther”

“Esther”

The piece Esther was inspired by the character of the psychological horror film Orphan, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by David Leslie Johnson from a story by Alex Mace.

The plot centers on a couple who, after the death of their unborn child, adopted the mysterious and insidious 9-year-old girl called Esther.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 40 x 50 cm / 15.74 x 19.68 inch
Year: 2019
Technique: Glazing over Grisaille