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This painting is all about smoking. Everyone looking at it inevitably finds themselves inside a cigarette. There is so much personal in this process of smoking, so many emotions, plenty of intimate things. When somebody goes out to have a smoke, he is aware that he is exiting this realm and entering another.

I’ve always wanted to depict the feeling of freedom during a smoke break. When I go out for a smoke, especially with someone else, life freezes for these 10 minutes. We transcend it since cigarettes have a power to stretch time in such a peculiar way! Conversations instantly go beyond their usual framework; surprising revelations tend to happen within this space. We go into nicotine infinity that is burning out together with the times.

Zemfira’s song “Cigarettes” became an inspiration for this painting.

100х100 canvas, acrylic, pastels


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