Sister – Mediterranean Sundowns

Oil painting on canvas, dimensions 40″ x 30” (102 x 76 cm), 2012.

This painting echoes the idea(s) present in my previous work (“Moonways – Mediterranean Nights”). Numerous similarities – division in ten vertical strips patterned in dark and light tones with sharp discontinuation with each other applied to the background and foreground (but not on the main landscape), typical Mediterranean architecture, stylized  light-path shapes, dreamlike atmosphere, half hidden  shapes that could be seen as different objects with different meanings, the size, etc., dictated the name for the painting – being the sister painting to the previous one.

I usually don’t paint pictures in the same “style” (hopefully, I will find some time and room to give an explanation on that), but this was an exception I couldn’t suppress: “Moonways” just needed it. They should probably be placed on the wall next to each other.

This picture is actually a self-portrait in some way – myself being the island.

Thoughts about Mediterranean still occupy my mind and there will certainly be more paintings inspired by the area, but they might be painted in a different manner.

Last week I had this picture (together with other four oil paintings) on a show organized by local IMAA celebrating World Refugee Day and had a pleasure to hear positive feedback about the work



Moonways – Mediterranean Nights

Oil Painting on canvas, 40″ x 30″ (102 cm x 76 cm), September 2011

The idea for the picture came from the vacation that I spent with my family in Croatia. When one visits a place like that ( and it could be also in Italy, Greece, Turkey, France, Spain, North Africa of Near East) one can feel the magic of the place where realty is mixed with  dreams, and history with today. The architecture, climate, air and sea, voices and sounds, smell of salt in the air, and colors, colors. Whenever I visit those places I am back into history, walking the streets that the emperors walked, sailing the seas which the ancients sailed. I am also going back to my own history because I was born there.



The Beasts

Oil painting on canvas, 30″ x 24″ (76 cm x 61 cm), August 2011

I’ve seen them in the outskirts of the towns and cities. Their bodies burned with light and fire … the new breed, never seen before.

I started this painting this picture before our vacation in Croatia (the summer 2010), and had it unfinished on easel for some time. When back home, it didn’t take much to finish it – it was easy because I already had a clear idea what to do.

I started this one as a digital work, experimenting a lot and leaving a whole series of different versions. The monochrome background had allowed me to put into it a great amount of fantastic images that could be seen as a story by itself (and, maybe, a source for some further ideas to paint).

The idea for this picture came to me one evening as squinting and shaking my head while watching the lights of my lamp moving …