Adriatic Wonder: the Work of Davor Vukovic
Broadway Gallery, 473 Broadway Fl. 7, New York, NY 10013.
October 16th – 29th 2013
Opening Reception October 17th 6-8pm
Broadway Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition featuring the new work of Davor Vukovic.
His most recent and largest paintings (300×300 cm) are to be shown in the artist’s second one-man exhibition at New York’s Broadway Gallery in October 2013. Although they depict the sea, islands, and submarine landscapes in tones of dark blue and indigo, they also reflect the sky, the infinity of the space, and the moving of myriads of stars and galaxies. The work involves reflections of dark and light sky with the bottom of the sea on the surface and in the deep water. These shades, spots, and effusions of paint evoke Monet’s large-format paintings, although they are carried out in a completely different way by using the techniques of action painting. The background, due to the artist’s tectonic moves in the process of constructing and deconstructing, emerges on the very surface of the painting like islands emerge from the sea. They are the images of brightness and the future, but also of the depths of infinity where we can easily vanish and disappear in the artist’s ecstasy. These paintings reflect our experiences and our collective inner anxieties with the unknown.
When we indulge in them, we see the tide and the ebb and flow through the magma of paint. We see the glittering flicker of the sun, the moon, and the stars on the surface of the axiomatic, Vuković most recent works pulsate in harmonic rhythm so that the dense radiant open colors of the coast, undersea, and the islands, are poured into his paintings like the sea itself. They are as transparent as watercolor paintings but also saturated with ultramarine blue, the trademark color of the people living in southern Croatia.
On one side, there is the impression of fragile diffusion, instability and motion, the permanent interaction with the sea, the sky, the light, and the chromatic and tonal varieties of color. On the other hand, hidden from our eyes, there is the static nature of archipelagoes, their primordial character, their hidden connection to the land, their deep roots in the ground – an almost metaphorical paraphrase of the artist’s being.
Davor Vukoric is a Croat and was born in 1951. While he initially studied economics, his artistic instinct led him to enroll at the Fine Arts Education Center in Zagreb. It was here that Vukoric mastered his understanding of form and composition, and began culminating his own style. Since 1995 he has been a member of the Croatian Association of Artists and Likum. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions and 25 group shows. He works and lives in Zapresic. Croatia.