“Above all, however, the paintings represent his hedonistic élan, which stemmed from using clean, pasty and exuberant colors.”
Courtesy of the artist.
Davor Vuković’s style development has had its specific logic; it evolved from descriptive and narrative (but always expressive) into abstract and structural, and then inside that abstraction it showed an interesting path from reality construction, through its formative deconstruction to a new reality.
In the last instance, up to a certain point of simulacrum, with perception adjusted to a new level of cognition. Firm forms have from their initial phase in the next – deconstruction phase (cycle ‘Transformation’), under the influence of light and energy of gesture disintegrated and spread explosively over the canvas, and then in the most recent cycle ‘Archipelago’ all those scattered particles came together through osmosis, transgressing into the creation of new shapes and giving life to finally concise and synthesized color masses of an imaginary landscape. Thus creating archipelagos in a perceptible and constructed, but realistically nonexistent world. The archipelagos seem to be static but they are actually floating and moving, vibrating and pulsating in a fluid, thick magma of purple, turquoise, blue and green, the colors of his a personal ‘sea’. Space and time overlap here, and the view is constantly being adjusted, so sometimes they seem remote and sometimes very close, leaving an impression of everlasting and eternal, as well as stretched out, personal and emotive. With Vuković it is mostly the impression of the intimate, because the paintings show him on the inside – thoughts, feelings and memories, as well as his philosophy of the relationship with nature and life in general. Above all, however, the paintings represent his hedonistic élan, which stemmed from using clean, pasty and exuberant colors. Written by Višnja Slavica Gabout (from the foreword to the exhibition catalogue at Porezna upravaGallery, Zagreb, 2011.)