"On the beach", 100x140, Acrylic on canvas, 2012
"Shopping", 100x140, Acrylic on canvas, 2012
"Tabloid", 100x120, Acrylic/tape on canvas, 2012
"Skin", 70x70, Graphite/acrylic on canvas, 2012
"Jeans", 70x70, Graphite/acrylic on canvas, 2012
"Weave", 70x70, Graphite/acrylic on canvas, 2012
..just a moment before starting working on the next picture
"beauty becomes more beautiful than beauty, truth becomes truer than truth".
Looking back and trying to verify the way I have been perceiving the world, I see that beauty has been the greatest value for me. I have always wanted to speak about this value in my own language. Now I do so in my short stories - glimpses in shades of gray. In these works I analyze the things that stike and intrigue me. It feels like looking at a rare diamond which I cut myself.
When meeting somebody for the first time, I often notice non obvious facts beneath the surface - results of prior experiences, memories, complexes and fighting for identity.
However, I never had a chance to meet the people in my paintings. I spotted them while skipping pages of tabloids and photo sessions. I used these characters as a pretext.
They create an invisible barrier between the reality and the fiction, just like a reflection in a window pane or a mirror.
This is why I base the assumptions about these people on my own life experience. I imagine paint their history as I see it in my imagination. In my opinion, everybody has an inner filter through which they perceive other people in a certain way. They encode traits, smell and gestures...We associate the perception filter with a particular person at the first meeting. Based on it we continue creating a matching image. I follow this pattern in my paintings. I usually paint neutral, not related stories which I join in one emotional tale. My mind is driven by situations that only happen in my imagination. I am their creator. None of the characters in somebody in particular. I refer to layers and pervasion by using a motive of reflections hiding the reality, shredding it into pieces...to never disclose it in full. With reflections as the main motive, these works are a metaphor of human perception, which is never complete and objective. Baudrillard's Simulacra - ecstasy of reality being fed by mass media.
I am a painter for whom it is extremely important to stay frank with myself and the viewer. In my works I strive to capture a hint of my emotions that might have gone too quickly or not happen at all. I call myself a minimalist using a combination or black and white and a whole palette of grayness. I tell stories and paint feelings that permeate though white background of solitude. What has not been presented by colours, I express with texture and temperature of black. Looking at my paintings in a simplified way, you can feel the spirit of a black and white photograph.
I often look for inspiration in fashion coverages, including works of Hedi Slimane. Fashion has always been and will remain my drive.