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Exhibition: The Colourful Side of Darkness
Aleksij Kobal, Igor Bravničar
This exhibition will present a selection of recent works by two celebrated Slovenian painters, both born in the 1960s and currently living in Ljubljana.
Aleksij Kobal is a painter of landscapes that can be vividly imagined but not experienced physically. Of impossible buildings that are seen but cannot be entered. Of atmospheric clouds turning into mists. Of spaces floating in the abyss of the mind. Everything is in complete silence perhaps or in droning echoes of memories. He is a painter of visions that are propelled gently and intimately, yet are powerful mentally and spiritually. He graduated and completed his master's studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In 2016 he received the Prešeren Foundation award, the highest national honor for artistic expression in Slovenia.
Igor Bravničar has completed both the Academy of Music and the Academy of Fine Arts. According to critic Goran Milovanović, in many of his oil paintings and plastic surfaces (lightboxes) one can recognize spatially unlimited meditative landscapes that have been transformed into mental spaces of seas, clouds and horizons. The artist is primarily interested in the modulation of the inner tensions of individual painting particles in relation to the whole. His works can be linked to the tradition of the sublime painting, but they also have as much to do with the current issue of transparency, flares and mirror surfaces in art. These scenes, free of all everyday happenings, human dynamics and restlessness, can use their moods to magnetize and charm the viewer.
Organised by the Embassy of Slovenia in London