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'IN THE MIDDLE' Artwork - Limited Edition of 30

Vinko Kalcic

United Kingdom

Mixed Media, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 165.4 W x 233.9 H x 0.4 D in

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About The Artwork

“Kintsugi”, means “golden seams” or “golden repair”. It is a traditional Japanese art form and “wabi-sabi” (the act of embracing the flawed or imperfect) technique of mending broken pottery which uses lacquer and gold or other precious metals to emphasise rather than hide the breaks. This technique often references natural forms such as landscapes, trees, waterfalls and rivers. Kintsugi is also a Zen Buddhist philosophy, a golden alchemy that transforms the object into something new, more rare and beautiful than before. The careful repair of these broken pots symbolises and implies a reconciliation with what is broken, imperfect and scarred. There is no attempt to disguise the damage, but to make the fault lines beautiful and strong. This offers us a metaphor for recovery from trauma, as it is a physical manifestation expressing the resilience of nature.

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Mixed Media:Acrylic on Canvas

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:30

Size:165.4 W x 233.9 H x 0.4 D in

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Vinko Kalcic is an internationally acclaimed artist based in London. 
Born in Yugoslavia, he began drawing as a young child, creating colourful cartoon-like works inspired by comic books and fuelled by a vivid imagination. At just eighteen years old he began to paint in the bold, frank style of Naïve Art. Just one year later, he sold his first painting. This was the beginning of a career that would take him across the world, exploring the many facets of the Art world, from photography to music and beyond. The young artist’s career launched with successful exhibitions throughout Italy including in Milan, Rome, Turin, Venice, Udine, Trieste, Como etc. and later across Europe in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Formal education followed, primarily in Fine Art/Design but in later years his dedication to artistic and personal development would lead to studies in Multimedia, Digital Compositing for Film/Video in London’s Escape Studios and Creative Studies in Queen’s University, Belfast. In 1991, the bloodiest interethnic and unjustified conflict in Europe since the Second World War broke out in Yugoslavia. Vinko a passionate pacifist believing that the value of human life is so high that nothing can justify killing a person deliberately, he fled the country and found himself in Northern Ireland on friend’s invitation. He forged connections and friendships with many like-minded artists, most notably the renowned singer-songwriter Tommy Sands. Tommy’s compassionate nature and innate talent are matched only by his dedication to peace activism. Music, art and antiwar movement forged a beautiful friendship. Vinko had a chance and privilege to work with him on a number of music and peace projects. Vinko became profoundly aware of the need for healing, in the past, present and future. His family history bore the deep wounds of personal tragedy during the Second World War. 
The healing nature of Art is a concept that has echoed throughout Vinko’s work.  The opportunity to put this concept into action came with his involvement in a cross-community outreach project facilitated by the Northern Ireland Peace & Reconciliation Board. Working with Tom Newman, acclaimed producer/engineer of Mike Oldfield's legendary Tubular Bells'. Vinko provided visuals (design/photography/video) for an exciting reworking of this masterpiece with around 800 segregated schoolchildren in number of schools across Northern Ireland.

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