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Sleepless Angel Painting

Eugen Varzic

Croatia

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 17.7 W x 18.1 H x 0.4 D in

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Writing this text about the painter Eugen Varzić, an exceptional artistic personality of the Croatian art scene, I approached with the view that it should be viewed through the prism of autonomous art, not based on any artistic direction, an interest group in Croatian art life. He is lonely and inherent in himself. He is a painter who respects tradition, guided in his wanderings from the traps of so-called modernity to seemingly traditional painting, but completely contemporary and critically focused on everyday life, socially sensitive to the processes of disintegration of European civilization, mostly the ruins of mitteleuropäische culture. Varzić - an artistic path that I have been following for years - largely self-dictated in my search for an artistic direction, brought me through my work to numerous questions about how to interpret someone's work of art, artistic stimulus, no matter how banal it seemed. The painting path, ie creativity, is often a labyrinth of memories, the artist's education, sensory and spiritual reactions to previous life situations. The philosopher Plotinus (205-270 BC), who worked in the twilight of Greco-Roman civilization, believes that art is beautiful because it contains a spark of the spiritual, and introduces the concept of form. Shape is something that the artist gives to unprocessed matter. In fact, form is what that element of spirituality and soul consists of. Therefore, beautiful is something that is an inner thing of man, it is something that the artist gives to an unprocessed object. For one who watches a work of art this is beautiful because it establishes, as Plotinus says, harmony with his soul. If something is created from the soul - and the face is a mirror of the soul and the theme of this exhibition - the one who observes the work recognizes it and establishes an agreement with the otherworldly self.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:17.7 W x 18.1 H x 0.4 D in

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I paint in the same way I breathe. I stay the same, yet am in a constant change. This is how I entered the world of art and remained alone on that path. I’m not some ”based artist”, like an artist from Poreč, or from Istria. I do not belong anywhere. At least, that’s the way I feel, and the feeling is perfect. There is no drawer in which I can be shoved. Very early on, as a little boy, I defined myself as a painter. From the very beginning, I painted on paper, benches, walls, and in 1999. I graduated in painting. Today I live my boyhood dream wrapped up in this crazy time in which we live, and on which I did not count on when I was dreaming. Formal education is, by some, being pushed as an imperative, as an alibi. Going to study art, for me meant leaving the rows and throwing away the rifle to take the brush. It was so long ago, I almost don’t remember the details. I think that being a painter is a job where you are the loneliest. It’s a job by which I communicate with the world, and it’s easy to get misunderstood, but at the same time, art frees me from that solitude and confusion. Some vicious circle. I want to do something that is rarely done in art. Something that leaves the observer outside their comfort zone when standing in front of my art, and makes them ask if what they’re experiencing is in fact possible.This is where I try to survive and create. This idea is what keeps me going, although I have to admit, it is not easy. Almost every day I ask myself numerous questions, to which there is the only one answer: creation. This everyday ritual gives me a reason to live. A ritual of constant learning, changing, choosing the toughest path, constantly asking questions, with a clear head and faith. Inspiration for me is music. In silence, I could not take the brush in my hands. Inspiration is a written word. Inspiration is in history, religion, practically in everything. It’s my neighbour, who may inspire me to create five new paintings. In the empty streets and deserted cities. Often at night before bed, I make sketches in my head for future ideas and paintings. The images come by themselves, sometimes they turn into dreams, and sometimes they move onto the canvas. Inspiration is in the history of art. In everything and everyone. Faces are like books. The face meets the tide of life, and before it draws back, I record it in paint. Figuration as an inspiration. Traditional painting as a starting point and as a commitment.

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