by Alexandra Osadkova12 June '18
The outcomes of Blair’s policy oil painting
Blairism canvas - harsh visual statement!
Unlike many, the contemporary artist doesn’t want his pieces to be the Kantian ‘things-in-itself’. Being the follower of non-figurative art, he still keeps the narration as an important part of his creations, introducing it through the speaking titles and ‘epigraphs’ to the works. While definitely relishing the artistic qualities of the abstract art medium, the author at least partly submits it to the general concept that frequently touches upon the subjects of personal or social matter.
Living in the UK, Gheorghe Virtosu has seen the country following the various political vectors, achieving success and making mistakes.
However, our aim is not to discuss the artist’s views, but to analyze the way they are reflected in his abstract art. It would be difficult to demonstrate the entire ‘legacy’ of a person in a traditional realistically rendered portrait, not talking about doing the same with the help of the abstract painting language. Notwithstanding, the latter is proved to be the relevant instrument, as a distance from the traditional approach enables the artist to avoid getting personal and deride an individual, criticizing acts and their impact instead.
As a fresh Labour leader, Tony Blair was seen as a very promising politician, being highly charismatic and seemed to be ready to introduce the real changes.
Gheorghe Virtosu avoids turning his painting into a satirical caricature. The image isn’t about criticizing the past - it suggests making the right conclusions for the future instead. With due respect to the leadership and its responsibilities, he finds the way to render a powerful and, to a certain extent, harsh visual statement.