BY Oleksandra Osadcha POSTED 3rd of May 2018 17:00 GMT
“A work of art is a world in itself reflecting the senses and emotions of the artist’s world.”, Hans Hofmann.
When talking about Abstract art, we usually think of something completely detached from the reality, chaotic and totally irrational. However, looking into the essence of this creative phenomenon, one can notice that, as a matter of fact, the very roots of Abstractionism are deeply connected with the surrounding existence. The material world starts tracing its images and patterns in our minds since the first moment we have opened our eyes. Composition, harmony, proportions, light, color, line, texture, mass, movement – all these are the elements of the ‘visual dictionary,’ composed by our physical sensations. Thus, the interaction with art objects is largely based on the ability to recognize the infinite manifestations of the material world in this or that image, even in the most abstract one. Abstract art doesn’t deny Life but transforms it into the ‘artistic reality,’ which is no less true and haptic then the reality itself.
Meet the artist - Gheorghe Virtosu
Being a self-taught abstract artist, Gheorghe Virtosu still managed to grasp that subtle notion and embody it in his oil painting. At first glance, his works are purely abstract. The compositions consist mostly of the fluid forms intertwining with each other and floating over the painting surface. However, our mind immediately recognizes biomorphic shapes in them. This approach reminds of the abstractions by such great masters as Wassily Kandinsky (founder of the lyrical Abstract painting) and Joan Miró (one of the prominent representatives of Surrealism). Both of the artists were inspired by the interest in natural sciences, especially in embryology, zoology and microscope observations. Biomorphism allowed them to mute the rational side of our psyche, which often overshadows the pure voice of the animated matter. Unlike Kandinsky or Miró, Virtosu doesn’t deny the rational side of art: each of his composition has a title, which immediately refers to some archetypes, stories or social concepts. Thus, the master accepts narration as an essential part of his abstract works. The titles create the bridge between his art and a viewer, giving the key to the interpretation of the images. Paradoxically, Gheorghe doesn’t oust but welcomes the reality into his paintings.
|Adam and Eve, abstract painting||Zainab bint Muhammad, abstract painting|
Reading the titles of his canvases, one can be surprised with the variety of the subjects, as they embrace everything, from religion (both Christian and Islamic – Adam and Eve, Zainab bint Muhammad) to the prominent figures of the modernity and past (Winston Churchill, Henry VIII of England), and highly topical or permanent themes (Pride parade, The source of life). However, all these subjects are united with the atmosphere of tension and desire to reveal certain conflict – the ‘stress point,’ as they call it in Physics. Having a biography full of dramatic and difficult situations, Gheorghe Virtosu doesn’t try to reject and forget it – he courageously faces his inner challenges and sublimates the life experience into aesthetic form. As Stansilav Jerzy Lec once wrote, “You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.”
|Winston Churchill, oil painting||Henry VIII of England, oil painting|
Such vigorous energy is skillfully depicted with the baroque-ish visual language of Virtosu’s abstract painting. The abstract artist conveys the sense of drama and action through the complex and vibrant painting texture, done with loose, gestural brushwork, and intensive palette with the predominant red, black and blue colors. The canvas becomes the substance the artist uses to ‘sculpt’ the image. The brush can touch the surface delicately, or attack it with a swiping gesture, leaving tangible furrow-like traces. In order to amplify the sense of contradiction, he captures those bold, improvisational brushstrokes within the clear, well-thought outlines of geometric drawing. The latter resembles stained glass, adding the somewhat decorative flavor to the master’s works.
|Pride parade, abstract paintng||The source of life, abstract painting|
Gheorghe Virtosu’s pieces prove the connection between Objective and Abstract. Leonardo da Vinci noted that, if our vision can grasp landscapes and faces in the accident blots, the same way it can ‘deconstruct,’ eliminate the integrity of an object’s image. And that purified natural form becomes the basic artistic material for the painter. Nevertheless, Gheorghe Virtosu doesn’t copy the natural forms but rather follows their dynamics and movement: sudden twists of the line, compositional pauses, coloristic bursts are consonant with the natural processes of birth, growth and decay. The abstract artist blurs the borders between ‘narrative’ and ‘non-narrative art,’ asking us “What is the reality, if not one of the most abstract things in the world?”
Original abstract art
Virtosu lives and works in London, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Miami. Having lived through the Cultural Revolution, the artist focuses on his knowledge experience in his artwork. He depicts social phenomena and characters in abstract style. The artist has developed a truly own style so his works are unique and carry the stamp of Original Abstract Art. His iconic painting series of Prophet Muhammad Daughters broke records in 2017 and became the highest-grossing work by a contemporary UK artist while Pride Parade masterpiece broke records in 2016 in the Netherlands. Most of his works are sold in advance. The artist keeps a low profile motivating it with a busy schedule.
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