Alexander the Great.Painted 2014 to 2016 by Moldovan-born British artist, Gheorghe Virtosu, b. 1968. Oil painting, 150 cm high by 138 cm wide. 59 X 54 inches.
In Alexander the Great oil painting the Master of Abstract conveys the sense of drama and action through the complex and vibrant canvas texture, done with gestural, loose brushwork and intensive palette. The Alexander the Great canvas becomes the substance the artist uses to ‘create’ 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, the artist captures those bold, improvisational brushstrokes within the clear, well-thought outlines of stylish drawing. The oil painting title Alexander the Great creates the bridge between the artist's artwork and the viewer, giving the key to the interpretation of the canvas image. The artist welcomes the reality into his paintings. 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. Gheorghe Virtosu’s Alexander the Great oil painting proves the connection between Objective and Abstract. That purified natural form becomes the basic artistic material for the artist. The painter 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 creation. The 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?”
So how do we tell the history of Alexander the Great, pulling apart the myths and legends and reconstructing an accurate narrative? It’s a difficult task, but it’s an important one because the history of Alexander is a history of the Greek empire, which had a massive influence on vast regions stretching across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Alexander the Great’s life and military campaigns from places so far away from one another paints a picture of an expansive empire. We know that Alexander was a powerful military leader. He led important campaigns and expanded his empire from Greece to Persia, Babylon, Egypt and beyond, taking advantage of local political contexts as he conquered new territory. The contemporary artist invites the viewer to taste history in form of oil painting canvas. A demonic spirit, the candle next to and the Lyon.