~ Arabian Horse Art ~





Hope 2012.
Oil on canvas
  30x32.5 cm
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Wonderful World 2008.
Pencil
 33x41 cm


   


Silence 2007.
Oil on canvas
 27x39 cm


   




In clouds 2007.
Pencil
 34x36 cm




Heaven riders 2006.
Oil on canvas
 35x55 cm
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Flame 2006.
Pastel
 35x34 cm












My way 2006.
Pencil
 40x29 cm


   






Dream 2003.
Oil on canvas
 50x40 cm


   






Princess 2003.
Oil on canvas
 50x40 cm
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Whirlwind 2002.
Oil on canvas
 24x30 cm










Whisper 2001.
Pastel
 42x29 cm











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Romantic Arabian horse is considered the most beautiful of all the horses and a favorite motif in art. Its homeland stretches over endless desert highlands of Najd in the western part of Saudi Arabia, and its magnificent mane flying in many parts of the world. It is present everywhere: in places where there are numerous heroes and ordinary people, in the nature surrounding man, in many objects, phenomena, beliefs and artworks. Carved in difficult living conditions, in which survive only the most resilient, in the heart of Arabia, it crystallized as its most beautiful pearl. Gently transmitted from generation to generation, it is vented in the embrace of harsh climate and hard nomadic life. Created by crossbreeding Central Asia and Altai-Mongolian horses, it is the oldest and most persistent race horse. Its intelligence and spirited nature reflects in its bright, big and expressive eyes, about whose insight and benevolence speaks many myths, legends and songs. The exalted neck and the beautiful line of its slender body write verses about the being created by light and dreams (painting “Dream”). Fairies created it from the snow and gave it hidden strength - the invisible wings, which often helped it to overtake the opponent and the first to reach the desired goal, to skip obstacles and ravines to escape from evil. The wind revived it, the dew watered it with freshness, the mountain fed it with foliage, the meadow adorned it with the flowers, and the desert protected it with sand. Loyal and always awake, it never betrayed its master. Genghis Khan and Tamerlane are known as the most capable cavalry commanders in the history of the human race. Tamerlane constantly crossed his horses with the Arabians and no one else had such an effective cavalry as his. Powerful and durable, and at the same time fragile and emotional, with their unique anatomy, unusual beauty and attractiveness, Arabians leave unforgettable impression. Beside their exotic appearance, they fascinate with their incredible speed that has been developing through the history while they run in the desert sand. Arabian horse races have been taking place for at least two thousand years B.C. on the Arabian Peninsula. Art and oral tradition of Bedouins who have been related to the “desert horse” for centuries testify of this fact. Extremely beautiful, noble and gentle, and spirited and strong at the same time, persistent and tough, it remained noticed in the history of art as an inexhaustible source of inspiration of many creators. It is immortalized in many wonderful paintings, sculptures and drawings across the globe. There is not an art museum on whose walls we can not meet its magnificent beauty. Its temperament and elegance enrich the epic works of many great artists, who treat it with respect. Suzana Stojanović is one of those artists who did not resist his charm, dignity, pride and uniqueness. She represents an Arabian horse in the style of realism and hyperrealism by techniques: oil on canvas, pencil drawing and pastel. Art is her mission. In her works she insists on the light and details she tries to convey to the viewers those most beautiful and rare moments that sometimes shine so strong to shade everything around, but also quickly disappear without leaving traces. The supernatural Arabian horses are part of these unrepeatable moments that are not easy to catch and explain. Suzana Stojanović went on a long-term journey of her own research and finding lost notes about them, which could help her present them in a large mosaic of different colors, paintings, movements, moods, social and historical overturns. This path requires patience, love and dedication, because all that is worth is valuable because it is difficult to reach it, and the Arabians seem to resist persistently to the eyes and hands of the artists. They can elevate us to the highest altitudes, make us think and reconsider, but they can never disappoint us or lead to despair, because only one of their view and movement is enough to forget about many of the difficulties that we constantly stumble on life way. “Their position of the head when they prance, the sandy glint of the muscular body, the glance into which the sky is always blue and the mane that flies to that sky like flame is a great inspiration”, says Suzana. In her artworks, she idealizes and tames them with peaceful moves, unlike old masters who have worked with bold, rough and nervous movements, wide brushes, and chose war motifs to emphasize their strength and historical role. Her Arabian horses resemble sculptures, and their sad eyes resemble human. They shimmer from the darkness on the canvases “Princess” and “Hope” in expectation of some brighter days and rejoice in the sky without clouds and in the nature (drawing “Wonderful world”), but also leave much space for thinking. The engaging of painting always requires new emotions, and creative inspiration for new sources. Arabian horses are inexhaustible sources from which you never go away thirsty. It is enough that you look at them only once and you will remember that brushes and palettes are waiting for you in the studio. They have not only artistic, but also great cultural and ethnological significance. They are an integral part of many festivals (painting “Heaven riders”), coronations and ceremonies. Many historical events, battles, conquests and big names have been related with them and with their movements. If we follow these movements, we can come to incredible discoveries. Suzana often says: “Arabian horse art is an area that needs to be studied for years and decades to realize at least the centuries-old course of its development and to be able to break down a part of that knowledge that we could plant a new, our tree. It’s not just that distinctive curved line with a scattered mane. It’s a science.” Exciting trips to North Africa fulfill the art lovers with many impressions and memories. The painter who enters the Moroccan land never returns home with empty canvases. This prolific soil left behind the most original artistic achievements. Exotic and the spirit of old times attracted like a magnet. Oriental scenes, atmosphere and speech of the east should be experienced, breathed and heard. All this art shaped with figures of imaginary knights, woven of turbans, rugs, fabrics and ornaments, which are often part of the equipment of Arabian horses (painting “Silence”) and bathed in the sun’s rays, should know to paint. This sumptuous art requires space, love for the subject of painting, drawing and coloring skills, because it is just the one who builds the composition, gives the volume to the bodies and shine the ornaments. You need to be ready to grapple with all these details. Suzana Stojanović observes and presents Arabian horses, although not out of the field of realism and hyperrealism, a little fairly. Their buoyant jumps sometimes appear on her paintings and drawings only as a carefree play of beautiful beings that live in some kind of universe, to whom, no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to fully reach it. As we look at them, it seems to us that they know they are posing, and they are constantly trying to be attractive. Pastels, which she used to make their portraits, “Flame” and “Whisper”, give vividness and glitter to drawings, but those star in their eyes can conjure up only the oil colors, which Suzana Stojanović is most fond of. It is this star that constantly returns to painting and new searches because “as much as you draw and paint Arabian horses you always seem to have a lot more unsaid and unfinished about them to constantly fear that you will not have enough time to achieve it all and immortalize; they can simply get you to cross the limits of your own possibilities and become tireless”, she says, and at times she shows them so really, making them tangible. “To know these playful beings and their temper is a great privilege and, as far as we persistently studied their appearance and movement, we always seem to be at some beginning. They are always different. You can make countless sketches, but none of them will be good enough to transfer it to the canvas, as these purebred beauties never give peace”, says Suzana. Their moodiness and forcefulness is exactly what kept them on the throne of the painting scene for centuries. The army of the Ottoman Empire remained remembered in history for many victories thanks to the ardent Arabians, who enriched every scene of victory and defeat and are always in the forefront as the main bearers of the action. With their strength and energetic movements, they conjure up moments from the past and allow us to experience what we have just read about different. Tasseled and impatient, under the bodies of powerful soldiers, they symbolize the power and firm determination to win every battle. The dazzling whiteness and splendor of these loyal and enduring companions always overshadow the dark side of the war in which the cruelty, hopelessness and fear prevail. Just in this contrast, which always distinguishes them from the environment, is their power and specialty. Recognizable by their dynamic movements, wild temperament, impetuosity and courage, unique, both in the world that surrounds us and in art, they were and stayed the symbol of heroic struggles and victories. On imposing canvases, they are unsustainable in achieving some of their only known goals, constantly moving in some timeless space between reality, tradition, mythology, religion and history. During his stay in Morocco, Delacroix, among other things, wrote about Arabian horses: “In their homeland they are proud spirited, energetic and extremely meek, but all this disappears as soon as they change the climate; in the strangeness they become aggressive and it often happens that they get rid of horsemen to start a fight that lasts for hours. They fight furiously and cruelly as tigers and nobody and nothing can not separate them. Noisy, heavy breathing and steam that comes out of wide nostrils like clouds from locomotives, manes agglutinating with blood, wild jealousy and everything related to them, both appearance and character, is poetry.” Suzana Stojanović, who with great enthusiasm painting them, says about these unique animals: “To immortalize the restless, unconcerned Arabians, who are like a fire that comes out of a volcano that people are struggling to tame, is the epic. Like a glowing lightning, they have a need to shine. Their movements are as strong as wind and storm, and their view is gentle like a moon. In this view, the moments of many terrible times, endless and hard journeys of desert sand, countless insurmountable obstacles, wandering and uncertainty stopped.”