~ Pencil Drawings ~

Connection 2008.
 30x24 cm

Wonderful World 2008.
 33x41 cm

Keeyana 2008.
 30x24 cm


Fairies 2007.
 29x32 cm


The call 2007.
 50x35 cm


In clouds 2007.
 34x36 cm


Friends 2006.
 41x20 cm


Family 2006.
 40x57 cm


Sunset 2006.
 28x41 cm


My way 2006.
 40x29 cm


Pencil drawings are always a big challenge in the mysterious world of art. Playing with light and shadow, artists create portraits of people and animals, magnificence and cruelty of nature. Unruly scenes, with which they are often identified, light up their imagination. In these scenes, we often encounter with the elusive movements of wild horses and agitated birds, with events that intertwine past and present, with gray, which describes the destiny of many lives. The luxurious nature provokes different feelings and admiration. The drawings sometimes show non-existent, and sometimes the real world and their role are to initiate an art and presentation of the different phenomena and concepts. Everyday scenes and various motifs and objects attracted the attention of artists. They turn them into black-and-white world of their own experience. Sometimes it’s all live in them, alternate scenes of beautiful women, landscapes and gorgeous horses, shaded with the finest pencils. Sometimes they are black-and-white images of gloomy impenetrable streets and deserted coastlines, and sometimes they are just an escape from suffering, facing the past, lyrical times. Artists with pencils tirelessly tested drawing objects to the smallest detail. They reveal the secrets of a strange world of darkness and light, noise and silence, serenity and restlessness, which is very different from that in which we spend most of the time. In this world, alternate light and dark skies, gray and white clouds, rolling hills and flat fields, sunsets and mornings, flowery and release areas. These scenes take observers to long-forgotten dreams and a life that has yet to discover. In this oblivion, the releasing of colors, the ruling only contrast and bright, shine and darkness; even stories that emerge from the mysterious gaze of strange portraits, are clearer. Artists with their infinite patience and precision, in a way characteristic to hyperrealism, perpetuate beautiful expanses and moments, far from the chaos and noise of everyday life. The art of our civilization would not be so rich that in its collections there are no drawings of many great artists. Extremely precise drawings by Sandro Botticelli show his great love for creation. Since he was engaged in engraving in his youth, knowledge of this technique greatly influenced the formation of him as an artist. Clear contours, which are based on thin, secure lines, showcase his great drawing skill and dedication to every detail, which is found in the strands of long hair, in fine folds on the fabrics, in swaying gowns in the wind and rhythmic movement of figures and horses, according to which his works are specific and recognizable. Raphael’s drawings, scattered across museums around the world, are still considered masterpieces today, many years later. Made with energetic movements on thick paper, they impress with the integrity of composition and perfection. There are many drawings that Raphael has done by preparing his famous frescoes “The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple” and “Mercury Brings Psyche up to Olympus”. They are distinguished by their sophistication, harmony and expressiveness, equally powerful as those in his paintings. Known for his self-portraits, Albrecht Dürer, a drawer and painter, is versatile in terms of subjects and techniques in his works. His spirit was constantly moving forward. Many testimonies of the time in which he lives are found in his portraits of people and in lovely studies of flowers, insects, birds, horses and various other animals. Numerous drawings and sketches of ancient reliefs, statues and sarcophagus by Nicolas Poussin testify to his vast interest in the monuments of ancient Rome. The giants of the Flemish Baroque, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, left behind numerous impressive, powerful and precise drawings. At the center of every artistic event in the Netherlands, in the seventeenth century, there is a man. Carved by many pencils, he is infinitely diverse in his essence, in the manifestation of his personality and his reflections on the world. Rembrandt interprets the character of this new man in his works with a depth which, with each new day, becomes bigger, from his distressed youthful quest to a lonely and bitter age. He constantly recorded his vision of everyday life and wrote his ideas and thoughts with sketches, which he later developed into new works. Shaping figures with lines is not as easy as it looks. Antoine Watteau’s interest in drawing and sketch comes from his young days. With a passionate inventive gift and quick moves, he fixed the moments, movements and costumes of the actors with pencils. In his works, almost always, extraordinary fineness prevails. The unusual faces, which he represented in different positions and with different expressions, attracted his attention. The black and white landscapes of Camille Corot are lyrical, shimmering and very gentle. In the drawings of Edgar Degas, his impressionistic manner comes to full expression. He was constantly striving to demonstrate the movement of ballerina and acrobatics. Van Gogh acquired knowledge from Bargue’s “Complete Drawing Course” and Allongé’s “Pencil Sketches Collection”. His first drawings are mostly with motifs of nature, and in the museum in Otterlo in the Netherlands still hold a pencil drawing of an upset dog that he did as a nine-year-old boy. This drawing, though perhaps simple at first glance, announced the birth of genius. Very precise moves with pencil are also characteristic for his later works. On colored paper, he immortalized people from his surroundings. Among them is also his mistress Sien (Clasina Maria Hoornik), who served him as a model for the drawing “Sorrow”, where he depicted her as a pregnant woman and a very lonely person just as she was when he met her. In June 1888, the artist spent a week at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Camargue. These days he made a number of drawings and studies of fishing boats and Provencal houses. In contrast to these themes, there are those that show man’s hard life. The bitter cognition that life is more grief and nightmare than happiness can be seen in the works of many artists. The fate of loners, miners, weavers, peasants and other people, whom Vincent van Gogh met in Borinage and for whom he felt affection, is a common theme of his drawings and other works that reflect all the suffering of their difficult life. His intention was to condemn with the pencil an injustice and misery in which these people lived. He tirelessly drew scenes from their lives, and thus made a hundred portraits of desperate people, overtired by hard labor. Prints of the soul, imprinted on paper, are sometimes explained with full, and sometimes with broken lines. In them, the creator’s restlessness, which constantly travels from darkness to passion, from longing into trepidation, is reflected.
(Suzana Stojanović)