In fact, the painting “Dedicated to the Sunny Side of the Street” signifies the beginning of something new in my work; it led to things starting to develop a bit further. I appreciate flat painting, but in this piece, a space emerged between the planes and the drawing. Significant depths emerged despite the fact that it is still an abstraction, a form of objective painting. In truth, we can’t quite label it as complete abstraction or objective painting. It is something in between, my own creation. One might say that these are objects that can be viewed as some sort of subject. Amidst these prominent planes that are always present, and thanks to the enormous format in which they simply have the space to breathe, these simple, small drawings added substantial depth. Typically, my enthusiasm for a work diminishes quickly, but I’m genuinely content with this painting, and I still love it. I painted it relatively swiftly, I believe within two weeks. There isn’t a lot of colour in it; it is painted quite transparently, unlike my works from the past three years where I use thick impasto layers with a spatula.
It is hard for me to talk about a single painting, as it never really is just one painting, but rather an entire series. And during the creation of “Dedicated to the Sunny Side of the Street,” in particular, my focus wasn’t solely on one painting but generally on the entire body of work.
My art is always really about the process. If we strip away all the concepts, the most important things happen within the process. I always work on numerous sketches and many paintings. Certain elements carry over into new works, to varying degrees of success, which I then attempt to arrange anew into a composition. Composition is truly the most vital aspect for me. As for inspiration itself, the work is my inspiration – the daily process through which development continues. Within the process, unpredictable and unexpected things occur that might pose challenges. While this might sound unfavourable, for the art itself, it’s actually quite beneficial.”
Image: Painting Dedicated to the sunny side of the street" from the holdings of the National Museum of Modern Art in the "One World" exhibition setup at the Providur’s Palace in Zadar / Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb, 2023.