I tend toward expressive, gestural mark-making that affords the greatest freedom, experimentation and innovation within abstract painting. I am interested in the existential and the metaphysical, which finds expression in my work. Calligraphic overtones point to the oriental arts and zen philosophy, while the raw aspects reflect my love of the anarchic within graffiti. Textural layering is an important part of the process, while simultaneously considering composition from a geometric stance. Texture varies from watermark and print impression, to neurotic scribble, fragmenting paint and the hammer of obliteration. I aim for tension between fluidity and structure, the transcendent and the profane, mirroring the push-pull of ordinary existence. Spontaneity and the element of chance are critical to my practice, allowing for bold leaps in aesthetic direction.
I began exploring abstract painting in 1999 while working in design. My attraction to certain artists reflect the aspects of painting and collage that most interest me, such as the work of Robert Motherwell, Victor Pasmore, Malevich, Hans Hartung, Christopher Wool, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tapies, Bruce Nauman, among many others.
See Artist’s Statement for further reading.
The Other Art Fair London 2017, 5-8 October
Chester Arts Fair 2016, 18-20 November
OINK gallery, Swindon, Inaugural Exhibition, selected artists, 2016 from Sep 16
The Other Art Fair Bristol 2016, 22-24 July
Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral 2015, 29 Aug – 20 Sep
New School House Gallery York 2015, 17 Jan – 28 Feb
Entropies, Varenna Como Lake 2014, 26 Jul – 9 Aug
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012
York Against Cancer, Grays Court York 2011
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011, curated by Tess Jaray RA
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2007 (selected, not hung)
‘Top 5 at The Other Art Fair London’ Art Aesthetics (www.artaesthetics.net) September 2017, D.S.Graham
‘4 Must-See Artists’ Saatchi Art July 2016, Great North Art Show home page July 2015, Saatchi Art home page June 2015, Saatchi Art online September 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014
Vesna Milinkovic is a British artist. Works selling in the UK, USA and Europe.
Photo by Nik Pickard