1992. Original mixed media (oil, tar and sand on cardboard), 1997.
Vladimir Veličković was one of the most prominent Serbian artist of our time, and also well known at the International art scene. For a short period of time he lived in Zagreb, Croatia where he worked as an assistant in Krsto Hegedušić’s workshop. In 1966 he moved to Paris, where he still resides and works. The year before, he received the “Biennale des Jeunes” prize in Paris. Ever since 1951, when his creative activity as an artist prevailed, he has exhibited in many countries across Europe and the US. In 1985, he was also elected as a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In addition to the numerous awards won throughout his career, one of the more prominent one is the Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest French award in the field of culture and art. The beheaded human being, pierced bodies and types of torture form the central themes of his work during the 1970s. In the years after 1980 the return to colors once again gains in significance. Visconti Fine Art has collaborated with Velickovic since the early 1970s. The first collaboration was the Edition published by Visconti Fin Art Kolizej in 1973 titled “5 pieces”, a series of silkscreen and collages of 5 different motifs. Visconti Fine Art also represented Vladimir Veličković throughout the years at various art fairs across Europe. Furthermore, a unique cultural project called SPORT AND ART was initiated in 1991 between Fascination “The Gallery of Modern Art” in Switzerland and Visconti Fine Art. Five internationally renowned artists-Valerio Adami (Italy), Jean-Michel Folon (France), Jiri Kolar (Chech Republic), James Rosenquist (USA) and Vladimir Veličković (France/Serbia) have created a limited edition of artworks especially for SPORT AND ART.
Veličković usually painted his apocalyptic visions of burnt landscapes with some flames in the distance or gallows like we see in this painting. These are actually landscapes of spiritual disquiet in the face of apocalyptic war destruction. There are no people here, just stripped, ashy, black huge expanse and dark smoky congested sky, there is nothing here but death. This landscape is used as a metaphor for humanity’s doom. “I have often pointed out that everything I paint is just what one man does to another, nothing more than that.” – said the artist.