Triumph. Original color aquatint, etching and relief print, 1983. Edition of 150 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Art and Sport portfolio: The Yugoslav Olympic Committee of the Winter Olympic Games Sarajevo 1984 wished to give a certain cultural-artistic accent to this world festivity. The admire of the Olympic idea, those who have a liking for the Olympic winter sports and the art connected with them will be, in agreement with the art publisher Visconti Art Lazo Vujić, honored by creations contributed by world known prominent artist. A portfolio containing sixteen original prints, handsigned and numbered by the artists, is published in a limited edition of 200 originals by each artist. Names like Dorazio, Folon, Greco, Helnwein, Hodgkin, Hwang, Kolar, Moore, Paladino, Pistoletto, Rosenquist, Santomaso, Stupica, Twombly and Warhol guarantee the high quality of the artistic idea and its realization. The size of the original print is 85 x 62 cm. The edition of the original graphic portfolio will be accompanied by limited editions of art posters of the same size, not numbered, but each of them carrying an impression of the inscription “Olympic Games Sarajevo 1984” and its logotype.
The themes proposed by the artists are either winter sports, the Olympic idea or the town of Sarajevo. All the artists remain faithful to their own specific expression, using the formal elements of the language developed through the years of their creative presence in world’s art. So every print included in the portfolio is at the same time a particular contribution to the continuity of their artistic orientation, the theme being an additional iconographic impulse to their visual research. The symbiosis of the Olympic idea and art is certainly an interesting creative proposal that will fascinate art-collectors and sport-lovers as well.
Gabrijel Stupica was born on 21st of March 1913 in Dragose and died in Ljubljana on the 19th of December 1990. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb from 1931 until 1933). His art was influenced by his visit to a Tizian exhibition in Venice in 1937 and an exhibition of masterpieces from the Prado in Geneva in 1939. After World War II he travelled to Paris twice and regularly attended the Venice Biennale, where his works were included in the Yugoslav selection in 1952 and 1958. In 1968 his work was exhibited in a special exhibition mounted within the framework of the Venice Biennale, drawing the attention of international critical circles. He also exhibited at the Kassel Documenta in 1957. In 1946 he moved from Zagreb to Ljubljana, where he became a full time professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, which has just been established. As a distinguished Yugoslav artist he received numerous awards, among those the Prešern Award on several occasions (1948, 1950, 1957 and 1981 for Life Achievements), the Jakopič award (1970) and the AVNOJ award (1977). His oeuvre encompasses paintings (numerous self-portraits, portraits, monochrome canvases interspersed with symbols as the vehicles of his imagery), drawings, gouaches, watercolors and graphic works. Numerous of his works are also part of the Kunsthalle Nurnberg collection.