February 5 - 29, 2008
London, England / Online

Adonis Art
New Paintings
By Nebojsa Zdravkovic

Painting by Nebojsa Zdravkovic

On-Line Gallery Available

Preview Tuesday February 5, 6.30 - 8.30 PM

Nebojsa Zdravkovic is a creative artist of powerful temperament, noted for his precise drawing skills and dynamic and expressive colour range. Born in Belgrade in 1959, he trained in the best art schools and graduated with a Masters Degree. He is now a member of the Association of Serbian Fine Artists. He was granted a scholarship by the Spanish government for post-graduate studies in Madrid and has won many prizes for his work in his own country and abroad.

His work has been exhibited in countless group exhibitions and he has had several solo shows in London and at various venues across Europe. His paintings are strikingly original examples of modern Impressionism. He paints mainly from life and is captivated by the play of light on his subjects and their settings.

His paintings have a unique brilliance and atmosphere that makes them highly desirable and much sought after by serious collectors of fine art.

The Adonis Art Gallery has been proud to stage three of his latest London exhibitions and due to the overwhelming amount of interest we are now looking forward to Nebojsa’s fourth successful show in February 2008.

Interview – Nebojsa Zdravkovic @ Adonis Art Gallery 2008

An exhibition of your work is taking place at Adonis Art London. What can we expect?

Although oils are my forte, this year my focus will be also on pastels, watercolours and drawings. I am looking forward to working with Stewart Hardman of Adonis Art again as he is a man with a keen eye and great aesthetic sensitivity.

So, how would you describe your style?

Although I would think of it as figurative art with elements of neocubism, I prefer to leave qualifications to art istorians.

What are you trying to achieve in the new works?

My visual perception of real objects is through abstract relation of form and colour. In my more recent works I am trying, on one hand to simplify the image using broad brushstrokes and on the other to produce a minant colour experience using hues that sit next to each other on the colour wheel.

The paintings are full of bold brush strokes and natural settings. Is nature important to your life and work?

Of course it is. I have been spending a lot of time in Greece and the Mediterranean. Their colours and landscapes have strongly influenced my work.

And what about water? Groups of men playing in water or steam rooms also feature.

It is a challenge to preserve the rush of water using broad brushstrokes.

The paintings are undoubtedly erotic but they also have a soft edged style that adds romanticism. What’s so appealing about this contradiction?

I do not find it to be a contradiction. The ideas and motives of Romanticism can be quite erotic too. Just remember Delacroix, the most important of the French Romantic painters; some of his paintings are very erotic.

The male Adonis is evident in your work, but is this the type of man you go for in real life?

Real life brings up other values which are often more important than the physical look.

So, how do you find your models?

Frequently models are my friends. However, it is not uncommon to find a model in a local shop or café.

What is it about the naked male body rather than a clothed one that you find so attractive to paint?

The naked human body is a great visual challenge and it always intrigued artists, from Ancient Greece and the Renaissance to Modern Art. With the right combination of circumstances at a given time the same form can invoke erotic feelings or feelings of profound awe and respect.

As an example, in Michelangelo’s sculpture Pieta the grace and refinement of the figure of Christ with a quality that is almost Greek in its celebration of the absolute perfection of the male nude has the same excitement in treatment as the Virgin’s draperies.

Okay, so where do you stand on the whole ‘gay art’ label. Is it a necessary genre of art or redundant ghettoising of painting in general?

‘Gay art’ sounds a bit claustrophobic to me. It reminds me also of the expression “weekend painter”. You are either artist or not. Such subdivisions sound very exclusive and I do not see myself as a gay artist. Nude males are not the only subject in my work.

What’s the biggest cliché about gay art?

You already mentioned ‘ghettoizing’. To me that is the
biggest problem. Art as a conscious creation or arrangement of colours, forms and other elements can effect a sense of beauty even though being executed in various ways. I have to mention Michelangelo again here. Now knowing details from his private life, should we characterize him as a gay artist? Would the Sistine Chapel be ‘gay art’?

You've been creating pictures for quite a while now. How has art changed during this time?

For me the mystery is still in colours. For years I have been aiming to perfect subtle hues of analogous colours and to do that I am more and more turning away from naturalism toward something that you might call assemblage, giving abstract elements to real object sources.

And finally, what are your plans for the future?

I enjoy exploring colours and I am looking forward, after returning from London, to continuing my experimentations with the male portrait and painting male bodies.

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“I almost never draw a completely naked man. He has to have at least a pair of boots or something on. To me, a fully dressed man is more erotic than a naked one. A naked man is, of course beautiful, but dress him in black leather or a uniform — ah, then he is more than beautiful, then he is sexy!”
— Tom of Finland