Vesna Milinkovic

Vesna Milinkovic is a British abstract painter.  Five years of formal study in Design and a further two years in Philosophy, Milinkovic has worked as a Creative Director in recent years, making the transition to full time painting in December 2015.  Tending toward the expressive, Milinkovic utilizes gestural mark-making with calligraphic undertones, influenced by the oriental arts and graffiti. When considering the geometric composition and form, experimentation with textural layering is a critical part of the process, at once spontaneous and architectural. Texture varies from obligatory brush work to watermark and print impression, scribble, fragmenting paint and the hammer of obliteration. Spontaneity and the element of chance are the practice, allowing for bold leaps in aesthetic direction. The colour, the speed of the stroke, how far to push, knowing when to stop, embracing accident alongside deliberate action, allowing for transformation. An oscillating tension exists between structure and fluidity, mirroring the push-pull of ordinary existence while contemplating the existential.

 

A repeating antithetical theme: objects or concepts that are directly opposed to one another, expressed through colour and form - black and white, geometric and lyrical, representing the archetypal human battle between light and dark, freedom and order, life and death. As human beings we are born into a structure of social conformity, and yet we each to varying degrees seek to break out and discover personal expression, pointing perhaps to our ultimate human purpose, and transcendence thereof.

 

Drawing and painting since the mid 1980's, Milinkovic shifted focus to abstract painting and collage in 1999. Exhibitions include the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Other Art Fair London and Bristol, The Great North Art Show, selling works in the UK and USA.