Our talented member and popular painter, Milenko Katic will be the featured artist during March. He will be at the gallery to share his dreamlike collection of work during the Historical Downtown Mall’s First Friday event on March 6th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Here’s an introduction:
In 1984 Milenko moved from Belgrade (Serbia) to Dubrovnik (Croatia). Because of political turmoil as Yugoslavia was splitting into different countries, he moved to the US in 1989 thankfully landing in Charlottesville, Virginia.
His process begins with representational drawings, progressing to crayon and then broader more abstract brush strokes of paint to create a base for each multi-layered painting. He often works in a rhythmic cycle until the layers have come together to convey his intended vision. Katic relies on dreams, memory and observation as he contemplates composition, form and color, each canvas becoming a detailed storyboard charged with the sensation of one’s life flashing before their eyes. The cornerstone of his message speaks to the simple notion that we are born ‘pure’ and gradually, under the weight of societal influences and expectations, we lose our innocence.
There is a sharp contrast between Milenko’s earlier works and those more recent as he surrenders the simplistic childlike drawings to more complex renderings of “then” and “now”; the adult figures depicted showing signs of becoming robotic and emotionless, while the children appear unburdened and in tune with their yet unspoiled unconditional love of family, animals and nature.
To learn more about Milenko visit his web site http://milenkokaticartstudio.com/
For additional information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500. The gallery’s web site is www.cvillearts.org. The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.
ABOUT C’VILLE ARTS – C’ville Arts, a cooperative membership gallery of more than sixty local artists and crafters, was established in 1997. Original works include photography, painting, glass, fiber, clay and pottery, quilling, metals, mosaics, jewelry, leather, candles and wood.