Tamara Jovandic: BODY AND SOUL
Classically trained painter Tamara Jovandic presents her new solo exhibition of expressive figurative and recent abstract paintings entitled BODY AND SOUL at Highgate Gallery 6-19 July 2018.
Jovandic’s work is influenced by the war, which tore through her home Sarajevo, Bosnia, former Yugoslavia, making her a refugee in 1992. Rich, deep colour and broad, tempestuous brush strokes sweep across the canvas, inspired by the Italian Baroque and Caravaggio’s colour palette and use of chiaroscuro. Working quickly from live models directly onto canvas, she describes the process of painting both as “a spiritual ritual” and “a physical battle”. Often autobiographical, her figurative works explore the female form, solitary eroticism, sacrifice and the isolation of a life in exile.
Her abstract works are freed from narrative and represent mute poems about trees and stone, inspired by Kenwood and Highgate Woods. On close viewing life figures are reflected in these mysterious landscapes.
The exhibition will feature “Passion” a prizewinning artwork from the London Biennale 2017 selected from the work of 120 artists across 40 nations.
Jovandic was born in Sarajevo. In 1991 she gained a BA Hons with Distinction in Fine Art from The Academy of Art in Sarajevo. Since moving to the UK in 1992 Jovandic has exhibited at the Mall Gallery, Cork St, The Royal College of Art and has taken part in over thirty group shows in the UK, Ireland, France and the USA as well as five solo exhibitions.
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