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Sekulić Sava


Sekulić Sava (Serbia)


  Sekulić Sava - Nature Walks over the Sky  

He was born in Bilišani in Dalmatinska Zagora near Obrovac, as a Serb in Croatia at the sea coast, in 1902. He began doing painting in 1962. He never attended any schools. His father taught him to read and write. He began to work as a builder in 1943. Parallel to writing poems he began to do painting in order to define his poetry more precisely. Sekulić belongs to the group of the so-called “marginal” artists, lonely, bizarre, asocial people who create new forms of beauty. His unusual associativity and ability for materialization of his intellectual energy as a complete self-taught was intuitively and instinctively realised. Sekulić is a painter of the universal, the timeless and the limitless. For him everything is generalised, from the individual he aspires to the universal, and is very successful. Therefore his works are the highest achievements of art brut, not only in the country, but worldwide.

  Sekulić's paintings are pervaded with a number of inventive characteristics, the symbiosis of the real and the surreal, with the character of almost pure automatism. The superiority of the artist's senses overgrows the perception of a beholder. An ordinary observer is not capable of noticing and understanding sensitive structure of purely pictorial phenomena; his paintings are firstly accepted as a kind of visual intrigue and are later intellectually experienced. The artist prefigured the symbiosis of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, where all the alchemy of his pictorial expression is clearly visible. It is paradoxical that the artist’s very style counteracts the narrative aspect of the painting and concentrates totally on the pictorial value with the strength on an unconscious neo-primitive.
His palette is restricted. He often paints surfaces with different applications of transparent colours, one over the other, without waiting for the earlier layer to dry, which leads to mixing and assimilation of colours. One colour is often predominant in each painting, which sometimes creates a monochrome impression. Allegories and metaphors are present in nearly all his works. With his visions he reduced a unique pictorial definition, minimized the subject matter to a metaphor. Most numerous are his compositions with human figures, portraits and scenes with historical and mythological beings. While painting historical personalities, he portrayed the victims as heroes, and the members of his family as mythological being. In many works there are “philosophical” stories and moralising lessons. Figures are simplified, flat and highly stylised.
  Nature Walks over the Sky, 1974, oil on cardboard, 102x70cm  
Sekulić Sava - Jelengrad (Deer-City) Sekulić Sava - A Girl on the Beach Sekulić Sava - Nature Walks over the Sky Sekulić Sava - Jabučilo and Momčilo Sekulić Sava - The Germ of Life
Jelengrad (Deer-City), 1948,

oil on cardboard,


A Girl on the Beach, 1975,

oil on cardboard,

Nature Walks over the Sky, 1974,
oil on cardboard, 102x70cm
Jabučilo and Momčilo,


oil on cardboard,


The Germ of Life, 1974,

oil on cardboard,


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