CHARITES

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EROS AND PSYCHÉ

The legend talks about princess Psyché. The Greek mythology also personifies Psyche as a human soul depicted as a girl with butterfly’s wings, who was exceptionally beautiful. People even thought that, there was much more beauty in her than in goddess of beauty Aphrodite herself. Of course, that Aphrodite did not like it. So, she called up her son Eros to hit Psyche with an arrow. The arrow should have brought her only a misery and sorrow. Eros obeyed his mother and immediately set out to fulfill the task. When he saw her, right in that moment, he fell in love with Psyche and it was the first time he had not obeyed his mother. The legend was also popular subject of fine art.

As a small kid, when I was thirteen years old, I visited the Louvre, where the sculpture of Psyche and Eros totally amazed me and it touched me with its beauty.

One of the most famous pieces of work inspired by this legend is sculpture Amore e Psiche from Antonio Canova (1788-1793) … back then when I saw him and I said to myself, One time, I am gonna paint it,… the story about love which could move the world.

 

acrylic canvas painting 200x150 cm

2020

A 2nd century tale talks about the beautiful princess Psyche but The Greek mythology had long before personified Psyche as a human soul represented as a girl with butterfly’s wings. In Apuleius' tale some people believed that Psyche was even more beautiful than the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite herself. The offended and angry godess called up her son Eros to shoot Psyche with an arrow that would make her fall in love with a hideous man  and bring her misery and sorrow. Eros immediately set out to fulfill the task but When he saw her, right in that moment, he fell in love with Psyche. that was the first time he had not obeyed his mother and this story has since been an inspiration for countless artists.

 

when I was thirteen years old, I visited the Louvre where the sculpture of Eros and Psyche totally amazed me and it touched me deeply with its beauty.

This Neoclassical sculpture, carved by Antonio Canova (1788-1793), is one of the most famous pieces of work inspired by this legend. back then when I saw it I said to myself, one day I am going to paint it,… the story about love which could move the world.

acrylic canvas painting 200x150 cm

2020

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Roman de la Rose

One of the inspirations, which has title of the painting, was lecherous poetic publication from years 1230-1275, "Roman about rose". I came out from quills of two French authors, Guillame de Lorrise and Jeana de Meune. The way of loving and courting is here described with allegoric form. But caught racy moments would bring a shame even to the biggest gigolo. Nevertheless, forbidden, controversial and immodest is exciting, so there is no wonder, that this piece of work had gotten such a huge popularity. After all, it also proves many discovered shreds of this story. Till now, we had discovered over 250 of these. Each of them is little bit different in its content, but the main details have still the same meaning. I really adore erotism and I deeply believe that it is a great gift from our Lord.

Cause when two drops run together, it is erotic, unfortunately in different meaning, than it is actually nowadays. I perceive it rather symbolic, fascinating, unlike todays interpretation eroticism which is too vulgar and demonstrative.

 

 

 

acrylic canvas painting 200x150 cm

2020

ROMAN DE LA ROSE

One of the inspirations, which also gave the name to the painting, was a lecherous poem written between 1230-1275, "The Romance of the rose". It came out from quills of two French authors, Guillame de Lorrise and Jeana de Meune. The way of loving and courting is described in allegoric form, But its raciness would nevertheless embarass even the greatest of the seducers. However, forbidden, controversial and immodest is always exciting, so there is no wonder that this piece of work has obtained such a huge popularity. we have so far discovered over 250 manuscripts belonging to the cycle. Each of them is slightly different in content, but the essence remains the same. I really adore erotism and I deeply believe that it is a great gift from our Lord.

when two drops run together it is deeply erotic, unfortunately often represented in a distorted manner nowadays. I rather perceive it as symbolic and fascinating, unlike today's interpretation of eroticism that tends to be too vulgar and demonstrative.

 

 

 

acrylic canvas painting 200x150 cm

2020

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Sometimes happens to me, that except work with original motives, inspires me music, a book, a movie or everything together, it gets into to my mind deeply, …. this state repeats constantly. My brain is in full swing and it is instigated by incredible fantasy, which bursts on a white canvas, reaching fever pitch until exhaustion, then I am starting to think if it is really the moment I have wanted to depict. I used to love a book called Bitter Moon from Pascal Bruckner….

“Then she insisted to witness their fucking, she pressed her point, that she is going to initiate her secret sex life. And when I refused, she came into my room and had a romp with her boy.”

Young prim couple, Didier and Beatrice, meets on board of boat sailing to India with a provocatively beautiful Rebecca and her paralyzed husband Franz. He is telling Didier about intimacies of their private perverse relationship, which slowly increase from love to hate. Erotic drama filmed in 1992 Roman Polanski. Concentrated erotism, in which is intensifying the measure of perversion… and while I was painting it, I was wondering about people from this book and movies. Then I have heard a song from neighbor’s - Purple Rain from Prince, and it was done, …, at least the title, which matched the colors. Erotic drive and more sophisticated motives, which I could not mix without such a consignment of two people.

acrylic painting on canvas - 150x200 cm

2020

PURPLE RAIN

PURPLE RAIN

In addition to working with original motives, i sometimes get inspired by music, books or movies. it all gets into my mind deeply and it is happening constantly. My brain gets in full swing, my fantasy and imagination burst on a white canvas reaching a fever pitch until exhaustion, and then I start thinking if that was really the moment I wanted to depict.

I used to love a book called Bitter Moon by Pascal Bruckner….

“Then she insisted to witness their fucking, she pressed her point, that she is going to initiate her secret sex life. And when I refused, she came into my room and had a romp with her boy.”

In the erotic drama filmed in 1992 by Roman Polanski a Young prim couple, Didier and Beatrice, meets a provocatively beautiful Rebecca and her paralyzed husband Franz on board of boat sailing to India. Franz is telling Didier about the perverse intimacy of their relationship, which is slowly turning from love to hate. It is all about concentrated eroticism, where perversion intensifies as the story unfolds… and while I was working on this canvas, I was wondering about people from this book and the movie. Then I heard a song from the neighbor's apartment, Purple Rain by Prince, and it was done,… at least the title, which matched the colors. Erotic drive and more sophisticated motives, which I could not have mixed without such a sequence of stimuli.

acrylic painting on canvas - 150x200 cm

2020

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EROTIC SYMPOSIUM

Platon in his symposium described Greek myth, which talks about humanity and love. In the beginning of the story there was Androgyne - an androgynous creator with an enormous strength. These creators had made Zeus to felt unsafe, so he split in half each of them. In desire of regaining the unity, these parts tried to find the other half to connect again. That means, that love came out from the original androgyny. Eros is passionate about having endless good, i.e., be beatific, which is for mortal beings possible just in form of giving birth. Beauty in this structure is what erotic desire arouse, however for its essential ambivalence could be the erotic move either bind to yourself or the other way around. It could bring you the ultimate transcendence. That is why the most important role in case of eroticism has an educator, who is Socrates himself and so was Diotíma for him. A human overwhelmed with erotic desire is giving life, no matter if it is mental or physical way.

The act is happening as a movement, from love to one stunning body, over love to many stunning bodies, to lovely souls, marvelous activities and laws up to affection of knowledge.

sometimes we want to keep our imaginations just in our minds. Then we could continue, in thoughts about having sex with someone else, for example another partner or with a huge octopus. But none of this could prove your real inner self. We can only take from these ideas, that we can't decide who is gonna be better as a partner,

As we have pointed out, fantasies are simply different world. First, the point is that, how far we move our boundaries of our sexuality. For someone  is basic thinking about sex enough, to be aroused,  Anyway, The key from everything is in loving and be loved..

 

Acrylic painting on canvas, 150x200 cm

2020

Platon in his symposium described Greek myth, which talks about humanity and love. In the beginning of the story there was Androgyne - an androgynous creator with an enormous strength. These creators had made Zeus to felt unsafe, so he split in half each of them. In desire of regaining the unity, these parts tried to find the other half to connect again. That means, that love came out from the original androgyny. Eros is passionate about having endless good, i.e., be beatific, which is for mortal beings possible just in form of giving birth. Beauty in this structure is what erotic desire arouse, however for its essential ambivalence could be the erotic move either bind to yourself or the other way around. It could bring you the ultimate transcendence. That is why the most important role in case of eroticism has an educator, who is Socrates himself and so was Diotíma for him. A human overwhelmed with erotic desire is giving life, no matter if it is mental or physical way.

The act is happening as a movement, from love to one stunning body, over love to many stunning bodies, to lovely souls, marvelous activities and laws up to affection of knowledge.

sometimes we want to keep our imaginations just in our minds. Then we could continue, in thoughts about having sex with someone else, for example another partner or with a huge octopus. But none of this could prove your real inner self. We can only take from these ideas, that we can't decide who is gonna be better as a partner,

As we have pointed out, fantasies are simply different world. First, the point is that, how far we move our boundaries of our sexuality. For someone  is basic thinking about sex enough, to be aroused,  Anyway, The key from everything is in loving and be loved...
 

Acrylic painting on canvas, 150x200 cm

2020

EROTIC SYMPOSIUM

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Two more deaths will ensue from the killing of Centaur Nessus in the hands of heroic Heracles depicted at this multilayered palimpsest that comes across as a trailer. Deianeira was the daughter of the god Dionysus, a lovely lady who drove a chariot and practiced the art of war. She was the wife of Heracles, who slowed the time while making love to his mother so the child in her womb would not be conceived in haste. Heracles grew up to be the strongest and the most masculine of all the heroes of Greco-Roman mythology.

The story is emerging from the distant past and the pigment processed to resemble the peeling stucco of ancient Roman walls is in stark contrast with the appearing and disappearing of elongated limbs insecure of their destiny in the hands of the painter. This dynamic time machine is revealed through a contrast between the mixture of clear and smudged lines and the presence of stucco-like pigment. The combined technique surprises with the addition of roughly woven textile calling into mind ancient Greek weaving looms, the quintessential feminine, crossed with several parallel black ink lines of a masculine energy. The intentionally clean section at the bottom right corner is where a tangle of etherical body parts is still waiting to be put together and defined by the pivotal force of Hercules.

Centaur Nessus pretended to help the couple cross the river, but instead carried Deianeira off and tried to violate her. We see enraged Heracles pulling his bow while Deianera is fighting against the monster whose blood has already been poisoned by the venom of Hydra from the tip of Heracles arrow. The two are just about to share a terrible mortal secret, a promise made by the dying centaur to a woman in love that a shirt soaked in his blood would make her husband faithful forever. Pedja Djaković gives this gigantic eventful canvas a fresco quality, not just by his choice of the pigment technique, but also by making the longer horizontal side reminiscent of medieval “stories” where a succession of events was painted on the walls, while at the same time adding a modern touch through the hints of color where another layer of future announces it coming into existence.

The seed of a sequel is planted by the dramatic movement of the limbs to the right of the static figure of Heracles. He will soon end up setting a funeral pyre to die in the flames rather than being cooked alive in the Shirt of Nessus, a gift from his jealous wife after she found out he fell in love with princess Iole. Desperate Deianeira will hang herself afterward. Desire, deceit, violence, jealousy, fighting, revenge and death are all coming to life in this one instant. It doesn’t feel like looking at a painting, but rather as if we were quickly flipping through the pages of a comic book catching the glimpses of the tragedy branching over time, emerging, disappearing and returning in the eternal cycle of Eros and Thanatos.

 

mixed technique, 200x150 cm

Heracles and Nessus

Two more deaths will ensue from the killing of Centaur Nessus in the hands of heroic Heracles depicted at this multilayered palimpsest that comes across as a trailer. Deianeira was the daughter of the god Dionysus, a lovely lady who drove a chariot and practiced the art of war. She was the wife of Heracles, who slowed the time while making love to his mother so the child in her womb would not be conceived in haste. Heracles grew up to be the strongest and the most masculine of all the heroes of Greco-Roman mythology.

The story is emerging from the distant past and the pigment processed to resemble the peeling stucco of ancient Roman walls is in stark contrast with the appearing and disappearing of elongated limbs insecure of their destiny in the hands of the painter. This dynamic time machine is revealed through a contrast between the mixture of clear and smudged lines and the presence of stucco-like pigment. The combined technique surprises with the addition of roughly woven textile calling into mind ancient Greek weaving looms, the quintessential feminine, crossed with several parallel black ink lines of a masculine energy. The intentionally clean section at the bottom right corner is where a tangle of etherical body parts is still waiting to be put together and defined by the pivotal force of Hercules.

Centaur Nessus pretended to help the couple cross the river, but instead carried Deianeira off and tried to violate her. We see enraged Heracles pulling his bow while Deianera is fighting against the monster whose blood has already been poisoned by the venom of Hydra from the tip of Heracles arrow. The two are just about to share a terrible mortal secret, a promise made by the dying centaur to a woman in love that a shirt soaked in his blood would make her husband faithful forever. Pedja Djaković gives this gigantic eventful canvas a fresco quality, not just by his choice of the pigment technique, but also by making the longer horizontal side reminiscent of medieval “stories” where a succession of events was painted on the walls, while at the same time adding a modern touch through the hints of color where another layer of future announces it coming into existence.

The seed of a sequel is planted by the dramatic movement of the limbs to the right of the static figure of Heracles. He will soon end up setting a funeral pyre to die in the flames rather than being cooked alive in the Shirt of Nessus, a gift from his jealous wife after she found out he fell in love with princess Iole. Desperate Deianeira will hang herself afterward. Desire, deceit, violence, jealousy, fighting, revenge and death are all coming to life in this one instant. It doesn’t feel like looking at a painting, but rather as if we were quickly flipping through the pages of a comic book catching the glimpses of the tragedy branching over time, emerging, disappearing and returning in the eternal cycle of Eros and Thanatos.

 

mixed technique, 200x150 cm

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“When love is not madness it is not love.” ― Pedro Calderon de la Barca....

I always get a communion of souls, which is happening in the erotic way, as a huge gift from our Lord. It is like landing on Mars and getting back, … , moment when all boundaries are crossed and life is coming back to the origin and the beginning. This is one of eight big draperies to indoor garden in an unbelievable Prague apartment, which is situated very high, so you can see the marvelous view of the city center, which remains me the Olymp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

acrylic painting on canvas, 150x240 cm

2020

WHEN TWO BECOME ONE

WHEN TWO BECOME ONE

“When love is not madness it is not love.” ― Pedro Calderon de la Barca....

I always get a communion of souls, which is happening in the erotic way, as a huge gift from our Lord. It is like landing on Mars and getting back, … , moment when all boundaries are crossed and life is coming back to the origin and the beginning. This is one of eight big draperies to indoor garden in an unbelievable Prague apartment, which is situated very high, so you can see the marvelous view of the city center, which remains me the Olymp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

acrylic painting on canvas, 150x240 cm

2020

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CHARITES

Charites (referred to as the Gratiae (Graces) within ancient Rome) were in Greek mythology daughters of the highest god Zeus and Eurydome. They were goddesses of charm and beauty. There were three of them: Aglaia was the youngest, called as "splendor, brilliant, shining one".
Euphrosyne – goddess of Good Cheer, Joy and Mirth
Thalia - she was goddess of feasts and festivities, in this connection, she is called "the joyous, the abundance."

All Charites were charming, lovely, and kind, helpful to people and to gods. They give benefactions to the people.  They were appeared in other society of gods, especially Aphrodite, Dionysus, Apollon, and Muses, almost all the time. These goddesses were protecting course of the festivities and feasts, especially were mindful of art beauty.

 They were revered the same way as the other goddess and depicted as dancing girls with this symbolism:

  • always in trio – there are three kinds of benefactions (give, accept, return)

  • always hold each other’s hands – benefaction is like a chain which comes from one hand to the other one

  • expressing joy – pleased from it the one who gives and accept

  • youth – the memory of benefaction should not get old

  • having transparent robe – benefaction never scared of look

first time I have seen Charites in Louvre and then in Vatican museum (sculpture of Three Charites is Greek piece of work from 3th - 2.th century BCwhich is Vatican museum and also in Parisian Louvre) and of course in Florence, where the outstanding painting is La Primavera stayed in my heart forever.     

Near Dubrovnik exists small island Supetar, where we used to go bathing during our youth and only way how to get there, was a small boat…. I used to watch the beautiful women from Dubrovnik and for some reason, god knows why, they were always in trio, and as a divine beings, came from the sea … tall, skinny, fearless and smiling, with their stunning bodies, … amazing spectacle – it reminds me the Olympus, where all the goddess are. To this day, I can remember the laugh and grace which they were walking there with.  

acrylic painiting on canvas

2020

Charites (referred to as the Gratiae (Graces) within ancient Rome) were in Greek mythology daughters of the highest god Zeus and Eurydome. They were goddesses of charm and beauty. There were three of them: Aglaia was the youngest, called as "splendor, brilliant, shining one".
Euphrosyne – goddess of Good Cheer, Joy and Mirth
Thalia - she was goddess of feasts and festivities, in this connection, she is called "the joyous, the abundance."

All Charites were charming, lovely, and kind, helpful to people and to gods. They give benefactions to the people.  They were appeared in other society of gods, especially Aphrodite, Dionysus, Apollon, and Muses, almost all the time. These goddesses were protecting course of the festivities and feasts, especially were mindful of art beauty.

 They were revered the same way as the other goddess and depicted as dancing girls with this symbolism:

  • ·        always in trio – there are three kinds of benefactions (give, accept, return)

  • ·        always hold each other’s hands – benefaction is like a chain which comes from one hand to the other one

  • ·        expressing joy – pleased from it the one who gives and accept

  • ·        youth – the memory of benefaction should not get old

  • ·        having transparent robe – benefaction never scared of look

first time I have seen Charites in Louvre and then in Vatican museum (sculpture of Three Charites is Greek piece of work from 3th - 2.th century BCwhich is Vatican museum and also in Parisian Louvre) and of course in Florence, where the outstanding painting is La Primavera stayed in my heart forever.     

Near Dubrovnik exists small island Supetar, where we used to go bathing during our youth and only way how to get there, was a small boat…. I used to watch the beautiful women from Dubrovnik and for some reason, god knows why, they were always in trio, and as a divine beings, came from the sea … tall, skinny, fearless and smiling, with their stunning bodies, … amazing spectacle – it reminds me the Olympus, where all the goddess are. To this day, I can remember the laugh and grace which they were walking there with.  

 

 

acrylic painiting on canvas

2020

Cepheus and Queen Cassiope of Joppa in Palestine (called Ethiopia) and wife of Perseus. Cassiope offended the Nereids by boasting that Andromeda was more beautiful than they, so in revenge Poseidon sent a sea monster to devastate Cepheus’ kingdom. Since only Andromeda’s sacrifice would appease the gods, she was chained to a rock and left to be devoured by the monster A further deed attributed to Perseus was his rescue of the Ethiopian princess Andromeda when he was on his way home with Medusa’s head. Andromeda’s mother, Cassiopeia, had claimed to be more beautiful than the sea nymphs, or Nereids; so, Poseidon had punished Ethiopia by flooding it and plaguing it with a sea monster. An oracle informed Andromeda’s father, King Cepheus, that the ills would cease if he exposed Andromeda to the monster, which he did. Perseus, passing by, saw the princess and fell in love with her. He turned the sea monster to stone by showing it Medusa’s head and afterward married Andromeda. Perseus flew by on the winged horse Pegasus, fell in love with Andromeda, and asked Cepheus for her hand. Cepheus agreed, and Perseus slew the monster. At their marriage feast, however, Andromeda’s uncle, Phineus, to whom she had originally been promised, tried to claim her. Perseus turned him to stone with Medusa’s head. Andromeda bore Perseus six sons and a daughter.

curtain, 240x150 cm

PERSEUS RESCUING ANDROMEDA

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Cepheus and Queen Cassiope of Joppa in Palestine (called Ethiopia) and wife of Perseus. Cassiope offended the Nereids by boasting that Andromeda was more beautiful than they, so in revenge Poseidon sent a sea monster to devastate Cepheus’ kingdom. Since only Andromeda’s sacrifice would appease the gods, she was chained to a rock and left to be devoured by the monster A further deed attributed to Perseus was his rescue of the Ethiopian princess Andromeda when he was on his way home with Medusa’s head. Andromeda’s mother, Cassiopeia, had claimed to be more beautiful than the sea nymphs, or Nereids; so, Poseidon had punished Ethiopia by flooding it and plaguing it with a sea monster. An oracle informed Andromeda’s father, King Cepheus, that the ills would cease if he exposed Andromeda to the monster, which he did. Perseus, passing by, saw the princess and fell in love with her. He turned the sea monster to stone by showing it Medusa’s head and afterward married Andromeda. Perseus flew by on the winged horse Pegasus, fell in love with Andromeda, and asked Cepheus for her hand. Cepheus agreed, and Perseus slew the monster. At their marriage feast, however, Andromeda’s uncle, Phineus, to whom she had originally been promised, tried to claim her. Perseus turned him to stone with Medusa’s head. Andromeda bore Perseus six sons and a daughter.

 

curtain, 240x150 cm

2020

PERSEUS RESCUING ANDROMEDA