Stojan Djuric work is shortlised for the Annya Sand Eastern Prize at the Russian Eastern and Oriental Fine Art Fair in London, Hotel Park Lane, Mayfair, 10th-12th June.
Stojan Djuric was born in 1962 in Velika Plana, Serbia. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1994 and obtained a Master’s Degree in 1997. He has been a member of the Association of Fine Arts since 1995, and lives and works in both Velika Plana and Belgrade.
Stojan Djuric’s works can be found in many private and public collections in Serbia and abroad. He has participated in numerous art workshops and many exhibitions – over 200 collective and 33 individual ones. Djuric has also won several prizes and awards.
Stojan is an artist reaching his full maturity and success, with authentic energy, magnificent power and vitality. He paints in a strong, expressionist manner, applying thick layers on the canvas, and his colours are bright, almost as powerful as his brush strokes themselves.
Djuric paints directly and freely, in a manner that reveals a talented drawing artist and a serious expert. His canvases radiate warm emotions, undisturbed by the seemingly harsh painting method – first he strikes us as an artist of untamed temperament but the careful observer can see that he is in fact a sensitive and contemplative painter.
For Stojan, the paintings represent his emotional impression, a combination of the abstract and the real. His canvases are noisy, heated, like a whirlwind. Being a big colourist, he tends to use strong colours, quick brush strokes that leave a visible trace in thick layers. All this brings a dramatic impression to his paintings. Everything in Djuric’s art is done in powerful movements, bordering on the abstract.
Djuric doesn’t experiment with new media. He remains w the borders of classical art – that is his decision. The same goes for the techniques he uses, which are as classical as the media is, which is usually acrylic on canvas, combined with coal pencils and pastels.
The art of Stojan Djuric is the art of scenes, his major inspiration is landscape. He has many fascinations: landscapes, rivers, monasteries, urban architecture. Stojan has firm beliefs, he knows what he can do and therefore is confident. He is a mature artist with a high level of formal education and a clear artistic expression. In his recent series of nudes, Djuric takes a step forward from formal boundaries and connects to the phenomena in his environment – declaring, intervening, commenting.
It is particularly interesting that the artist sought out his models outside of the standard artistic context. The participants are not the artist and the model in the studio, nor the artist-viewer who steals away a woman’s intimate moment. The girl “models” in Stojan Djuric’s paintings are centrefold girls who act for the audience “professionally” and knowingly, provoking them with daring poses and movements, from stages with minimal scenography.
Stojan Djuric is a very diligent, productive and distinguished artist, who became a target of collectors and gallerists at early age. With his paintings, especially his recent ones, the nudes, he will surely be remembered as one of the great painters of this time and place.