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At the beginning of the summer I invite you to a journey across Europe! Gallery “Silvena Art”, in the city of Rousse, will host my 14th solo exhibition: "Walks in the UNknown Europe.”.
I have always loved to travel - until recently I've presented paintings of my trips around our lovely Bulgaria, but now after nearly two years, the right time has came to show Europe the way I see it as an artist. Together we will visit well-known to most of you places - an aristocratic London, with submerged in warm hues of the setting sun docks "St.Katherine", gardens Retiro in Madrid, will feel the spirit of cosmopolitan Berlin, will bathe in the azure waters around the island of Thassos, will breathe in the aroma of the Orient in Istanbul ... Along with the icons of Europe we will travel to see more unusual places - the cast off near Morecambe, the phenomenon Sand Stone at the river Elbe in Germany. 23 adventures await us.
For the finale will quote one more thought on this topic:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
The works presented at the current exhibition are inspired by the magical experiences and sensations of fire. Fire, with its might and beauty, has always been fascinating for us human beings, and it came to occupy central place in the religion and everyday life of our predecessors. Fire became an essential part and symbol of human existence. Thousands of years later, we still tremble in awe by the sight of devastating fires and full of humility stretch a hand to light a candle in the temple. Fire has a life of its own. It is born out of a little sparkle in the dark, happily plays between dry leaves and branches, then grows and before long is ready to swallow all that crosses its path, in order to finally give up and quietly fall asleep: tired and cold. Yet, while alive the fire is never one, it has many faces. It can be a caring and forgiving friend, but also a wild, uncompromising foe, travelling the world in order to bring sorrow and destruction. Still, even amidst devastation and destruction the fire retains its magical beauty under its spell we can only beg and hope for the safety of its generosity. This spell of fire could be as powerful for the eyes staring at the fireplace as it could be for witnesses of rivers of magma. I can only hope to keep your eyes for a couple of long moments on my own reflections of fire.
This exhibition is dedicated to all those ordinary people who grinded by the heartless monotony of our grey everydayness are being forced into retreat from experiencing and sharing our most human emotions. The works presented here wish is to speak the esthetic that constitutes the essence of our lives, and are an imaginary conversation with our sleeping un-conscious.
„The idea for the exhibition came to me during one of my trips around Bulgaria. It came suddenly and as a sweet shock. I found myself awakening to the many faces of one a single day and felt so enchanted by the beauty of this day that I had to share it with you. I believe that curiosity and a spirit of discovery are deeply rooted in us all and if they are asleep it takes very little to bring them back to life. Sometimes all that it takes is the warm wind in August, the sound of the sea, or the fragrances in the air after a summer storm. This day was like a dream, but I was living it to the full. My imagination was capturing it into frames until late at night. And just before I submitted fully to the power of the dream the last frame emerged and quietly completed the feelings of colour. "
This exhibition tries to capture the many faces of this ordinarily beautiful yet also somewhat strange summer day. Bringing some of it back into our lives is all that I can wish and hope for. Please take it, it is all yours!
All works included in this exhibition are new and are thematically and emotionally dominated by my fascination with water. The origins of this artistic love affair are difficult to trace, yet on reflection it seems that what I am most drawn to is the infinite number of ambiguities and contradictions, that water incorporates. Water is simultaneously concrete and elusive, trivial and mysterious, intimately close and unattainable. Like time it plays with life and never washes ashore its inner secrets. To me this magic ambiguity captures in a dramatic manner the complexities of life, which makes water irresistible and artistically stimulating. These most recent works represent some of the emotional states of water as I saw them and are also an invitation for you to share my own feelings of this encounter.