“Dante, Divine Comedy, Welcome into the Hell.” A painting by Vlada Mirković.
I sadly can’t tell you much about Serbian-born painter Vlada Mirković, though I do believe that his remarkable paintings will resonate with the vast majority of our art-loving Dangerous Minds readers. According to what I was able to glean about Mirković, he has been working as a freelance artist for nearly three decades. He specializes in “figurative art” which, as it pertains to modern art, is the creation of pieces that depict the artist’s vision of the “real world,” especially as it relates to the physical human form.
Here’s a nice synopsis of what seems to make Mirkovic tick written by Swiss art historian Benoit Junod:
“The universe which Vlada leads us into through his paintings is perhaps the one which Alice found beyond the looking-glass. It is not fairground world with light relief or escape routes, although the sky is always blue there. Architectures are rigorous, and a faceless man confronts his destiny and measures himself to it. Maybe Vlada brings us there to give us the privilege of seeking the truth there in. Again proof of fragility, of our own fragility, is present. The balance and harmony, however, contradict what might be frightening in this world which obliges us to introspection. The intelligence of artist is to hold our hand and reassure us, as he leads us along with his pictural path, much as Dante did before him.”
Right on. Below, a selection of Mirković‘s dreamlike paintings, which have sell for as much as $15,000 dollars. Some are slightly NSFW.
“Anatomy Lesson” 2015.
“Byzantiium Blue” 1997.
“Mysterium Magnum” 2000.
“In Search of Lost Time” 1996.
“The Fallen or Scream of the Butterfly” 2008.
“The Mystery of Time” 1998.
“From Venice - with love” 2012.
“Keeper of the secret” 2013.
“He, first day” 2014.
“Divine Comedy 1, 2, 3.”
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
From Russia with drugs: The twisted erotic surrealism of Dmitry Vorsin
Naughty nuns, Nosferatu and BDSM: Surreal works by the master of ‘anything goes’ Clovis Trouille
Surreal paintings of Francis Bacon as ‘The Joker,’ Charlie Parker as ‘Big Bird’ & many more
Uncanny worlds and bad dreams: The strange, surreal, and macabre paintings of Jolene Lai