Filipović Ilija Filip (Serbia)
He was born in Rudna Glava near Majdanpek in 1944. He resides in
Sepojevac. He began doing sculpture in 1966. In the beginning he did
sculptures in wood, most often portraits. In time he completely
devoted himself to stone. He uses the tehnique of hammering and
carving, most often in sinter, whose mere structure associates the
forms and permits more unobstructed processing of the mass. His
figures of old men, animals and monsters are generalised and
condensed, reduced to idols. Fish- like mouth and large round eyes
keep the secret of genesis and eternal resistance, like idols from
Lepenski vir. The myth of his native land has become the
characteristic of his artistic personality. Individually or in
group, uniquely permeated, the heroes of the artist’s fancy are
suggestive and forever memorable for their expressiveness. They are
round, characterised with tender moves and subtle treatment.
Sphere surfaces of his sculptures aspire towards the organic, thus revealing the origins of motifs. Geometry and subjects different from life in its genuine, pulsating form are beyond the artist’s attention.
The sense of reduction of details, the monumentality which suggests the age of primordial countryside makes Filipović’s oeuvre recognisable. By using the technique of carving and hammering, this artist has successful and uninterrupted career; the whole gallery of his figures was on display in all notable galleries and museums worldwide. He had solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He received many domestic and international recognitions and awards; his most significant award is Grand Prix at the Sixth International Biennial of Naïve and Marginal Art, MNMA, Jagodina.
|Petrified Messages, 1992, stone, height 100cm|