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Filipović Ilija

     
     

Filipović Ilija Filip (Serbia)

     
  Filipović Ilija - Petrified Messages       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  
 
         
     
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The Source of Life,

1986,

stone, 36x34cm

Fellow Travellers, 1987,

stone, height 32cm

Petrified Messages, 1992,
stone, height 100cm
Sphinx from Pčinja, 1995,

stone, height 28,5cm

Twins, 2008,

stone, height 30cm

 
         
         
         
 
 
 
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