Sekulić Sava (Serbia)
He was born in Bilišani near Obrovac at the sea-coast as a Serb in 1902. Sekulić belongs to the group of the so-called “marginal” artists, lonely, bizarre, asocial people who create new forms of beauty. His unusual associativity and ability for materialization of his intellectual energy were intuitively and instinctively realised. Sekulić was a painter of the universal, the timeless and the limitless. For him everything was generalised, from the individual he aspired to the universal, and did it very successfully. Therefore his works are the highest achievements of art brut, not only in the country, but worldwide.
The compositions with human figures are the most numerous, portraits
and the scenes with historical and mythological beings. In his
paintings most often and most complex is the figure of a woman. In
many of his works “philosophical” stories and moralising lessons are
present. His figures are simplifies, flat and stylised. In the
background of every work some original story can be found as a
result of numerous folk tales and beliefs – pagan, Christian,
mythological, historical or contemporary. It is paradoxical that the
artist’s very style counteracts the narrative aspect of the painting
and concentrates completely on the pictorial value. His palette is
restricted. He often painted surfaces with different applications of
transparent colours, one over another, without waiting for the
earlier layer to dry, which led to mixing and assimilation of
colours. One colour is often predominant in each painting, which
sometimes creates a monochrome impression.
He only partially coloured the background in some paintings, so he left whole surfaces uncoloured. It additionally eliminated any illusion of spacious depth. Sekulić's paintings are pervaded with a series of unreal properties, with the character of pure automatism.
The superiority of the artist's senses overgrows the perception of a beholder. An ordinary observer is not capable of noticing and understanding sensitive structure of purely pictorial phenomena.
He has solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad and participated in important international events. He many times received most prestigious awards for his works. He was even posthumously awarded (at the Fifth World Triennial of Naïve and Marginal Art, IN SITA 2000 in Bratislava. The most significant collection of his works is in MNMA in Jagodina, Serbia and Galerie Charlotte Zander, Bönningheim, Germany. He is a world classic.
|Nature Walks over the Sky, 1974, oil on cardboard, 102x70cm|