The Scent of Painting is the first international showing of both of Alesandro Ljubicic’s best known art forms: his still life floral paintings on stretched linen and his gestural colour studies on birch boards. Both instantly recognisable by the drag and scoop of vibrant slabs of pure oil paint; the resulting surfaces taking on a distinctly sculptural quality.
Flowers burst out from Ljubicic’s large, textured canvases. Sweeps and daubs of vivid colour convey his intense response to the beauty of nature. Ljubicic’s more abstracted colour studies share the same emotional charge. These smaller panels, created at the same time as the larger ower works, further explore the effects of layering paint. Whorls and waves of different colours resist blending together, competing to be the most vibrant.
Born in Jajce, in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ljubicic studied at the National Art School in Sydney where he was involved in a number of exhibitions and Art awards. Since graduating, Ljubicic has been curated into group shows around Australia, exhibited work at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and presented solo shows in both Sydney and Melbourne.