Aleksandar Bezinovic | The Classic Contemporary


Croatian artist Aleksandar Bezinovic, recently established in Dubai, presented his collection of paintings and drawings at Souk al Bahar’s Sakenohana lounge last Wednesday, 2 April. 

Multiplying illusions of time, space and perspective, Bezinovic’s works acquire a mystical dimension.

After a decade spent preserving and mending cultural heritage at the Croatian Restoration Institute, the artist now feels the urge to deconstruct, when it comes to the forms he constructs or to the unconventional media he uses. Burning and scratching the metallic leaves he applies to canvases, Bezinovic creates a distinctive, aged feel.


Touche par le feu


Playing with anachronisms is another of his characteristics, appearing on a series of circular pieces. To the tradition of 16th - century archery competitions, when painters were commissioned to decorate shooting targets, he incorporates lullabies and contemporary elements, sparking contextual turnarounds.

Polyhedra studies 


In his Polyhedra drawings, Bezinovic explores the perspective studies of German goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer, considered a master of geometrical design. Pushing the boundaries of geometry and reality on computer, he then lays his ideas onto paper, deconstructing solids into their primal, organic form.


Untitled, calligraphy series


The same studies are also present in Bezinovic’s latest work, a fusion of influences combining Islamic calligraphy and architecture, inspired by Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid. “The process of deconstruction that I applied to perfectly shaped polyhedral models is a merely creative act, characterised by the multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry, evoking the postmodern fusion of Eastern and Western philosophy”, says the artist.


Co-posted on The National's Art Blog


Photo credits
Images courtesy of Aleksandar Bezinovic