Novak Slunjski- painter of an old style abstract art !
I believe in the power of the first move that triggers the idea. The invisible instinct drives me to create and I trust this instinct the most. In front of the canvas, with brush in my hand, I am the most self. Fully exist. Without thoughts. Only canvas and brush. The paradox is in the act, so long as you do not see, you do not know what it is, what it is for.
Marijan Novak Slunjski, after getting a degree in art education at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, he continued his studies in Rome with painter Piero Pizzi Canelli and in Venice with master Emilo Vedova. On his artistic path he has met established artists and teachers, but above all he learned about art and explored it by visiting the world’s galleries, reading academic literature, fiction, poetry and art magazines, and by continuously observing and studying everything in depth. Thus he has developed his own style, which is not dictated by trends, but by his mission that materializes in the moment when the painter touches the canvas.
At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?
What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?
I have some of my earliest works in my parents house and sometimes I am amazed what I have created.
Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?
How would you describe your artistic style?
My colors are white, red, black, yellow and orange. All innumerable shades of black, that can be used to create an infinite variety of visions and feelings.
I do not look at the trends. I don’t paint to be famous. I believe that painting is hard work, that’s why I honestly, consistently work. Paint. My paintings are not for everyone. I do not want to be likeable, my paintings do not tend to be decorative. I also don’t deal with messages, with a purpose of my painting. I leave that to the viewer. Image is the message, a provocation, what in that right moment understands, sees the viewer.
What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?
How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?
Tell us a bit about your personal life ...
A few pieces from Novak Slunjski’s gallery
Why they love Novak Slunjski’s art
Cass Stoddart, Artist
“Fantastic body of work, full of expression and freedom, love it.”
Syd Xinos, USA
More about Novak Slunjski
Shows & Exhibitions
My paintings are part of interior of London’s restaurant Zebrano, which was shortlisted top 5 in a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of spaces Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in september 2016.
I have also colaborated with fashion designer Antonio Maras.