The Dubrovnik branch office of the CHF opened its exhibition season at its Prijeko premises with an exhibition featuring the work of academy-educated painter Vilim Parić. The Dubrovnik exhibition showcased thirty works in pen and ink from his Wolves series.

The Dubrovnik branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation opened its exhibition season on the 21st of May at its Prijeko premises with an exhibition featuring the work of Mostar-born academy-educated painter Vilim Parić. The Dubrovnik exhibition showcased thirty works in pen and ink from his Wolves series. After over twenty artists from Croatia and the emigrant communities that have exhibited in Dubrovnik with the help of the Croatian Heritage Foundation, we are now featuring one of the best young artists in Bosnia-Herzegovina, who has staged well-received exhibitions and received a number of prizes.
Writing of the works in this series by Vilim Parić, art historian Marin Ivanović notes that, “It is a very frequent misconception that the small format is only smaller than the large format; it also differs in content, better bearing a compressed motif; it is more suitable to an intimate theme and it allows the painter to speak in a language of interrupted duration – a sketch, croquis, a miniature of an original – and in this series it allows Vilim Parić to establish what the motif and its antipode are in this multi-year series. It is quite certain that in the small format he would not be able to establish an equal correlation of forms, and as such he opts for a raw sketch combined with applications of ink wash, overlapping figures as if they were created on transparent folios such that one volume does not conceal another. This emphasis on the two-dimensional and the abandonment of colour as the painter’s ‘primary energy’ leaves little room for visual excitement, which Parić resolves by introducing ink wash as the painter’s component. His role in these works is dualistic in nature – he is ‘us’ in some of the images and in others ‘them’. He assumes the role of distinction between multiple objects and figures, hinting at the surrounding space or creating an atmosphere, tension and dynamism through numerous semitones.
Observing the wolf motif in various positions, correlations, conflicts and questions, personifying the motif with the titles of the drawings (Debate, evidently, suggests that wolves communicate amongst each other, just as does Desire, in which two wolves cast their gaze to the stars, and Shame, Forgiveness and The Past) and quintessential associations (the drawing Alone), the painter gives the work a broad range of iconographic elements, suggesting with these symbols that he has a question and the possible (artistic) answer, because this theme, however archetypal it might appear to us (which is certainly contributed to by the monochromatic nature of the drawings that link us to proto-ideas and the first drawings), is in fact exclusively his, intuitive, contemporary and expanded to such an extent that it reaches, like Hesse’s Steppenwolf, nothing other than his quotidian experience and himself.”
Vilim was born in Travnik on the 10th of May 1987. He attended secondary school in Čitluk, graduating in 2006. He earned his Master’s degree in painting at the Academy of Art in Široki Brijeg in the class of professor Ante Kajinić. He is currently attending doctoral studies at the Ars Sacra Academy. He has staged seven solo exhibitions and has participated in some thirty group showings. He has been a member of ULUBIH (the Bosnia and Herzegovina Association of Visual Artists) since 2013. He has also been a member of the Makarska Association of Visual Artists since 2014. He has participated in numerous art colonies. He is the recipient of a 2010 prize for painting awarded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
(dubrovacki.hr)