Vladimir Veličković was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1935, but has worked and lived in Paris, France since 1966, and is largely regarded as a French painter.

Profoundly marked by the atrocities of the Second World War, Velickovic pours the horrors he witnessed onto the canvas, where contorted, flayed and mutilated bodies overpower the composition.

These works are terrifying and beautiful.

Macabre, grotesque but still beautiful. Another warning: art is subjective, as is this opinion, for many are shocked and repulsed by the images.

Some critics see his art as referencing Matthias Grünewald, a German Renaissance painter, known for his religious works. Others see echoes of the great tormented paintings by Francis Bacon.

Ultimately, Velickovic is in a league of his own, the profound message imbuing his art is his alone, and he is aware of how much it reverberates to this day.
The screaming, living corpses that inhabit his visual universe, belong as much to those dying now, as those who perished all these years ago.

A kind of respite is offered on the second floor of 1700 La Poste art gallery, which by the way offers a unique backdrop to Velickovic’s paintings.

It showcases the artist’s ink on paper drawings, also in large format, and absolutely mesmerizing.

His line is exquisite, the tangled compositions forever compelling, pulling the viewer deeper and deeper into their dark realm.

Ravens and vicious dogs accompany the personages in many works, and the burning fire that scorches some of them, sends its own kind of warning. One of a self-inflicted destruction.

This is a Canadian premiere for the artist, and marks his first return to North America in over thirty years.

Vladimir Velickovic
1700 La Poste
1700 Notre-Dame West
Montreal
T 438.384.1700
March 21 thru June 21, 2015

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Fire, 2005
Oil on canvas
250 x 500 cm

Pitbull
Mixed media on carton
32 x 29 cm

Corps, corbeaux, 2010
Ink on paper
225 x 165 cm

Pitbull, 2011
Ink on paper
225 x 165 cm

Vladimir Velickovic