Adrian Iurco

Romanian artist, born in 1979                                                                        

Studies 

PhD degree in traditional art and Philosophy at Prince's School of Traditional Arts,London, United Kingdom.

Selected Exhibitions 

2017 This is the Sea, Fanoekunstmuseu, Danmark                                  

2016 Boiler room, Start London,

Saatchi gallery, London, UK

2014 The Bridge, PTSA Gallery, London, UK

2013 Hanging Gardens, Romanian Peasant Museum, Bucharest, RO

Predominantly working in oil paint or mixed techniques, Adrian Iurco depots mostly solitary portraits surprised in moments of introspection, contemplation or pure silence when the only "noise" is given by the light that touches them.

Fascinated by the human psychology and its condition, he explores it and its inside hidden corners.

Those insides are represented  not only trough visible form of a portrait,

but also trough a more abstract way, by personalization of the soul Into clous. For him, clous are beyond a simple natural phenomena, they represent the cover of the world that surrounds us, are moois, feelings, situations. His characters are portrayed mostly in static postures and in many cases having closed eyes or being surprised from behind. This obsessive presence of "blindness" in his paintings pointed to the contemporary human being, increases the drama of his portraits and suggests the crisis of the actual society, the lack of silence, peace, intimacy.In the Same way, his clous looks molt static, as monoliths,in a light much closer to a scenographic closed context, than a natural open one, as the mind and spirit that even flights beyond horizons, are still trapped in body's cage.

The limited chromatic of his palette can be in part the result of the contemporary direction but on the Other hand this is a result of an opposite reaction regering the color excess in the contemporary society, the excessive noise of the advertising, the excess of light and effects, or the frugality of the consumerestic society.

Trough the characteristics of the psycho-realism of his art, the artist tries to create a bon beten the visible and the unseen portrait of his caracter as individual, but also in resonantie with a context, in this case the contemporary society.

BEYOND is an exhibition about the unseen which is in the same time so visible, about people and clouds, visible shapes, unseen spirits.

 Adrian’s clouds are less about clouds as they are about people, without using the human stain as a prototype for its images, but the reason behind it.

The paintings presented in this exhibition are part of the artist’s ongoing CloudProject.

 

Predominantly working in oil paint or mixed techniques, Adrian Iurco depicts in his art mostly solitary portraits surprised in moments of introspection, contemplation or pure silence when the only "noise" is given by the light that touches them. Fascinated by the human psychology and its condition, he explores it and its inner hidden corners.

These insights are represented not only through the visible form of a portrait, but also in a more abstract way, by personalizing the soul into clouds. For him, the clouds are ‘beyond’ the simple natural phenomenon, they represent the cover of the world that surrounds us. They are moods, feelings, situations, through which the artist becomes attracted or even obsessed to see and understand this hidden BEYOND.

In his portraits, his characters are portrayed mostly in static postures and have closed eyes in many cases or are surprised from behind. This obsessive presence of "blindness" in his paintings points to the contemporary human being, increases the drama of his portraits and suggests the crisis of the actual society, the lack of silence, peace, intimacy.

In the same way, his clouds look mostly static, as monoliths, in a light much closer to a scenographic closed context than to a natural open one, as the mind and the spirit that fly ‘beyond’ horizons are still trapped in the body's cage.

The limited chromatic of his palette can be in part the result of his contemporary direction, but on the other hand this is also a result of an opposite reaction regarding the color excess in the contemporary society, the excessive noise of the advertising, the excess of light and effects, or the frugality of the consumeristic society.

Through the characteristics of the psycho-realism of his art, the artist tries to create a bond between the visible and the unseen portrait of his character as an individual, that  also resonates with a context - in this case the contemporary society.

 

Adrian Iurco (b. 1978) is a Romanian artist currently living and working in Antwerpen, Belgium.

He is also the initiator of the artist-run space GateStudio. 

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