ABOUT THE ARTIST
Vladan Terzic was born in Belgrade in 1953. He graduated from the Arts Academy in Novi Sad, painting department in the class of Professor Dušan Todorović, drawing in a class of professor Milan Blanuša. Vladan is a member of ULUS (The Association of Artists of Serbia). He lives and works in Užice as a free-lanced artist. His address is 33 Majdanska Street, 31000 Užice, Serbia. Phone number: +381 31 553 143
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
1973,1976,1980,1987. – Užice, Hol Nаrodnog pozorištа;
1978. – Šibenik, Dom JNA;
1985. – Kosovskа Mitrovicа, Dom kulture;
1987. – Zemun, Umetničkа gаlerijа „Stаrа kаpetаnijа”;
1988. – Rijekа, Gаlerijа „Jurаj Klović”
1989. – Kruševаc, Modernа gаlerijа „Kruševаc”;
1990. – Užice, Nаrodni muzej; Ivаnjicа, Dom kulture;
1991. – Užice, Hol Nаrodnog pozorištа;
1992. – Beogrаd, Kućа Đure Jаkšićа; Novа Vаroš, Dom kulture;
1993. – Johаnezburg, Gаlerijа „Vgitа 1_аke”;
1995. – Užice, Grаdskа gаlerijа; Zemun, Umetničkа gаlerijа „Stаrа kаpetаnijа”; Beogrаd, Jugoslovenskа gаlerijа umetničkih delа, Gаlerijа „Andrićev venаc”;
1996. – Podgoricа, Gаlerijа Centrа sаvremene umjetnosti Crne Gore;
1998. – Užice, Nаrodni muzej; Ivаnjicа, Dom kulture;
2000. – Beogrаd, Gаlerijа ULUS-а; Užice, Grаdskа gаlerijа; Bijeljinа, Gаlerijа „Milenko Atаnаcković”;
2003. – Užice, Grаdskа gаlerijа;
2004. – Beogrаd, Umetnički pаviljon „Cvijetа Zuzorić”
2008. – Beigrad, Galerija Atrium, Biblioteka Grada Beograda
2016. – Beograd, Galerija ULUS-a
1972-1988. – godišnje izložbe Udruženjа „Pivo Kаrаmаtijević” u Užicu;
1981. – Rijekа, Modernа gаlerijа, XI bijenаle mlаdih;
1982. – Šibenik, Grаdskа gаlerijа, Svibаnjski sаlon mlаdih;
1984. – Novi Sаd, Gаlerijа Mаtice srpske, 10 godinа Akаdemijа umetnosti;
1985. – Užice, Nаrodni muzej, Likovni umetnici Užicа 1945-1985;
1988. – Beogrаd, Umetnički pаviljon „Cvijetа Zuzorić”, Prolećni sаlon ULUS-а; Krаgujevаc, istа izložbа;
1988.- Užice, Hol Nаrodnog pozorištа, I likovni sаlon;
1989-2001. – Užice, Grаdskа gаlerijа, Likovni sаlon;
1994. – Krаgujevаc, Nаrodni muzej, izložbа „Sаlon 9+”; Sofijа, Gаlerijа „Vi- tošа”, izložbа „Sаvremeno Jugoslovensko slikаrstvo”; G. Milа- novаc, muzej Rudničko-Tаkovskog krаjа, izložbа „Sаvremeno Jugoslovensko slikаrstvo”;
1996. – Beogrаd, Gаlerijа 73, izbor sа izložbi u Umetničkoj gаleriji „Stаrа kаpetаnijа”; Sombor, Grаdski muzej, izložbа „Pejsаž kаo izrаz”; Čаčаk, Likovni sаlon Domа kulture, izložbа „Mаli prolećni аnаle”; Sofijа, Gаlerijа Sаvezа bugаrskih umetnikа, izložbа ULUS-а;
2004. – Budvа, Modernа gаlerijа, Likovni sаlon
Vladan Terzic participated in art colonies and exhibitions organized on the occasion: Ljutomer, Kraljevo, Sirogojno, Visegrad, G.Milanovac, Pale, Tara, Aranđelovac, Banja Luka, Belgrade RTS
Others about Vladan Terzić:
Bratislav Ljubišić, 2003
Rarely any artist remembers his beginning after thirty years of creative work. Especially the moments when a decision was taken to start up an adventure of dealing with painting art. But in case of Vladan Terzic, the situation is clear: the idea of dedicating to rememebrance and recording of the already seen and existing still preoccupies him as decades before. There is some spontaeneity in that, some unspoilt joy and wish to stop for good the flow of time and transience as well as instability of watching. To give the start of firmness and permanent note to something that is ephemeric itself. Basically, everybody has such painting. However, here is the question of admiration to one type, a part of nature and the intention to keep the secret which is a cause and igniter of creation of many works. What is it that happens especially to a man to make him lonely and to surrender himself to the creation of new nature, with a new language and procedure which had never occurred to anybody before that is a permanent magic which is set in front of a looker, the one who gazes at the nature on the wall. For 30 years Terzic has had to overcome many and different temptations. To last and to believe in what he leaves as sacred to the others in forthcoming times. The exhibition in front of you proves it in the best way: everything is OK. Both a creator and the work are there. The moment of surprise is there, but there is some other reality, the one which tends to separate and to dominate with its exceptional features.
Terzic has remained loyal to realism but he has changed it: to a certain extent he has brought in expressiveness, has given some additional energy to the colourite and has approached to the demanded dramatic feature. Although the picture organisation is filled with dynamic elements, there is a certain monumental touch. An intention to express clearly the feeling and admiration is present also: the sight encompasses a whole series of the existing fears which are carried by existence itself. Each stroke of a brush or pencil is a reflexion of one secret life. By making a picture, it has been revealed and made public. Like the singing from the dark.
A motive of this painter has always been developed many times, analyzed and studied. Drawing, painting, taking photos, all that is in the function of nature constructing about a process where sensitivity has been brought into a focus.
One material thing transforms into another. Anyway, it is even normal when a picture is in question. It is more precise than a word and its ambiguities. It is always defined and it helps greatly to an artist to reach the other side. To involve a looker into this circle which joins a conspiracy so easily. And its intention is to make the invisible visible. To make the unexisting existing. The artist has managed and created this for thirty years. Numerous interpreters of his work and all this done with a unique intention to reveal the secret of creative work. However, it has been kept and there is an opportunity given to many other people to have a try. To help a little. This introduction to the creative work which I have admired to for many years has been made with that intention.
Dragiša Milosavljević, 2003.
The strong expressive painting of Vladan Terzic, with the exceptional feeling for colourite, places him at a high rank in the recent Serbian painting. A landscape, as a special experience of nature rooted in the early youth times, separates and sets him firm even more. He himself says about it: “The pictures from childhood in any case leave an impression on a man for his whole life. Maybe they are most expressive in artists, painters especially. Landscape as my opus has been tied firmly for my childhood, which I had spent in the nature, where I grew up and walked. Even when I am not in Uzice and in this region, but somewhere at the seaside or some other place or another country, I paint a landscape again, as nature is the one which inspires me, which gives me the creative power and motivates me all again and again.”
Painters, from whom he absorbed certain knowledges. Ot course, colour, colourite are the important painting syntagm which is immediately noticeable in Terzic’s pictures and which makes his artistic credo recognizable. It was written about several times and probably nothing new and special will be added to that. He knows pretty well the sentence which remained after Van Ghogh, stating that colour expresses a lot for itself… About colourite, about the relations of colours in his paintings, Mr Terzic says:
“Red colours, intensive yellow as well as a blue colour, actually dominant colours are present in my pictures, which for sure exist in nature, but not in those relations. My aim to show the ambient atmosphere – requires to point out contrasts more, to make the warm even warmer, the cold even colder; and just those contrasts to complete the very picture composition and the very impression of nature, in order to have light, light play, shadows, play of shadows on objects in focus”.
Dušan Đokić, 1990
With a rare consistency, this painting is permeated with a spirit of cheerfulness and optimism, by looking for the type of light which with an equal power joins the impression of nature with the one which, on the trace of the visible, confirms the active conceit. Connection of all the visual data in Terzić’s painting has been achieved in one energetic sequence, as a type of a logic step forward from the field of illusion and mimesis into an energy field of a pure picture, whose visual defining depends primarily on what happens in the process of netting a canvas surface. From one possible, analytical art of “landscape” there has been realized, by a controlled gesture, an entry into the art of the “space”, shifting the emphasis from the possible content and narration, onto the extrusion of what is expressed as the essence of a painting problem into the focus.
Dušan Todorović, 1988
The visual language and painting alphabet used by Vladan Terzic to tell us a poetic vision of nature, is deeply rooted in his curious and creative personality which does not rest and has a need to bring a new content into a picture, which does not stand literal, veridicous records from nature, but changes his painting poetic visions with a sure stroke of a brush into a picture as an object of an independent action of new nature. Also, in Terzic’s pictures which are woven of linear rhythmically-coordinated coloured strokes, synchronized chromatic actions which glitter in his pictures, one can perceive and recognize the structures and layers of the green, chromatically changeable natural ramparts of tree trunks and treetops densely settled on nearby hills and mountain ranges, which surround him, where the sky is high and far away and in front of us there is a dense curtain of nature.
Radomir Vergović, 2003
Terzic is nature’s believer with an attitude of deep, nearly religious permeation. To its “schlagvort”, he shall react back by a fierce confession of his fears, joys, loves, pains over destinies of people and the all bad luck of man. The pictures of nature become the landscapes of the artist’s soul. These are the landscapes of a curageous and cruel gesture saturated with a thick paste of nearly pure colour which looks like a deposit of a huge, layered, materllaized pure emotion. The relation of coloured masses go from dramatic clashes of opposed charges and energies up to hidden, lyrically coloured colouristic accords. In those pictures, the self- landscapes of his being, Terzic tends to a perfect truth through a maximum experienced and sincere confession. Being aware of the fact that a human word as a communication and understanding means has devaluated into its contrast, that it hides more than it reveals, that it is ambiguous, false and fickly, that it distorts and spoils emotions, he wants to free the colour as his own communication means with his own himself arid with the people, to free it from everything that is false and ambiguous. For that reason, very often, as a message, final word or the most sincere thought, he emphasizes in the picture with the colour directly from a tube, pure and unmixed, without ambiguities and compromises as a word of a prophet or a fair man.
However, regardless of the type of emotional charge which erupts from each picture, Terzic has no aim to shock, horrify or make a speaker-looker cry. Beauty and optimism radiate from his auto landscapes of soul which are visible only at the second look, just the way the beauty of nature and the beauty of a man are visible. And just because of that, and not only because of that, Terzic represents in an authentic and consistent way, one can say freely, the painting of Uzice circle of artists and the painting in modern Serbian art.
Sreto Bošnjak, 1998
Terzić’ s constant painting inspiration is a poetic impression of the world and its convincing transformation into a poetic language of a picture. Colour and stroke, colour and freed shape, colour and abstract surface, colour and rhythm which appear as a logic consequence of an exciting perceptive action of a painting being – are the basic elements of his poetics. A creative process covers a span from the world’s nature to picture’s nature, from the already seen to the experienced, in a synthetic vision of a shape which in a Terzić’s picture is a dynamic unit of an event transformed into a structure of the painting language or expression. It is no longer the picture of the objective world but it is the world In the picture which is established as a highly expressive affirmation of the poetic content within a painting being.
Dr Vjekoslav Ćetković, 1987
Terzic’s picture is brilliant, a colouristically created thought. Colour becomes the basic unit of showing the impression of the world inaugurated in primary meaning via experiences. His painting does not have a revolt and life tightness. It is primarily a refined thought, often decorative but strong and woven temperamentally with full power and support on his own colour impression. Terzic transforms a picture into an avalanche of substance, constantly rockered, radially or asymetrically cyclic and circular movement, whirpools and torrents of powerful, abrupt and fast made strokes, which are quiet pulsing, glitters, glowing or burning down of the dense and charged substance. He has really made the picture structure saturated with the inspiration freshness or the sense for complete harmonies which being like this and without thematic meaning can cause deep life impulses.