On Friday, November 17, a solo exhibition “Paintings in E Minor” by painter Nikola Žigon was opened at the Štab Gallery and it will be on view until December 3, 2023.
My Sun, Love Potion, Holiday on the Pillow, Miracle of Love I and II, Hello Love, Lucky Circumstance, A Rosy Journey, Portal of Abundance… are some of the names of Žigon‘s paintings, whose leitmotif is obviously love. All paintings were created during 2023, and the exhibition consists of 15 large canvases, on which Žigon‘s style and rich palette of colors can be seen at first glance.
The layering of Nikola Žigon‘s paintings, united under the title “Paintings in E Minor” is presented in a kind of mix of gestures and colors in several planes of space: formal-painting, psychological and physical. Although color is dominant in the paintings, at the same time the artist does not give up form, figure, or gesture, looking for a balance of everything in embodying the psychophysical presence of the painter in his own work.
The visitors were addressed at the opening by the artist, as well as the curator Marta Vukotić Lazar, who says that the point of creating such large paintings is not the aspiration for something grandiose and pompous, but the artist’s need to present himself clearly, quite intimately and humanly.
Nikola Žigon with curators Marta Vukotić Lazar and Ana Kršljanin
Marta Vukotić Lazar adds:
“Relying on rhythm, on the collision of forms in space and on the cutting of space by time, where color attracts form and signs attract color, the artist’s visionary endeavor was to “gather” all these “instruments of canvas poetry” in his works.
Working with Mendelssohn‘s violin concerto and Chopin‘s piano concerto in E minor as inspirations, Žigon creates an art world that is not a mere symbiosis of art forms, but an introduction of the structure, rhythms and tones of the art form as it is, into its own world of images.”
The artist says that at this exhibition, in these paintings, he wrote down with color, strokes, and lines, everything he felt, observed, and learned about the magnificent energy of Love.
Žigon found his artistic expression after his stay in Paris in the 2000s, where he devoted himself entirely to painting. This was followed by two exhibitions in Paris and one in Belgrade. Thanks to those exhibitions, he became an exclusive member of the prestigious Prom Gallery in Munich. His paintings are on permanent display at the Würth Museum in Künzelsau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. His work is present in numerous private collections throughout Europe and America.
Nikola Žigon graduated from the department of painting in the class of Professor Moma Antonić in 1991 at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade.
The exhibition will last until December 3
ŠTAB Gallery is located at 14 Woodrow Wilson Boulevard, entrance 2.
The first day of Nikola Žigon’s art exhibition at the Štab Gallery
Miracle of Love I and II
Nikola Žigon with his sister Ivana
Nikola Žigon with his sister Ivana and Džoni Racković