Ilia Petrovic was born in 1962 in Newcastle of Serbian/Italian descent and raised in Suffolk.
After leaving Chelsea School of Art in 1995 and running a small successful interior design company, Ilia Petrovic began to increasingly focus on his first passion – painting. He developed a fascination for colours and textures inspired by cosmology and microcosm, nature, cinematic special effects but mostly inspired by music and lyrics. Below, we find out a bit more about the artist.
How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
I’ve been working as an artist for around 20 years (since 1997). I was part artist until 2003 and full artist ever since.
What artists or professionals have been your biggest influences?
Artists – I am more inspired by artists who change the way we think about art. A lot of classic artists like Vermeer and Caravaggio to modern masters like David Hockney and Francis Bacon.
Music – I’m also influenced by music artists such as Bowie and Bjork, the way these musicians straddle the fine line between art and music is inspiring.
Design – Alexander Mcqueen and Vivian Westwood.
Manta Ray 113 X 140cm.
What do you try to express in your work?
Colour, emotion, balance and harmony. Sometimes I like to give them a darker gothic quality.
Last English Rose 100 x 100cm
Can you explain your thought process a little?
I work on large canvasses, diptychs and triptychs using acrylic and oils with vanishes and resins to create glossy multi layered flowing images on a matt backgrounds. The final effect is a volcanic three-dimensional blown glass feel in two dimensions. The intricate images formed can be interpreted in many personal and subjective ways. Whether vibrant or somber he enjoys experimenting with colours and the way they combine to give the effect he is looking for.
Vertebrae 105 X 140cm each panel
Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting or the way it is executed?
I think I would have to say the way it’s executed, although I normally start with a subject which is abstract.
Which artistic project are you most proud of?
I would guess it would be two paintings, one is called ‘Swimming With Sharks’, it was the first piece that a serious gallery and the press took notice of and I felt this was all moving in the right direction, it got a complimentary review in an US art magazine. The other one is ‘My England’ this one felt more personal to me.
Also my first exhibition and the Lamberty, clients flew from all over the world to view my work, then after that I got my Cork Street Exhibitions.
What memorable responses have you had to your work? Do they influence your work and process in anyway?
A US art critic once said they have the darkness of a Bacon, this was years ago, I took it as a compliment, I hope that’s how it was intended. Normally I don’t take these things too seriously. The other was a guy who took a trip down Cork Street and said a painting called ‘Lungs’ was his favourite piece and took the time to write an email to tell me.
What have you been up to in the last five years?
Working on paintings, some new limited edition prints, lighting design and scarves…
Where do you create your work?
A small studio in my home.
What excites you about showcasing your artwork through ARTful and in a more corporate environment?
Showing work in public places, it make a change from gallery spaces, hopefully gives wider audience to chance to look at my work..
The exhibition will run from 10th November 2017 until 10th May 2018 at Vintners Place, 68 Upper Thames Street, London, EC4V 3BJ. All work on show are available to purchase. For further information or to arrange an appointment to view contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 702 8030.