A beautiful depiction of age and beauty

New Years eve I went along to take part in a annual tradition of seeing the BP Portrait Award exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

Tony_gallery+shot_1

[images online] Available at: http://www.jelenabulajic.com/works-radovi/tony-gallery [Accessed 1st January 2015]

Each year offers something new and some portraits, of real intimacy and empathy with the sitter.  This year there is an extraordinary portrait by Jelena Bulajić’s a Serbain artist, which towers over you as you walk into the exhibition. It carries the simple title ‘Tony’.

Tony

Bulajić, J, Tony, 2013, 270 x 200cm, mixed media on linen [images online] Available at: http://www.jelenabulajic.com/works-radovi/tony [Accessed 1st January 2015]

It has a sheen like marble with the layers of smooth wax on it, the layers of wax add a depth and a translucent quality to this beautiful portrait.

The below image is a detail of the portrait of ‘Tony’, the lines remind me of contours on a map, the way the depth of them has been captured and yet a softness to them as well, marking out the rugged landscape of life.

Tony_detail

Bulajić, J, Tony detail, 2013, 270 x 200cm, mixed media on linen.[images online] Available at: http://www.jelenabulajic.com/works-radovi/tony-detail [Accessed 1st january 2015]

Taking a note, I wanted to see more of her work . Jelena Bulajić’s  work brought more than I can imagine to my senses as I viewed more of her amazing portraits. I invite you to look at these images, and notice what thoughts are provoked as your drawn into the details of the paintings.

Marie-Therese

Bulajić, J, Marie-Therese, 2013, 270 x 200cm, mixed media on linen. [images online] Available at: http://www.jelenabulajic.com/works-radovi/marie-therese [Accessed 1st january 2015]

When looking at these portraits it feels as though I am looking at the real person, every mark, line, hair counted for, the attention to detail beautiful yet not overwhelming. They are for me an image that can speak a thousand words, a reflection of life and the beauty of age.

Grozda

Bulajić, J. Grozda, 2014 320x 237cm , mixed media on linen. [images online] Available at: http://www.jelenabulajic.com/works-radovi/grozda [Accessed 1st January 2015]

Although Bulajić’ is not the winner of this year award, she is certainly an artist to watch develop and she won over my curiosity as soon as I walked in through the door.

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