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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Bulajić’, J (nd) Website,[online] Avaliable at http://www.jelenabulajic.com [Accessed 1st January 2014]