colored pencils, markers and watercolors on paper 25 x 18 cm
"There You Shall Find All That You Could Desire!"
watercolors, colored pencils, color markers on paper 12.5 x 17.5 cm
Mixed technique on paper 25 x 18 cm
"The Spell Has Been Broken"
colored pencils, color markers and tempera on paper 25 x 18 cm
"I Overheard a Secret" Mixed technique on paper
Vladimir Stankovic Rus is a young graphic designer and illustrator from Serbia (currently residing in Finland and, I think, enrolled in a Masters program. His interest in and pursuit of commercial work however has not hindered his unbridled creative vision. Applying colored pencils, watercolor, color markers, tempera and probably anything else handy to paper, he creates an arresting allegorical vision. There's a strong hint of Gustav Klimt in the way he builds shapes, not with modeled coloring effects, but with rich patterns that give the work an unexpected depth. The shapes butt up against one another and overlap in surprising ways that spell out a puzzle-like narrative of human, semi-human, and monstrous relationships. The menagerie of stylized mythical creatures that seem to lurk throughout much of his work also evoke hints of Heironymous Bosch. These works are small and dense, and worth a good deal more than a glance. Take your time with them.
There's a lot of art to look through, plus some fine graphic design work on his Flickr page.