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About Aleksandar Bašić
2005 - 2007
Manchester Metropolitan University
1998 - 2002
University of Derby
Cork Street Open Exhibition Summer Show
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Event: Portraits and Seascapes
Dates: April 1, 2019 - April 7, 2019
Portraits & Seascapes is an exhibition of new works by Aleksandar Bašić and Luke Branca.
Both artists are known for responding to traditional fine art genres in highly contemporary ways. This is what brings them together for a third consecutive year at 5th Base Gallery.
Portraits of renowned artists, painted in bright colours, reflecting elements of their own visual language; this is the best way to describe Aleksandar Bašić’s latest works. Art history itself, the wonders and horrors of technology and a sense of mystery are important underlying subjects. The paintings conclude a long running series created over the past three years, with the more recent pieces showing a concentrated focus on colour and paint as a material.
Event: THREE.1 - Group Exhibition
Dates: April 3, 2018 - April 8, 2018
Three artists: Aleksandar Basic, Luke Branca and Matthew Hams
Dates: April 3, 2017 - April 9, 2017
Three, an exhibition of new works by London-based artist-educators Aleksandar Bašić, Luke Branca and Lisa Sharma.
Aleksandar Bašić's latest mixed media (ink, acrylic and watercolour) works on paper are a series of portraits, merging art history with the more contemporary phenomenon of "selfies". Throughout history artists have been infatuated with the portrayal of themselves and others in numerous ways and forms. Today, portraiture is pushed to banality, or kitsch, with the arrival of new technologies; even face recognition software is no longer science fiction. Aleksandar uses these realities to gather the essential information he needs to create his portraits, which consistently depict the memory of an artist who has inspired his practice. His abstracted portraits present viewers with a blend of jarring shapes and all of the key components of the historical and contemporary portraits that he examines. The viewer’s full engagement is demanded in reading these images.
Event: The Origin of The World
Dates: Oct. 5, 2015 - Oct. 17, 2015
Inspired by the controversial painting of Gustave Courbet titled “The Origin of the World”, UK based visual artist Aleksandar Basic creates a modern version of the 1866 painting in a series of mix-media drawings which will be exhibited in London at the Paul McPherson gallery in October 2015. Experimenting with unconventional materials like human hair, spray paint and inspired by the semi abstract style of Paul Cézanne, this collection promises abstract and contemporary exploration of female form. The collection brings in the spotlight the controversy of the original painting and it's realistic representation of the female character, in a combination of line, form, color, light and different materials. This is Aleksandar' second solo exhibition.
Event: The Londoner and The Interview
Dates: March 31, 2014 - April 12, 2014
Solo Exhibition 'The Londoner and The Interview' at the Paul McPherson Gallery. The exhibition is a collection of figurative-abstract works inspired with people, modern commuters that are travelling to work in and around London and will be focusing on people, travel, mood, juxtaposed shapes and lines.
In the Interview, Londoners are represented as they attend an interview and the viewers are introduced into the world of uncertainty and uneasiness.
This collection is also a portrait of a society and a representation of the present economic climate. The development of the series started in 2010 - in the middle of the economic crisis and even if works are depicting commuters, travelling to work emerging from a gloomy, uncertain, weathered streets one can begin to understand the importance of this imagery. These works have captured the present situation of the world and they are posing questions in a subtle way where viewers need to invest time to discover them.
Aleksandar regularly exhibits in exhibitions around the UK. He displays fine art paintings that stand on their own as collectible works of art.
"I am interested in all areas of art and design, although I am mostly using oils, I constantly experiment with different styles and media. My motifs are people, objects and places that have left impressions on me. I find inspiration in existentialism, impressionism, cubism and most of the other isms."
"When creating artwork, I am not thinking about the style but rather what I want to achieve. I am interested in “how things work” and I investigate this in different aspects of form, shape, light and colour."