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Artistically it was inevitable that the landscape would become a primary source of inspiration for Miodrag Jankovic as it provides all the visual splendor, enchantment and unpredictability that he requires to allow his impassioned responses, to what he witnesses in nature, to be directly translated into dramatic visual tensions of life as an uncontainable and miraculous force.
It is as if the viewer is plunged head-on into a cauldron of atmospheric acrobatics, some predictable and some not, some soothing to the soul and some of such portent that one reflexively wants to dive for shelter before the storm hits, some so breathtaking in their intangible attraction that one can barely fathom such untamable beauty, and all imbued with the most miraculous lighting effects.
Miodrag’s style embraces modernism but with a decidedly classical tinge. He celebrates a return to the timeless measure of tonality as form, nuance as defining shape, and highlights flicked in with impressionist zeal. Interestingly, one can also immediately sense in his work the expressionist and metaphoric fire of the likes of Nolde, Munch and Ryder - feelings innocent, raw, uncensored, colours signaling exuberance, harmony and dissonance, awakening and retreat, essences in transition, and beginnings and endings where change is the only erstwhile moderator - and no visible human presence.
He has the lingering dramatic and romantic aroma of Delacroix about his visions, a quality of meditation on the impermanence and interconnectedness of all things - he catalyses an awareness of the unknown and the reality of not ultimately being in control of anything.
Previously Miodrag had plunged wholeheartedly into gestural abstraction, wrestling with very difficult problems of mark-making, spatial plays and an anarchic sense that artistically anything goes when pushing the boundaries of painting. That adventure has clearly led him to finding his original vision and language of expression, and is testimony to his diligence and perseverance in seeking to not only understand and master his chosen medium on the canvas, but also to tame the imaginative mind.