Painted shooting targets
Material: wooden boards, acrylic, metal leaf, calligraphy nibs, ink, bitumen, shellack
Diameter: 49 cm
Painted shooting targets is a project that I started a few years ago influenced by the tradition that was common among European civil archers and hunters society in 18th and 19th century. For competition purpose painters were employed to create original art works which sometimes were used for shooting, and sometimes just as a trophy for a winner.
Some of preserved targets can be found in museums in Croatia, Austria and Italy. They are beautiful in their simplicity, funny and noble at the same time. With mystic and imaginative character they are easily transcending a will to win in to a higher goals.
I wanted to add myself to that tradition so in 2008 I painted around 20 pieces mostly with animal and hunting motifs and Latin proverbs.
New ones are created in 2012 and they are the part of antomonous concept that I work on.
I'm using writings above painting that belongs to a traditional Croatian children's songs and nursery rhymes and put them in relation to a painted motif that changes their context. I try to use contemporary concepts that I usually apply on my large format paintings.