Meeting the artist Janez Štros, painter

Short summary about you?

I entered the world of painting in 2002. This is where I found an opportunity to reflect my sentience, adventures, and reminiscence. Contentless and indefinable scenes came into being spontaneously and irrepressibly, bringing primeval relief, and unveiling my impetus, my innermost subconscious frame of mind. By doing so, I began to actualize the approach reinforced by Breton’s manifesto and the theory of subconsciousness.
The hand follows my inner vocation, and I feels as if I was its medium, its herald being called to reveal it in a visually explicit and distinctively individualistic way, introducing its profoundly intimate nature.

What is your art about?

My paintings can be characterized as expressive colourful abstractions. Contentwise, they are intangible, autonomous fine art specimens which expose and contemplate my inner world like an open book. They originate freely and tempt the beholder into their own liberated experiences. From the paintings, however, arise mirage-like segments that seem almost within reach.

Can you tell us more about your artworks?

The artwork is composed of multiple layers, a dynamic interaction of my conscious marks and spontaneous reaction to the contours in colour and unfolding “the story” therein. Diverse in character, invariably uncensored, primordial, eruptive strokes bring colourful grandeur starting in near monochromatism and ascending irrepressibly toward a spectrum of rainbow colours. I pursue my personal frames of mind and intimate states of soul and spirit by using the entire palette. As Wassily Kandinsky would have said, colour, like music finds the most straightforward avenue to the soul.
The paint coatings string side by side overlaying and communicating reciprocally, synthesizing and vanishing. This is how unique and softly remarkable alloys of colours and endlessly diverse traces originate. Abundant coatings of oil paint conjure up thickness and gently awaken texture of a painting joined by entirely transparent interspace. The state on the surface depends on the occurrences underneath as well as on the stretching of the colour membranes at lower levels. They partly but decisively break through onto the exterior, or alternatively subtly radiate all the way through it, playing a vital part in marking its colouristic occurrences and bringing up a dimension of illusionistic deepness.
The painting epidermis is getting a more and more interesting and telling art moment. Thickenings shape an outstanding superficial motion, which has an organic design.
Although the structure becomes a stronger artistic segment, it does not veil motley art happenings existing under materialised concreteness.

From the cycle “You are an Angel too” ©Janez Štros

The paintings represent free, open, and dynamic composition percepts not confined by the rim of a canvas. Namely, they cross its frames and silently fill up the wider space. These are specimens, overwhelming with great variety of graphic events. They are living, pulsating artworks born from an inner urge, vibrating in a wider space.
At first sight, there is nothing figurative in the abundance of colours, lines, shapes, and structures. Along the observer’s open and punctilious communication with each painting, shapes of determinable design enter visual life. They are more visible to some than others, depending on the individual’s immersion into the tissue of the painting and his/her readiness to perceive their essence. Despite their impact on the mirage level they allude to the concrete reality. They are mostly articulated in figuratively designed shapes.

From the cycle “You are an Angel too” ©Janez Štros

What is about “your angels”?

In my latest cycle these forms are angels. “Angels are spiritual beings or ghosts with etheric, airy body who may take on only the appearance of men,” said Chevalier in the Dictionary of Symbols. As such, my angels have their own image. Despite their spiritual nature they have their bodies: childly, womanly, or manly forms – they appear and vanish as if they were now a body then only a spirit.
They are softly articulated, tender, and sensuous. They are beings of light and hope, touching us softly, caressing our sights, touching our hearts, and ceaselessly dwelling between visible and invisible. They come to tell their story and then disappear in order to return and whisper my thought: “You are an angel too.” Their barely perceptional appearance, often gentle as a breath, evokes invisible strength which they possess and then devote it to us all as a concern for a fellow human being.

From the cycle “You are an Angel too” ©Janez Štros

They appear in emerging colours and reinterpret the painter’s moment, his inner atmosphere. Now bright, then dim, sunny and shadowy, materially concrete or transparent and soft. Their colouristic state is like a mirror of soul, it is the life itself.
The angel story is bound up in a cycle of 37 paintings. Each holds a piece of my most intimate confession. The scope is not coincidental but deliberately determined and meaningful. It does not belong to some general symbolism but to the artist’s world of personally selected symbolic meaning.

How would you define art?

“Great works of art come either from great joy or great pain,” says an unknown author. This very truth interconnects my latest oeuvres. With these works of art, I ceased in my instant and through my language of art dedicated my emotions to the paintings.
With my own creative energy and own temper, I make steps into the distinctiveness and reache across borders of conventionalism and beyond established fine art culture. From the outside, my painting is distinctive and authorially unique, colourfully concrete and forceful whereas from the inside it is subtle, lyrical, and full of latent contents. It is the kind of art that binds my inner being with the outer world.
So whenever a sensitive eye strolls the surface of my paintings, it witnesses the deepness of art space charged with emotions.

From the cycle “You are an Angel too” ©Janez Štros

Which artists do you admire?

An interesting question. I especially admire the people I meet, each of us is like an artpiece, unique in its own way.

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