Marjan Gumilar. Paintings and Drawings

10. 9. 2009 – 5. 11. 2009

The current paintings of Gumilar, the cycle Macchie, reflect his new interest. The painter focused on the organism, the structural body processes, which cannot be seen with the naked eye. In such a context, it is not surprising that the artist’s work is reminiscent of a microscopic view, where the focus lies on the body. Therefore, the allusion of the cell as a fundamental and functional unit of life is appropriate since the cells – similar to the constellations of Gumilar’s work – function as open systems. They represent an active place where the substances incessantly change. But the color stains do not imitate the cell anatomy, the live tissue or anything that maintains a constant shape, but are mimetic in a different way. It appears that the circular shapes materialize the laws of nature and organizational principles – microsystems that keep us alive, where the chaos seems to be in order, where there is consistency in the difference..

                                                                                                                                                  Nadja Gnamuš


Marjan Gumilar

Marjan Gumilar was born on the 24.3.1956 in Murska Sobota. He graduated at the Akademija za likovno umetnost (Academy of fine arts) in Ljubljana in 2002, his mentor was the recognized painter Gustav Gnamuš. Between 1987 and 2007 Marjan Gumilar worked as an independent artist in Ljubljana. During this period he was travelling and educating himself in France, Germany, the USA and Estonia. Since 2007, Gumilar lectures painting at ALOU in Ljubljana.