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PAINTING IS DEAD ....
LONG LIVE PAINTING.


FEAR - Oil on canvas 3m x 3m

The End of Painting 


Painting is...docta ignorantia... a “learned ignorance” or a way to be lifted into ultimate knowing without directly striving for it. Painting is coincidentia oppositorum, as it consists of “coincidence & opposites” which merge into union and totality. Painting is destilled thinking, crystallized symbol or ideogram which brings the new meaning. Painting unites the intangible and incorporeal with experienced and ritualistic. Painting draws its power from philosophical and ontological, revealing  the most distant and disconnected states of existence.

- Painting has died because painters forgot what painting is about.



Painting is ritual, prayer, sacrifice and devotion.


Painting is not imitation of reality.


Painting is the evidence of artist’s presence.


Painting opens a portal to the unseen.


Painting keeps the secrets.


Painting is not concerned about paint.


Salvation through sacrifice


Acheiropoieta (Byzantine Greek: ἀχειροποίητα, "made without hand"; singular acheiropoieton) — also called Icons Made Without Hands (and variants) — are Christian icons which are said to have come into existence miraculously, not created by a human.

In the old days, before darkness wrapped the Earth, artists used their arts to worship the Light. Every step of art making served only one purpose: to purify the soul. Firstly, artist was supposed to prepare a surface for the sacrifice, made out of skin glue and white chalk. Polished with hand, gesso would become smooth and hard like a bone. Then, he would grind, filter and clean pigments, until they achieve their purest hues. Pigments will be mixed with egg emulsion, symbolizing unification with the Sun. Coloured emulsion would be applied with soft sable brush using gentle gestures. White gesso would absorb and intensify luminous transparency of colours that will never be mixed in between themselves, but laid devotionally on each other.

Acheiropoieta: an image would appear miraculously as a reflection of the artist’s soul.















Vjeko Sager
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