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BANE
MILENKOVIĆ

“Everything is somehow waggling and irregular but then again colouristically totally balanced.”

Moved perspectives of Dalmatian towns, motives of the boats with exaggerated steam coming out, houses by the sea, Mediterranean but also tropical plants, gardens with unusual vegetation, motives of the empty interiors with vases and chairs, rich colours…

The handwriting of Bane Milenković, one of the artists belonging to Croatian Art Market, is impossible not to notice. His picture of the world is specific and unique; except the perspectives are moved, gravity doesn’t exist at all. There isn’t any determination of time, too.

Everything is somehow waggling and iregular but then again colouristically totally balanced.It’s not strange that there is a special name for this kind of world – Baneology. He grew up in Vojvodina, impressed with a plain and horizont. Since he is a painter of colorit, the colours, tastes and smell of Mediterranean speak out from his paintings.

His paintings are either entirely playful with color, or meditative, those painted almost monochrome (for example, different shades of blue and a small boat in the upper corner of the image), it all depends on his mood.

He has got a strong temper, it is shown on his paintings. Always in a hurry, his phone rings, a bit neurotic…With all that urgency, at first sight, he looks like a broker or journalist, doesn’t seem like someone who creates in a privacy of his atelier. He paints every day, an average working day, he believes that continuity and working habits are very important for an artist.

He sails. His journeys to Thailand or Cuba, China or India leave a mark on his art. He likes to cook, his atelier is a favourite meeting place. That fine hedonism also reflects on his painting.

Bane is one of the most sociable artists. But on the other side, with the exceptions, there’s no human figure on his pictures. It seems like nobody lives in these houses, nobody welcomes the passengers from the long distance sea trips. Because of that he often draws the dogs and also models the sculptures with the dog motives.

Since his early childhood, from the moment he took the crayon, he knew he would be a painter: “I am lucky I work for pleasure, and the audience has the positive feedback. People like emotional paintings which can be recognized. It is important if the painting shines or not” he says.