13.04.2018. - 19.05.2018.

Đuro Seder, Cape of Good Hope (paintings and drawings)

Curator: Marijana Paula Ferenčić

Đuro Seder was born in Zagreb in 1927. He graduated in Painting from the. Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Professor Antun Mejzdi in 1951. He completed a painting specialisation course led by Professor Marino Tartaglia in 1953. After graduation he worked at the magazine Jugoslavenski radio as an illustrator and a copy editor, as well as at the publishing house Panorama and at the Marketing Agency – Vjesnik between 1968 and 1981, as a graphic designer. From 1981 to 1983 he worked as a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, from 1983 to 1987 he filled the position of Dean, while from 1987 to 1998 he worked as a tenured professor. After his retirement in 1998 he was awarded the status of professor emeritus. He has been a regular member of the Department of Fine Arts of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2000, while since 2011 he has been the head of the Croatian Academy Glyptotheque. He was a member of the art group Gorgona from 1959 to 1966. ln the 1960s and 1970s he published poetry in the magazines Razlog, Kolo, Forum and Republika, whereas in 1978 his collection of poetry Otac iz lonca (Father from the Pot) was published by Biblioteka, in Zagreb. He has been holding solo exhibitions since 1958. His works are exhibited at many national and internationalgalleries and museums, and part of private collections in Croatia and abroad.

Space of Possibilities – Field of Uncertainty

Đuro Seder's creative continuity from conceptual reflections to fine art realizations is the embodiment of the painting metier which gives him, each time in a different way, a new lease of life. It is the vehicle with which he confronts his inner-self, thereby changing his visual surrounding which affects the distortion of reality. He lives in a coloured and painted story, he exists within a world of artistic reality where he documents the unbearable lightness of being. With his aesthetic of creative reflection, he accepts art as an act of repeated understanding; where emptiness rules, he sees content which enables him to gain new artistic experiences.

He uses drawings for devising a treasure house of painting solutions to which he often returns, as well as for instinctual thoughts that remain recorded in traces, strokes, movements. The whiteness of the drawings thus becomes the light that beckons and reveals the traces of the author's introspections and impressions. It is in his drawings that Đuro Seder directly creates and communicates parts of his art world by which he truly lives. It is where he documents the fragility and transience of his stream of consciousness that brings that which is entirely intimate and inalienable.

He paints and draws self-portraits, urban and contemporary generic scenes, still life, as well as human (inter)relationships. By not escaping the grotesque and, at times, caricatural reality, Đuro Seder encapsulates the essence of his experience in the visual. The everyday life is here represented as the subject of universal situations, untethered from specific time or space. He thereby never ceases to communicate with the world and reality, thus making his work incredibly timely. Seder's expression is, more often than not, imbued with subtle humour accentuating human weaknesses and victories under everyday circumstances. With stylized artistic proportions of movement, volume, lines, mass and form, he creates a new kind of beauty which testifies about the absolute of visual images.

Đuro Seder halts the moment in time and wins against its transience, whereas the time of creation and the time of the created become the subjects of his artistic interest. In the everyday life is where he finds his inner purpose, testifying about the sacred and the spiritual. The universality of time and language speaks of self-obtaining life, where unfamiliar landscapes become recognizable and the unknown characters familiar.

Alongside observations and considerations, Đuro Seder sees and perceives as a painter and participates in the creation of existing and recalled scenes. He explores the themes of existential conditionality via an expression that is simultaneously emotional and material. The tireless vitality of his creative zest, with an almost child-like curiosity, exhausts psychological and aesthetic assumptions of artistic reality. It is dreary and vulnerable, claustrophobic and uncomfortable, tolerable, playful and accepted. Fathoming the essence of painting, he embodies its life-force through the honesty of his expression. He addresses himself and others through the materiality and vivacity of images, from the richness of colour to the painting spatiality of captured moments. Đuro Seder's strokes open up the space of possibilities which beckons painting into drawings and images, whereby the deposited paint and its thickness thus becomes the physical trace of being immersed in the field of uncertainty. (Marijana Paula Ferenčić)


The exhibition is financially supported by the City of Velika Gorica.

The program of Galženica Gallery is supported by the City of Velika Gorica, the Zagreb's County and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.