From September 2020 to March 2021 Milan followed CoVid restrictions and stayed at home, walking and drawing locally in places within seven miles of home. In the studio he painted small works in acrylic on canvas or board, derived mainly from these walks. I’ve put a selection in the Gallery:‘Keeping local’: paintings 2020 – 2021 . There’ll be some more on the new GavaganArt website which is coming online soon: I’ll blog again when it is launched.
Restrictions have kept us close to home these last two months, so we have been out to familiar local places, Milan finding new compositions to capture the experience, and developing them into pictures at home.
Here’s the announcement of the opening of the exhibition:
_______________ Milan Ivanič From the Elbe to the Lune 9 November – 21 December 2019
Image: Milan Ivanič Autumn. Oil on canvas. You and your friends are invited
to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition.
Saturday 9 November 2019
12 noon – 3 pm OPENING HOURS After 9 Nov, the gallery will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays,
11 – 4pm, until 21 Dec
Milan Ivanič has lived in Lancaster since 1986 when his wife Roz started working at Lancaster University. Originally from the former Czechoslovakia, Milan had a formal art school training in Prague, at the Hollar School of Art and the prestigious Prague Academy of Fine Arts.
Milan has immersed himself in the landscape of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria and for thirty years he has been out almost every day, drawing and painting. The River Ribble flowing through the limestone dales in Yorkshire and the River Lune in Lancashire, regularly feature in Milan’s paintings.
We go to the Bullbeck car park at least once a week, to walk along the river and the disused railway there. The Lune at Bullbeck (in GALLERY) is a selection of Milan’s work from those walks, and some are from the car park itself. We always eat at the excellent fast food hut there; Milan works on drawings while I order. Several of these pictures will be shown in an exhibition at the GavaganArt Gallery in Settle, 9 November – 21 December 2019.
Milan will have some paintings in the ‘Art of Music’ exhibition, starting next Friday, 13 Sept. (see details below). They will be selected from this picture of the piano tuner who came to our house while Suzanna was learning the piano, and the paintings of three musicians below. Milan drew them from the auditorium while they were playing, and painted them in the studio in the following days.
There will be works by over 30 artists in the exhibition. If you live locally, do come to the Opening, or on any Friday or Saturday until 19th Oct.
We stayed in Oasis de Nazaret, near Teguise, with John and Erica Malaiperuman for eleven days. We were at a villa with a magnificent view of Las Montañas del Fuego in Timanfaya National Park. We went to our usual favourite places: the Jardin de Cactus, the Museo de Agricola – el Patio, Cesar Manrique’s home and studio, La Caldera de los Cuervos, El Golfo, the small fields where farmers are cultivating the edge of the lava flow, and of course, the volcanoes themselves. And the villa has a heated pool!
Milan went with ideas of paintings he would like to develop when he came home. He took only A5 sheets of paper, pencils and watercolours with him. With these he did 76 little paintings while we were there, and came home with a lot more ideas for paintings than he had when he set out.
The exhibition is at the King Street Studios, Lancaster. There are 50 paintings and drawings in the exhibition, ranging from early work dated 1969 while Milan was at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, to a wide variety of recent work. The landscape associated with the River Lune and its estuary into Morecambe Bay feature in many of the paintings and drawings.