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On the occasion of the celebration of the City Day, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by the famous Novi and Montenegrin painter, former resident of Herceg Novi, Anđelko Arnautović, will open at the Josip Bepo Benković Gallery in Herceg Novi, on 24 October.


Arnautovic was born on Cetinje 1935. years. He finished his art school in Split. He attended studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Nikšić (Department of Painting). He specialized in wall painting and interior design in Paris, "Ecole de Bozar". Winner of a grant from the Federal Ministry of Culture for the Improvement of Painting in Paris (France). He was engaged in artistic and pedagogical work in Herceg Novi.

He is a member of ULUCG, from 1963. god.


So far, he has exhibited in a number of solo and collective exhibitions in the country and abroad. He has won many awards for his work, the most important of which are:

- THE SIXTH HERZEGNOV WINTER SALON AWARD
- THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE 13 SALON. NOVEMBER CETINJE
- HERZEGO NEW MUSEUM AWARD
- AWARD OF THE CULTURE CENTER - CETINJE, AT 13 NOVEMBER SALON
- FONDAZ AWARD FINE IMPROVEMENT "MOJA PIJADA", for fine arts
- PRIZE OF THE FIFTH TRIENNA \ CONTEMPORARY DRAWING - SOMBOR
- PAINTING AWARD AT THE BARLETTI GALLERY (ITALY)

Art historian and art critic Milica Radulovic notes in her review of Arnautovic's work:

... The constant and inexhaustible fascination with the sea, the shells, the Woman, gives birth to a marvelous world of Arnautovic paintings, which always excites and invites thought. But this seemingly simple motivational orientation carries a much deeper and more substantive dimension to the artist's most personal experience of the World. Thus, the scenes of sea storms, abandoned and stranded boats, lonely fishermen in the open sea, become a close vision of the dramatic truth of Life itself. Guided by a strong understanding of inner turmoil and conflict, eternal effort and search, the artist in his own environment explores the various possibilities of their reflection and thus establishes new models of artistic values. This is evident also in the motives of the dead, where the cracked halves of despicable pomegranates carry the eternal idea of ​​vanitasao of transience and mortality as the only certain finality.

... Yet Arnautovic's painting is not a gloomy picture of the world. Naga women's bodies, clothed with shells as a secret, that seem exciting and unfathomable, reflect a true artistic fascination with beauty. With the special effects of light, which further confirms Arnautovic's sophisticated painting skills, one specific, subtle creative nerve, felt in every shade of color, is especially recognized here. A subtle and precise artistic gesture, she is even more noticeable in the drawing series, where again women's pursuits are the most common. The most prominent here is the line itself, sometimes heavy and strong, then soft and fibrous. By fine line modulation, a discreet tone of enigma or melancholy is achieved. The shell motif, in addition, is an inspiring starting point for both the artistic 'treatment' of the form itself and its symbolic value.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by renowned set designer painter Zoran Jokic and will be open until 08.November.