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Dusan Djukaric, watercolor belgrade, Venice, Prague
Dusan Djukaric is a Serbian painter whose muted, atmospheric watercolors poetically capture the moods of his native Belgrade, along with those of Venice, Prague and other European cities.

Djukaric often seeks out subjects involving water, misty conditions and rain-wet streets, which are well suited to his approach to watercolor. He contrasts controlled, sharp edges with areas in which multiple colors are allowed to run freely wet into wet.

He employs a muted palette, at times almost monochromatic, to emphasize mood and atmosphere, accented with higher chroma passages.

I learned about Djukaric through James Gurney, who pointed out this passage from one of Djukaric’s lectures:

The Chinese thought that watercolour is the most valuable and the most difficult artistic technique and they had the utmost respect for it. The most famous Chinese watercolour paper is called CHEN HSIN TENG, which means “a lobby for clearing one’s mind,” and really, I do not know of a more precise definition of this painting technique.

Djukaric’s work will be on display in a solo exhibition at Grey Gallery in Luasanne, Switzerland from 4 June to 4 July 2015.


12 responses to “Dusan Djukaric”

  1. What beautiful work.

  2. karl kanner Avatar
    karl kanner

    very zbukvic-esque, which is to say gorgeous

    1. Yes, I agree.

      (For the benefit of other readers, here is my 2009 post on Joseph Zbukvic.)

  3. How beautiful are they!!!. excellent art works.

  4. Etrigan Avatar

    Charlie, I live in Lausanne! I’m definitely going to see this. I’ve read your blog for years, enjoying the art on the screen. Now, thanks to you I’m going to see a real live exhibition. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have known this talented artist was coming to my city. Your blog is a national treasure, and I hope you keep it up for years to come. Thanks a million.

    1. That’s great. I’m always glad when my exhibition notices are useful! I would love to see the show myself, but Lausanne is definitely not in my neighborhood (grin).

  5. Beautiful paintings and very lively… the rains wet streets and misty climate are well represented. I am gonna explore more on this blog. Djukaric has showcased his legendry work by recreating his own native street.  Wowww it’s awesome!

  6. Gayle Havens Avatar
    Gayle Havens

    Does anyone know if there is an article, youtube demo, video etc, that provides insight into Dusan Djukaric’s materials and painting process. I haven’t been able to find a single one.

  7. On Dusan’s own site there is a link to an interview he had for “Pratique des Arts” magazine, which explains his technique. It’s in French though.


  8. Dusan Djukaric is a great painter! I love your watercolors!

  9. Amarendra Pathak Avatar
    Amarendra Pathak

    Gorgeous and so loose!I wish one could see more of his demonstrations.Let me know if any demo.VCDs or downloads are available for payment

  10. You’re so creative, absolutely unusual, funny, interesting and unique ideas for artwork, such great work.