This new collection by Self-taught American artist Branko Paradis, revives his previous experience with reverse painting from Croatia.  Paint is applied in layers to the reverse side of the glass/plexi.  Beginning with the smallest details, layers of paint are gradually added, until the entire reverse side is completed and dry.  The finished painting is then viewed from the unpainted side. This is extremely laborious and time-consuming work, especially when there so many details, as in Paradis' work.  These imperfect photos were taken through the surface, which is highly reflective.  All originals are framed and ready to hang.  Frames can be removed, and replaced with your own choices.  For photos of originals with the actual frames, please contact Paradis.

 

BUTTERFLY. Reverse Oil Paint on Glass.  16 in. diam. (c)

BUTTERFLY. Reverse Oil Paint on Glass.  16 in. diam. (c)

 

Branko Paradis, an American, Self-taught, Naive artist, was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1942.  He began to paint at age eleven, and has never had any art training.  Growing up, he loved everything American, and his only dream was to come to America.  In the late 60's, he was part of the second generation of Croatian Naive artistts. In 1970 Paradis was ready, and finally arrived in New York  in 1970.    

In 1972, the Director of Galerie St. Etienne on W. 57th St., having heard about Paradis' work in Europe, invited him to join a major exhibition featuring the artists of the Naive movement in Croatia.  This show brought Paradis further recognition.  This inspired his first one-man show at Hammer Galleries  from 1977-78--a turning point in his life as an artist in the USA.

Paradis' themes and subjects have been varied.  Vivid memories of snow and peasants remain with him, and he continues to paint them.  In the late 1990s, he directed his energy to his unique naive African animals.  Also, his love for the USA appears often in many of his works.  Most recently, his 2016 collection of reverse oil paintings brings him full circle to  his original roots.  Branko Paradis' work has been collected and enjoyed by many.  

Studio visits are welcomed.  For questions or comments, please contact Paradis.

NEW!  REVERSE OIL PAINTINGs ON GLASS & PLEXIGLASS


A selection of work

 

ALL IMAGES (c) 2017 BRANKO PARADIS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO REPRODUCTION IN ANY FORM WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE ARTIST.

ALL IMAGES (c) 2017 BRANKO PARADIS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO REPRODUCTION IN ANY FORM WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE ARTIST.