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The Shape of Light by Krasimir Bekyarov
February 9, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
We are delighted to welcome Krasimir Bekyarov’s wondrous creations to The Laneway Artspace for ‘The Shape of Light’, the second exhibition in our Summer/Autumn 2018 Season. Krasimir’s stunning stoneware and porcelain creations will star in a fully-illuminated exhibition that is certain to surprise and delight you when you visit.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Australia has been Krasimir’s home since 2015. His first encounters with ceramics occurred early in life, and at a very young age he was fascinated by this wonderful material, which can be transformed into the most unique shapes and patterns one could imagine.
In Krasimir’s words …
‘I left my home town at the age of 14 to study in the small Bulgarian town of Troyan, which is the capital of pottery arts and crafts in the country. I started my professional journey in the world of ceramics in the most renowned pottery crafts high school in Bulgaria, where I learnt the traditional wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques used in the entire Balkans region.
After graduation, I already knew that my professional path as an artist would be that of a ceramicist, so I continued my studies in the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, where I explored the material beyond its functional application in the context of modern contemporary art. I also rediscovered my passion for drawing and painting, which I later started to incorporate in my ceramic objects.
As an aspiring and dedicated young artist I participated in many competitions and won various awards, including a national art award presented by the Prime Minister of the country.
It wasn’t long before I realised that I had outgrown my desire to be recognised through awards and competitions, and focused entirely on my studio work, communicating with the public through exhibitions in some of the best galleries in the country. The highlight of these efforts came with the freedom to express myself through functional and sculptural artworks.
As a ceramicist, I am most attracted to the concept of minimal art. I like the immediate impact on the senses achieved by clear, pure form and colour. In my art, I combine this concept with the elemental softness of the ceramic material and its natural qualities.
My work thrives on the intersection of function, design, sculpture and fine art. I find it equally interesting to create functional objects as well as entirely sculptural artworks. My long-lasting passion is the creation of objects involving illumination, where I use the light as an additional means of expression.’