Jelena Antić is a Reykjavík, Iceland-based visual artist who originally hails from Belgrade, Serbia. Antić, who’s held seven solo exhibitions, holds a Master’s degree in Painting, Monumental painting, Mosaic, and Contemporary Art from the University of Serbia and is a member of the Icelandic Association of Artists (SÍM).
Antić’s main form of visual expression is through painting but she rejects the general conventions of the medium choosing to avoid symbols or specific representations of objects or figures. Much like instrumental music without words or explanation, Antić’s work is best described as a visual representation of feeling both thoughtful and meditative. Her aim is for viewers to interpret her work as they see it—each of them is equally true and equally as important to all other interpretations, even her own.
Antić’s primary influences are abstract expressionism and abstract minimalism inspired by concepts of psychology, philosophy, and contemporary art theory. All her works exhibit a strong personal stamp, deeply influenced by her life and experience.
I think that aesthetics and intellect are the most powerful ways of communication and should not be underestimated.
Today, when art seems a bit lost over the concept, fight for the politic views or battles for human rights, I feel that I still can keep communicating with audience trough aesthetics, philosophical contemplation and emotionaltransfer. Sociological and political factors and it’s consequences are temporary, and it’s power and influence last only for a decade or two. But aesthetics and artistic value lasts for centuries, when all other circumstances being forgotten
Art can be revolutionary or innovative, and it certainly has power to change the world (people), move masses or just make you think or question over certain phenomenon. But this is not what defines art. Biggest power of art is that can last forever and has possibility to communicate with everyone without it’s context.
Art can be meditative and emotional.
Art is universal language.
2019 • Exhibition of paintings „Daydreaming“ – at the Grafiksalurinn, Reykjavik, Iceland
2017 • Exhibition of paintings „TRACES“ – at the SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
2014 • Exhibition of paintings „Ključne reči - Keywords“ - at Gallery of Municipality of Vračar, Belgrade, Serbia
2010 • Exhibition of paintings „NOEMA“– at Gallery “Stepenište” of Šumatovačka - Center of Fine Arts & Education, Belgrade, Serbia
2003 • Exhibition of paintings „Amnezija / Amnesia“ at Happy gallery of Students Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia
2001 • Exhibition of paintings „Slike prirode / Pictures of Nature“ at Gallery of PUC Belgrade Waterworks , Belgrade, Serbia
RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS:
2020 • January - Samslattur Exhibition of 9 Icelandic artists, Korpulfstadir Loft, Reykjavik, Iceland
2019 • October - TORG Listamessa 2019 – TORG Art Fair Reykjavik, Iceland
2019 • September - The Other Art Fair Los Angeles Barker Hangar, Santa Monica by Saatchi Art
2018 • TORG2018 - First Icelandic Art Fair, Reykjavik, Iceland
2018 • August - "THE ABSTRACT + FIGURATIVE SHOW" at Gallery 104, SOHO - New York, New York
2018 • May - “A Wicked Good Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art” by The Biennial Project digitally hosted as a guest of #00Bienal in Havana, Cuba
2018 • April - #BostonBiennial5 “A Wicked Good Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art” Presented by The Biennial Project @ Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS:
SOLO EXHIBITION, March 2020, SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR PARIS - 26-29. March 2020., Paris Expo, Paris, France
SOLO EXHIBITION, May 3rd 2020. , Korpúlfsstaðir Loftið, Reykjavik, Iceland