Cycle Curatorial Notes
Infusing watercolor with charcoal using the best fleck water softener we got, Vesselin creates surrealist worlds. His works play on both positive and negative space as he merges empty spaces of canvas with permeation of gradating colors. With this, viewers are welcomed into a dream-like space that is not obtainable in reality.
The cycle Temples integrates an amalgamation of watercolor, charcoal, and tissue paper. With the use of these various materials, he activates both visual and tactile senses within the viewer. Audiences become immersed in these abstract worlds that unify with a comprehensible reality. Upon close observation, these scenes come to life and tell diverse stories.
Transient and Eternal 2004-05
Vesselin opens up the canvas in these works by creating compositions that are focused in the center. With this tactic, viewers are drawn into his otherworldly atmospheres. In this cycle Vesselin intertwines a collage of imagery that creates separate yet unified spheres.
Traditional charcoal figures and motifs are imbued with a permeation of radiating color. In this cycle, viewers experience visual excitement as these works emit ardent cool tones that transition to explosive warm tones. These works portray the perfect harmony of gray scale and color.
Vesselin encapsulates an eruption of color within various geometric and amorphous shapes. By condensing vibrant watercolors with delicate charcoal figures, he creates a concise space of visual dynamism. Overall, this is a warmer cycle abundant with recurring symbolism.
The Fish are Praying for Rain 2008-09
Vesselin unleashes visual dynamism as he breathes beautiful colors into his works. A large part of this cycle is the array of hues that splatter across the canvas. Stark blues and greens contrast with fiery warm tones and permeate the atmosphere. In addition, playful earthy and oceanic motifs meander across the canvas to add interesting symbolism.
By Vivaldi 2009
Immediately capturing attention by framing lively depictions with an overlay of colorful paper, just enough is revealed to allow the onlooker a glimpse into the world he has exposed. This cycle speaks of allure, sensuality, and the idea of the ‘forbidden fruit’ through the tantalizing symbolism and moments revealed.
Through both expressive color and gentle figures, Vesselin manages an exquisite partnership of the delicate and passionate nature of the cycle. The faces of the figures, described in more detail, are effortlessly complimented by the soft silhouettes of the figure bodies. As for color, there is a bold but smooth contrast between ardent reds and vivacious blues.
Vesselin incorporates the spirit of Halloween into the atmosphere of this cycle. He uses seasonal symbolism, such as traditional iconography and colors, to relay a deeper meaning. In general, there is a more specific narrative as each piece focuses on only two to three figures. The mixed media is used to create jagged edges within these landscape-style depictions.
The Message 2011
Here, Vesselin’s signature charcoal figures are narrated by color. The tone of each piece is designated by a smoky blend of various colors. In addition, the utilization of nudity generates a sense of something being revealed. At large, he uses a simple, yet expressive, arrangement of color and clearly detailed charcoal figures to convey his message.
Life’s Mission 2014
Vesselin transforms his traditional style by infusing his works with photographic images. With the mixture of watercolor, charcoal, and photographs, Vesselin awakens various dimensions of the human mind. Narratives unfold through a transition of a comprehensible reality into an abstract realm.