Gazmend Freitag, Linz, 2019. Photo: Johann Traunwieser What inspires an artist? A photograph by an Italian photographer found in a collection of old books. A woman that entices the mind and the heart. A black hat with a red ribbon. Together they add up to a lovely painting that exudes an aura of youth, playfulness and romanticism. The Albanian born painter Gazmend Freitag, who lives and works in Linz, Austria, is known for his colorful erotic paintings and his lovely portraits in pencil and pastels. Here he uses strong brushstrokes, complementary colors and a wonderful play of light to define the rather ethereal appearance of a young woman, who seems to try on the black hat as a source of strength and confidence. The casually held towel mirrors the red of the ribbon and serves as a counterweight. Text: Monika Grill Werbeanzeigen
GazmendFreitag: Als ich sie das erste Mal sah! 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 120 x 120 cm. Die erste Begegnung, der erste Blick.. wer hat ihn nicht erlebt, diesen Augenblick, in dem alles möglich scheint und die Welt wunderbar ist? In seinem Ölgemälde hält der Künstler Gazmend Freitag den Zauber und die Erwartung solch einer Begegnung fest. Leuchtendes Grün und Rot vermitteln ein Gefühl von unmittelbarer Lebendigkeit. Das in Licht getauchte Porträt der jungen Frau ist der Fokus und scheint von innen zu strahlen, liebevoll bewundert vom Künstler, der sich selbst in das Bild malt und seinen Gefühlen Ausdruck verleiht. Text: Monika Grill Photo: Johann Traunwieser
Gazmend Freitag: The first time I saw you! 2018, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm The first encounter, the first glance… we all know that special moment, when everything seems possible and the world is a wonderful place. Gazmend Freitag catches the magic and expectations of such a moment on canvas. Radiant Green and Red communicate a sense of immediate aliveness. The focus of the painting – the young woman- is bathed in light and appears to be glowing from within. To give expression to his feelings, the artist has put himself into the frame as an adoring observer, who tenderly reaches for his dream. Text: Monika Grill
Gazmend Freitag was born on the 25th of May in Pataqani i Poshtem in the Albanian part of Kosovo. He is a well known contemporary painter. Since 2004 he lives in Linz, Austria. 2013 and 2014 he attended the live nude drawing class with Annelies Oberdanner at the University of Arts, Linz. His work is full of life and uses strong brushwork and vibrant colors to put the focus on people and scenery. 01 — Baresha Oil portrait of an Albanian Baresha who is not as traditional as it seems.Colorful portrait of an Albanian shepherdess. She looks more like an Albanian princess than a shepherdess. I want to show that the most important thing in life is not what kind of work you do, but how happy it makes you. This picture has been selected for the 1st Biennale of Creativity in Verona in February 2014. 02 — The young Nadege What happens when an artist meets his muse? He becomes inspired and obsessed with by her presence and can’t stop painting day and night. The results are historical interpretations (“Baresha”) and a …
Gazmend Freitag, Albanian Painter. Photo: Elfriede Österle
Gazmend Freitag: Atelier 2, 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 120 x 100 cm
Gazmend Freitag: Faidherbe, 2017. Privatsammlung!
What happens when an artist meets his muse? He becomes inspired and obsessed with by her presence and can’t stop painting day and night. The results are historical interpretations (“Baresha”) and a vast collection of portraits that pay homage to their relationship. The painting of the young Nadége occupies a special place in this Pantheon of Inspiration. Executed in oil on premium canvas in the style of the Old Masters, it shows her at eighteen years on the threshold between girl and woman. The portrait is suffused with a dreamily erotic air and shows her looking with a touching mixture of insecurity and curiosity towards the uncertain and yet promising future.
Gazmend Freitag: Baresha, 2013, vaj në kanavace, 70 x 70 cm, koleksion privat Gazmend Freitag është një artist që njeh sekretet e figurave dhe i përdor për të prodhuar vepra të fakturave të larta. Në pikturë, në veçanti me portrete arrinë të përcjellë emocione të tërhequra nga vëzhgimi nga ajo që e rrethon, duke hapur dimensione të reja stilistike. Figuracioni i piktorit Gazmend Freitag jetë e kuptushme si një shfryrje e talentit dhe krijimtarisë së tij. Në fakt artisti paraqet mbi pikturë ripunimet e tija nga realja, duke vënë në dukje me theks të veçantë në fytyrat e portretëve. Sintaza e tij kompozicionale ndjek diktatet e mësimit të mënyrës dhe plotësohet me konsiderata të përshtatshme të cilat theksojnë romantikën. ********** Kritikë arti nga: Caterina Randazzo Nga italishtja në shqip: Leonora Buçinca
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