Joro Petkov

Artists Statement

Painting has always been an essential part of who I am. As far back as I can remember I have been fascinated and inspired by the forms and colors of nature. I work from the conventional observation of a place but my landscapes are definitely reinvented realities. Both the abstract works and the landscapes explore the drama between the light and dark of the outside world and that within.

Technique

He creates his paintings using a variety of classical techniques. His works on canvas are executed mainly in oil while his works on paper rely on a quicker drying acrylic paint. The colors are blended extensively throughout, with each piece being worked through a series of semi-transparent applications. Instinct dictates the number of applications that are applied to each piece. Although his landscapes can be related to real spaces, a marked degree of imagination is required to adapt the image to suit the vision. Color selection and tonal values often play an important part in transferring the scene to the canvas.

The overall effect is a wonderful contemporary composition that is executed with all the care and detail of an old world painting.

Biography

Joro Petkov was born in 1960 in the small Bulgarian town of Tchiprovtzi. It is a town renowned for its unique style of carpet design, subsequently many distinguished artisans call Tchiprovtzi home.

In 1973, already determined to make his mark as an artist, Joro moved to Sophia, Bulgaria, where he attended the prestigious Ilia Petrov School of Fine Art. After graduating in 1981, Petkov enrolled at the Nikolai Pavlovich Academy of Arts where he concentrated on various printmaking techniques until his graduation in 1986.

Upon graduation, Petkov accepted a general art teaching position at Petar Parchevich High School in Sophia. He continued in that capacity until 1991, when he resigned his post to pursue his art career on a full-time basis.

In the late 1980’s, Petkov decided the time was right to travel, he made his way to the island of Malta where he made a living by painting beach scenes. In 1992, he immigrated to Canada where he settled in Ontario.

Petkov set up a printmaking studio and began producing editions, he quickly established himself as a talented and versatile printmaker. Alongside printmaking, Petkov continued to paint. Influenced by Canadian and American artists, he developed a wonderful Impressionist style of landscape painting. As his landscapes gained popularity his focus completely shifted to painting.

Petkov is constantly experimenting with color and form; this has allowed him to create an expressive, yet somewhat abstract form to his landscapes. The abstract element in his work is a way of getting away from reality and of expressing his artistic sensibilities.

His career is flourishing and his work is represented in galleries throughout Canada and the United States.