Selected works by Jelena Bulajic

Jelena Bulajic
Ljubica

2012

Mixed media on canvas

270 x 200 cm

The human face, with all its softness, contortions, wrinkles and sags, is the subject matter of Jelena Bulajics’ minutely accurate paintings. Each canvas is filled with the faces of people she spots in the street, or encounters in daily life, whose character, look, or empathy catch her interest.

Jelena Bulajic
Alise Lange

2013

Mixed media on linen on MDF

29.7 x 21cm

She herself is unable to pinpoint the criteria for her selection: It may be that I am attracted to the human ‘map’ contained within a face, and the layers of its skin – a bodily margin that bridges the distance between the inner and the outer.

Jelena Bulajic
Grozda

2014

Acrylic polymer emulsion, marble dust, ground granite, ground limestone, kaolin, graphite, charcoal

320 x 237 cm

This is the appeal of her work, the flesh as thinly containing a soul, a spark of animation within. Her play with scale, some canvases are smaller than life-size others are huge, allows her to manipulate the intimacy with which we view her subjects.

Jelena Bulajic
Alise Lange

2014

Acrylic polymer emulsion, marble dust, ground granite, ground limestone, kaolin, graphite, charcoal

320 x 237 cm

I am trying to find a scale that demands a particular intimacy of proximity, and brings the viewer to an actual or illusional ‘kissing distance’ to the face of the other depicted in the painting, or even acts as an invitation to touch the surface / skin of the painting. What is striking about her choice of subject matter in this day and age, is its elevation of the elderly to beautiful object of contemplation. Our own youth-obsessed culture little allows for the elderly to be present in the media, something Bulajic is keenly aware of, whilst sincerely maintaining that these are the faces that simply draw her in.

© Natasha Hoare, 2015

Jelena Bulajic
Jermenac

2016

Mixed media on linen on MDF

30 x 22 cm

Jelena Bulajic's Biography

Jelena Bulajic
Born in 1990, Vrbas, Serbia
Lives and works in Serbia and London, UK



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2017
Jelena Bulajic, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany

2016
Collision, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London, UK

2014
Museum Collection of Cultural Centre of Vrbas, Vrbas, Serbia

2013
Old Age Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade
Old Age Likovni Susret Gallery, Subotica

2012
Old Age Nadežda Petrovic Gallery,Cacak
Portraits Gallery of the Association of Visual Artists of Vojvodina, Novi Sad

2011
Mladi dolaze Platoneum Gallery, Branch of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Novi Sad


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2016
Wasted Time, Ferenczy Museum Centre Art Mill, Szentendre, Hungary
I Prefer Life, The Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Champagne Life, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2015
New London Figurative, Charlie Smith london, London, UK
Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2014
Premonition, Blood, Hope: Art in Vojvodina and Serbia 1914 – 2014, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Saatchi’s New Sensations and The Future Can Wait, Victoria House, London, UK
BP Portrait Award 2014, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
Travelled to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Sunderland and Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
The open west 2014, The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham, UK
Culture Escape: Toward a Better World, Galerie Nest, Geneva, Switzerland
Young Gods, Charlie Smith london and The Griffin Gallery, London, UK. Curated by Zavier Ellis

2013
Young, Niš Art Foundation Art Gallery of Philip Morris Operations, Niš
The Little Prince Foundation Finalists Exhibition Multimedia Centre of Academy of Arts, Novi Sad

2012
Perspectives 11 Art Klinika, Novi Sad
Perspectives 11 Srem Museum, Sremska Mitrovica
Differences SKC Factory, Novi Sad
Undergraduate Research Symposium Centennial Student Union Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Russian Portrait Competition School of Fine Arts, Obninsk

2011
Umêni Pádu: The Art of Fall Conkling Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kotor Art Kotor Fortress, Kotor
XIV INTERBIFEP (International Biennial Festival of International Gallery of Portrait, Tuzla Portrait, Drawings and Graphics)
Palette of Youth Art Gallery of Cultural Centre of Vrbas, Vrbas
Palette of Youth Most Gallery, Novi Sad
XVIII Exhibition of Drawings Cultural Centre of Šabac, Šabac
Young, Niš Art Foundation Art Gallery of Philip Morris Operations, Niš
Young, Niš Art Foundation Gallery of Niš Art Foundation, Belgrade
Young, Niš Art Foundation Gallery of Matica srpska, Novi Sad

2010
XVI Exhibition of Aquarelle Cultural Centre of Šabac, Šabac
VIII Biennial of Portrait Cultural Centre of Šabac, Šabac
Interim Photography Show Photo, Cinema and Video Association of Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Differences, in co-production with INFANT SKC Factory, Novi Sad (International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre) Differences, in co-production with INFANT University Library Svetozar Markovic, Belgrade (International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre) Visual Elements Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, Novi Sad