Big Lake – 200x100cm
Oil on linen – stretched
Textural landscape painting
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Miodrag began his art career in a picture framing workshop – It was in this workshop that he experienced handling of original Australian Contemporary Artworks. He was privy to the artists work before they hit the gallery walls. The artists whose work was being framed were predominately from Powell Street Gallery , including Jan Senberg, Alan Mittleman, Ian Parry, Roslyn Pigott, John Campbell, Peter Booth, Peter Ellis, Rick Amor, John Kelly, John Cattapan, John Robinson, John Walker and eventually himself.
Miodrag holds the dubious honour of being the last show before Powell Street Gallery went down the gurgler along with numerous other galleries in the early 90’s. Fast forward to 2000 and three children later Miodrag and his family moved from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula where he paints fulltime and plays music as his favourite past time. Jankovic likes to emphasise the divisions between forms not just with thick lines but also by abruptly changing the direction of his strokes. Like the choppy pools of scudding strokes which underline the conjunction of certain forms, these features all embody a weight of personal feeling. They almost make sincerity a tangible thing. While he wears his influences on his sleeve (elements of John Walker and Firth-Smith) Midodrag’s handling of paint demonstrates feeling and accomplishment.