Sydney-based modern artist Loribelle Spirovski draws on her Filipino and Yugoslavian background in her surrealist contemporary art paintings, with each body of work expressing a fascination with the human form and psyche. I Lobo You is absolutely head over heels by this portrait art, it is whimsical, beautiful and totally leaves it open for interpretation.
Though citing varied influences such as Francis Bacon’s claustrophobic spatial relationships, David Lynch’s dreamlike surrealism, and Olivier Messiaen’s static musical tones, Spirovski notes her own inner conflicts were the earliest, most formative influences on her modern art.
“In my practice, I have found that portraiture enables me to reflect through the sitter, who becomes a conduit for both their own anxieties, as well as mine. My practice is an attempt to externalize internal conflict, contrasting movement and stillness to create an unsettling effect, evoking a surreal and dreamlike quality,”says Spirovski about her portrait art.
Her art paintings are diverse, from Surrealist interior scenes to minimalist figurations and highly rendered portraiture. Consistent throughout is her use of fluid lines in her portrait art combined with deliberate negative space, representing both the energy of her subjects and her own inner monologue.
On Spirovski’s contemporary painting pieces, her dreamscapes are at once familiar yet slightly unnerving, feeding into themes of mental health and anxiety.