Български (България)

Painting Exhibition “Signs”
Ministry of Culture, ”Sredets” Gallery

Vassil Petrov’s paintings are complex not only technologically – with their saturated base layers, precise painting canvas and richness of valuers but of meaning as well. In his paintings rarely can we see subjects, simplified to one local theme, closed in one sentence. Even at first sight in his traditional still life, Vassil Petrov weaves the intrigue of a long, complex and absorbing story, full of fascinating adjectives, poetic details and startling reminiscences.
As far as his figure compositions are concerned, without any hesitation I can define them as “evocative magic”, in which calling spirits expresses high spirituality. To him painting does have ritual characteristic. It is a gesture, showing a deep anxious mind saturated with many layers and signs, which lead us through a picturesque labyrinth in whose windings we touch esoteric and mystic insinuations, poetical erotic and it seems that they emphasize what Hegel said - that the beautiful labels itself as a sensuous transfer of the idea. Maybe that is why the emotional and logical centre of this exposition is The Eye - a sign of both sensuous and intellectual mentality. The Eye is “the thirteenth sign”(Ophiuchus - The Spirit – Guardian) in Vassil Petrоv’s world of symbols. Here it is not closed in a triangle as in the traditional Christian (or Masonic) symbol but in a hardly discernible square as it is in the Taoist tradition of the Chosen Immortals - turned as much outward as inward, to self-cognition. Moreover in many cultures, depicting an eye without an eyelid is a symbol of the essence and cognition of God. Maybe that is why in the retina and the pupil Vassil Petrov’s The Eye gathers elements of the traditional and the Egyptian Zodiac, of the thirteenth sign - as a source of magic fluids and purifying light.
And why not reminding us that in the whole cultural diversity of the world the notion of God is one and eternal. Nowadays it is accepted to believe that according to the mystics our world is only a dream, whereas the real world is in the divine uniqueness. Therefore The Eye should be accepted in its double meaning - the one of reality and the one of source thus showing the over - existence of the deepest essence of God.
Avicenna interpreted the Eye as a “bilateral conception” in the sense of intuition, i.e. as an intuitive understanding of the superrational mystic truth. From Celt culture to the ritual mystic of Masonic beliefs the Eye is the physical point of view of the Sun whereas from the point of view of the stars - the Speech, the Divine Mind, the Creative Beginning.
However, looking intently at Vassil Petrov’s painting I think about something else, too- vision is Longing!
The Eye is what the woman we are to fall in love reveals to us. It keeps her image in us even when we tired of love close our eyes.

Associate Professor Dr Peter Zmiycharov