|Waxing gibbous, 35" x 30", 2013|
Slovenian artist and oil painter, Gregor Smukovič grew up drawing, always hoping to become a professional painter. With family support, encouragement from teachers, and a dream to study at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Gregor persisted in creating a portfolio that received acceptance into the prestigious University. Gregor is a recent graduate with a BFA degree in painting, but his work has been developing and evolving even in the past year, both his ubjects and atmosphere.
|Female nude 8/10, 24" x 18", 2013|
Gregor's longtime desire for painting realism stems deep in his appreciation for the great master artists. His love of allegorical scenery, the details, brushstrokes and atmosphere are mirrored in his own work. Gregor's own subjects are often chosen by quick ideas and studies grabbed in a moment, often during the night; models are mostly people he knows.
Gregor believes in using good tools for his work, especially his brushes. He came upon Dynasty Brushes in an art supply store during his first year at the Academy in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In order to test which brushes worked for him, he purchased a few different types and found Dynasty's quality to be the best for his own painting. He explains, "I am really satisfied with quality of your brushes. I like that synthetic fibers on your brushes are harder than on brushes from other companies, and yet yours are very flexible to paint on hard classical prepared canvas. And what I love the most is that the old brushes that are really used, I can still use for blending." Quite often, Gregor uses smaller brushes for larger works, finding that he has more control in working over the surface and maximizing the detail he is able to achieve.
You can see the full range of brushes Gregor uses and his painting style in the time lapse video posted below.