Simic, Damir

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  • Nicole
  • £396.00
  • giclee on paper with mount
  • 660 x 890mm
  • edition of 195

About the artist

The story of Damir Simic's rise to artistic fame is a remarkable and rapid one. While he showed some artistic promise as a child it was not until 2001 that he was convinced by his wife that he had any real artistic talent at all. He enrolled in a drawing course in the same year in Zagreb and was so successful that he was accepted at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence the following year. This was a massive turning point in his life, a decision that was to take him from a businessman to a full time professional artist.
Success and fame were to follow rapidly. Over the last few years he has won a string of awards and honourable mentions in many competitions and is now a celebrity in his home country of Croatia. He often makes radio and TV appearances and obtains fees of an incredible ?150,000 for his life size portrait commissions.
His method of painting is quite remarkable for modern times. His charcoal nudes are painted from real life and take at least 4 weeks to complete. The model is present through the entire process and no photographic reference is used. His training in Florence has given him a fabulous grounding as a fine artist, using old techniques and the very finest materials. His charcoals are drawn on extremely rare hand-made Florentine cotton paper using the very finest French charcoal.