Symbolistic imagery May 22 2015

One of the artists exhibiting at this year's The Little Picture Show is European artist Mitko Zhelezarov.  Mitko was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1966 and studied at the Pedagogic Colleges of Fine Art, Bulgaria in 1988.

Mitko gives expression to his ideas and emotions using abstract and symbolistic imagery. His creative pursuit is intimate, specific and carries the power of suggestion. He prefers to use vivid expressive colours with complex and soft shades to create ambitious, bright imagery.  


Mitko draws on the old traditions of Christian Iconographic painting, recreated in a contemporary and up-to-date manner. Major symbols used in his work include keys, hearts, chalice, numbers, letter, eyes and fish.   His sole thought, when he finalises a painting, is to carry the positive feeling of life that people can take with them.

image (above) : Keyhole, Acrylic on Canvas, 50 cm x 40 cm, £495
image (right):Sailing, Acrylic on Canvas, 60 cm x 50 cm, £695
image (below):The Boat, Acrylic on Canvas, 61 cm x 51 cm, £695