In memory of my father
My father (13 March 1930 – 25 May 2003) was the person whum remember … always with good things … and hopefully whum long remember. In his memory publish here excerpts from articles in various newspapers and magazines.
For years, the artist Christo Ivanov ambitious and relentlessly develops its former dream – ceramics. Closed in the cozy little studio in Malki Chiflik, he allowed a few friends to “sanctuary” seek the views and support them, enjoys courage who gave them those devoted unbiased.
Showed small exhibitions in the Aula of the University in Sofia, saw resonance, looked around and went on the road marked of conquered. So urge his fertilized by longtime creative work, find an adequate expression in the exhibition opened in the halls on “R.Mihaylov” Str. in Veliko Tarnovo until 30 December, which is an event in the cultural life of the city!
About 100 superior pottery with high artistic merit has created the master’s hand. Mastered the lessons of tradition, mastered the technology and not least animated, he also stands today, in my humble opinion, one of the grand master in our national ceramic school.
This success does not come by accident. Hristo Ivanov graduated from the National Art Academy in 1966 with Professor Alexander Poplilov. Over 27 years teaching fine arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts at University. Setting it to sgraffito pottery comes from student days, when to work means to teaching, he painted every summer archaeological finds in the museum in Haskovo, among which there are many ceramics.
Later purposefully goes Troyan region – rich in ancient and contemporary ceramics, specializing in the Institute of Applied Arts in Lvov (Ukraina) where is the Department of Ceramics. His influence also have specializations in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Germany.
Future Ceramic enriches him knowledge by communicating with known experts from Veliko Tarnovo Museum Bogdan Sultov and Atanas Pisarev that show and interpret the regal dining sgraffito pottery. Clarifies and general, and the difference in traditional Bulgarian schools of Pliska, Preslav and Tsarevgrad Tarnovo, distinctive Businci‘s school and a civil Troyan ceramics.
In Assen Neighborhood thoroughly examine the technology improves its stages, from the east of majolica and baking her cookies to her skirts with glazes, then engraved and finally glazing. Especially beneficial is its proximity to Associate Professor Nichola Gelov with some of his colleagues ceramists who advise and encourage.
Hristo Ivanov so steeped in the tradition of ceramic form and its technology stands thematically based on medieval manuscripts XIII-XIV century Bulgarian Papers.
Among scholars, educators, and zoomorphic ornamental letters in his exhibit widely and ably advocated the central composition with ornamental frieze.
Cross, geometric center, alloys and unifies the structure, but suggests spiritual and Christian home, companion and inspirer of the national tradition.
The logic of linear rhythm in harmony with the rich variations of colorful ideas and those deep, earth, gold and green, shaded values each item in turn unique. The variety of techniques and compositional assemblages contain color warmth of a modern artist, duration of strong tradition in ceramic tableware.
In materials Georgi Kostov
PhD in Art History