Some paintings get lucky. They get more attention, they are more often used and published than others, the less lucky ones. I have to admit that it’s not crystal clear to me why it is so. Well, I presume that, generally speaking, it is because they are perhaps “better” than other pieces, whatever that “better” might mean. Apparently these lucky ones have a certain appeal and speak to the imagination of the public more vividly, or perhaps they have just hit the right cord and had a good timing. Sometimes the interest in a piece of art is of a temporary nature, and sometimes the image stays intriguing for many years to come. Perhaps we could say that some paintings have good karma, and some don’t, which does not necessarily mean that they are bad pieces of art.At the end, the Time will have the final word and will be the ultimate judge of the general quality, importance and will reveal the true character of the success of such an artwork.
However, The Rescuer might be seen as one of these lucky paintings. I must admit that, although I like this piece, it is not my favorite one. But this is nothing unusual. It is often the case that artists have a different opinion and feeling about their own pieces comparing to the opinion of the public.
The Rescuer has recently been published on the cover of a Serbian comic magazine.
They put it on the cover of IlluxConcepts 3 (Illuxcon 4 catalogue).
It was also printed as one the official Illuxcon 2011 posters.
This year it has been nominated for a Spectrum Award.
The Rescuer has been included in the most comprehensive exhibition on the fantastic art up to date, At the edge: Art of the Fantastic (curated by Pat and Jeannie Wilshire) in the AllentownArt Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. I must say that I am delighted by the fact that my little painting is hanging in the same exhibition together with the works of many of my artistic idols and “mentors” like William Blake, Gustave Dore, Alphonse Mucha, Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Howard Pyle, Franklin Booth, Dean Cornwell, William Russell Flint, JC Leyendecker, NC Wyeth, Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, Jeffrey Jones, Manuel Sanjulian, Brian Froud, Moebius, Bernie Wrightson, James Gurney, Greg Manchess, Donato Giancola, Phil Hale, Greg and Tim Hilderbrandt, John Howe, John Jude Palencar, Michael Parkes among many other brilliant artists.