Critique II by Plamena Dimitrova-Racheva, Art Critic

Following the two major exhibitions in 2010, the retrospective exhibition at Varna City Art Gallery and Coloured Music Scrolls of Pictorial Worlds at the Ministry of Culture’s “Sredets” Gallery, this is the third show in which art connoisseurs can see a carefully  chosen selection of previously unseen works by the enigmatic artist Alexander Kaprichev. 

The intimate space of the gallery is vibrant with the artist’s abstract watercolours of varied sizes. They were created in Great Britain between 1999- 2002 while he had the opportunity to work in the artistic atmosphere of studios in Leicester and Birmingham.  

Developed “as the allusion to or impression of the experience of time lived or time as a continuous process” (in the words of the artist), Alexander Kaprichev structures space in his watercolours harmoniously within purely emotional and intellectual parameters.

The artist, constantly trying to pin down the resonant moment, expresses his artistic vision in a harmony of colour, line and the  cerulean, spatial geometries of shapes. In these series of watercolours he expresses complex, emotive and meditative dispositions. Some esoteric references can be spotted hinting at the author’s intimate familiarity with the semiotics of shapes and the symbolism of colours characteristic of the modernism of the last ten years.

Alexander Kaprichev’s watercolours,  left untitled by the artist, are imbued with an air of lavish improvisation, reminiscent of classical music, jazz, poetry or ballet – art genres of which he was both connoisseur and great admirer. The varied format of the exhibited watercolours introduces further diversity and a different rhythm of perception. We devote more time to some of them, while others strike an instant chord with us. In either case, they all transmit the pulsation of the intimate, truly universal and emotive experience of the artist.

The pictorial space of his abstractions is strewn with enchanting creativity and deep thought. At times his signature, A.Kaprichev, appears to float in an aura of colour, light, shadows and reflections and thus the abstract world justifies itself to become his unique artistic expression. The more dynamic compositions encode the expression and the inner rhythm of the emotion through free drawing and colour.

The selected works from the so called English period include some of the watercolours, shown at the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Artist in Watercolour, London. They are all significant and of great value as in them Sasho Kaprichev has furthered the exquisite skills and techniques of this fine genre in which the sense of colour and the hand of the master come together to achieve full poetic expression of the aesthetic suggestion. The artist enriches the pictorial texture by adding copper, gold, silver and bronze, and he occasionally emphasizes the colour lines with the bright hues of acrylics.  The brush lines move over the vibrant, washed surface of the colours on the soft paper, thus liberating our imagination.

So discernible is the world of each one of his pictures that while observing them, we feel at one with the artist and his work that impresses with its searching thought, modernist sensitivity and captivating inspiration.