The Tate Modern collection includes ‘Deposition’ (1986) – a series of 12 black-and-white inkjet prints by Josip Vaništa with images of three middle-aged men carrying a painted canvas through a snow-covered, wooded landscape. Croatian artist Vaništa is a master of monochromatic contrasts – white on white, white on black, white on grey and so on….
Here at the Mayor Gallery someone has drawn an invisible line across all the walls into which all Vaništa’s paintings on ‘The Horizontal Line’ have to fit. One slip and perfection will be lost! The atmosphere is almost spiritual – a little like Rothko in Tate Modern a mile or so away. So, if you are a collector and considering buying one of these paintings, you need to buy more and to place them in a room on their own. These simple, perfect and spiritual works need the perfect setting to show them to best advantage…..