"Always to the beyond you fly, lonely soul,
and with me you don't stop your way.
Are you grieving or rejoicing, my bright twin?
Do you rejoice or you die?
Tired of the endless threshing,
now you stand leaning on a sheaf of gold.
You have forgiven yourself and me, you are dreaming of the slowly ending summer..."
The author's recognizable pastel compositions with delicately distinguished objects and people, created especially for his presentation in the gallery, are united under the motto "Autumn". The philosophically explored theme of autumn in the life and annual cycle is a sense of mystery, evoking the viewer's intellect, his associative thought and his senses for the joy of life and the small details that make sense of the day. For the current exhibition, the artist has expanded his lyrical autumnal ballad with several large-format compositions, several portraits, several easel canvases and bronze sculptures, summarizing his artistic and philosophical personality.
Recognized not only as an artist, but also as a lyricist, Ivan Obretenov "writes" poetically on the white canvas with pastel tones, handling both soft warm and cold complex shades equally well, enriching us with Ivan's ocher, a warm gray and the vibrant blend of carmine and roasted sienna. The sense of gentle jazz and masculine haiku in color is emphatic and convincing from every canvas of his. Obretenov is a master of minimalist expression, skillfully mixing halftones and precisely placing masks. He seeks and creates images and emotions in the gentle collision of several colors, where the warmth of the day and the coolness of the morning or evening meet. His paintings are like colorful pictorial conversations that do not give answers to the provoked questions, but ask them with the expressive means of color and the simplified composition with stroke-specific details. They provide the opportunity for the viewer's free consciousness and imagination to define them, feel them, make sense of them, find the story, so that everyone can be enriched, feel their bliss from the achieved balance of velvet colors. Paints flow into each other, penetrate, interact, but never in conflict, complement each other, support each other until they begin to act as a whole. As if the bright dominant spots, the soft background with almost imperceptible halftones flow smoothly into each other and each contains a little of the other in a harmonious coexistence. And in this seemingly completely abstract composition, the artist brings our consciousness back to reality through the characteristically stylized human figures, animals or everyday objects that allude to a specific event or story. He does not consider the portrait as a documentary realism, but as a condition, a living presence. Obretenov seeks to recreate the character of the object, its radiance, even with just a few strokes, masks and vaguely perceptible similarities that breathe life and mood into the image.