van Dyk Gallery

Bruno Stern Zupan

Born 1939

Mr. Bruno Stern Zupan was born June 21, 1939 in Trboulje, Yugoslavia.  After intense training in commercial and fine art, he was graduated from the Art Institute in Zagreb, the cultural center of Southeastern Europe.  In 1961 he left Yugoslavia to continue his art education in Paris.

The three years he spent in Paris were at the same time difficult and rewarding.  During this period his individual style of painting was firmly established.  After constant experimentation he derived a technique which consists of a heavily textured background in rich color accented by a fine sketch.  His inspiration comes from two sources: the French School and nostalgia for his homeland.  He was the close friend and associate of many important French artists such as David Tusinski, Severini, and Paolo Polimeno.  In 1964 he made the acquaintance of an American connoisseur of art, Mr. Max Perl, who has since sponsored him in the United States.  With the help of Mr. Perl he has become known in many New York galleries.  Mr. Perl attended the opening of the exhibit.

Mr. Zupan's deep love for nature and people makes him fearful of war and suspicious of too much civilization.  However, he accepts the realities of contemporary life in his paintings.  he wishes to be an honest spokesman for his generation without abandoning his respect for antiquity.  He finds great beauty in Egyptian, Macedonian, and Byzantine frescoes.  His style is a compromise between the very old and the very new conceptions of form and design.

Mr. Zupan has held exhibitions in Zurich, Grois de Roi, Paris and Boston as well as the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, and the Greenville Museum of Art in South Carolina.  He was honored with a one-man exhibition in the Ecole de Paris Gallery in New York.

The word "palampore" means a printed or painted wall-hanging that was first seen in the fourteenth century in the region of Palampore, India.  These richly colored cotton tapestries became extremely popular in Renaissance Europe and the few remaining examples are carefully preserved in fine museums.

Bruno S. Zupan is a firmly established painter with a far ranging international reputation.  He has spent his life in pursuit of quality in art and living and has divided his time between Paris, Mallorca, Venice and the United States.

Mr. Ralph Hoisington, had developed a new method for silk screen printing which actually carried the technique back to its origin: the palampore technique of writing onto fabric.  Mr. Zupan met Mr. Hoisington through a mutual friend, a high official with Dan River Mills, located in South Carolina.  Mr. Zupan, a highly trained graphic artist, at once became aware of the possibilities of this medium.

Mr. Zupan has worked with Converse Studios to make the screens for each color of each serigraph with absolutely no machine interference of any sort.  He separates the colors of his highly complex drawings by tracing each one out on acetate film, and then he uses a light sensitive emulsion to transfer that color to the silk screen frame.  It is an excruciatingly lengthy process requiring up to 200 hours per image.  Mr. Zupan mixes the inks and supervises the printing of the artist's proofs before production is begun. As many as eleven color screens are used in a single print.

The serigraph is a palampore because it is fabric.  It can be framed in a traditional manner, sandwiched between two pieces of plexiglass, or simply hung on the wall as it the Renaissance Europeans did.  After printing is completed, each serigraph is carefully cut and hand finished with an attractive border which emphasizes the contrast between the fineness of the silk and the rough cotton canvas backing.

Mr. Zupan has prepared a portfolio of ten large images (28x32 inches) and several smaller ones (14x16 inches) loosely related in a mythological context.  His monumental "Trojan Horse" and "Temple of Heroes" speak out against war and man's vain efforts to attain immortality.  The sensuous and romantic "Wedding Couple" reflects memories of his childhood in Yugoslavia, as does the "Four Seasons".  His "Voyage to Venice" and "Flying Island" are invitations to freedom and discovery.  the "Two Birds in Spring" is a tribute to the richness and profound attraction of nature...of spring itself and rebirth.  The "Mediterranean Island" is a symbol of continuing human existence...agrarian, peaceful, unaggressive.  The whole portfolio is a statement for love, simplicity and the peaceful integration of human relationships.

Bruno Stern Zupan was inducted into the Societe des Artistes Francais in July of 1976.  Zupan is one of the few artists in the world who is a member of both the National Academy in the United States and the French academy.

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van Dyk Gallery is offering 3 oils and
numerous lithographs by this Artist.  Pieces offered include "Wedding Couple"
Contact us for details.

Bruno Zupan
"Chopin Concert
in Mallorca"
Oil Painting on canvas
36" x 41" Framed

Bruno Zupan
"The Wedding Couple"
Silkscreen AP
33 1/4" x 26 3/4"