Feeling – Colour - Wit in Florin Prodan’s painting
From the engineering field he took information about perspective, the sense of proportion, volumetric units and he was taught the lesson about colour, as any plastic artist, from the succession of seasons, reason for which he called one of his exhibitions as “Seasons”.
The painter has around 30 personal exhibitions and many other group exhibitions in the country, in Bucharest, Iasi, Botosani, Suceava, Piatra Neamt, as well as many works in private collections in the countries like France, England, Germany, Canada, USA, Greece, Italy, China. Among seasons, he focuses more on spring, summer and autumn. Spring for the chlorophyll green which symbolises life in its more active shape and autumn for the polychromic air with symphonic sounds.
The winter landscapes with snow clouds are the ones that show the silver white of snowflakes, the “milky” and cold atmosphere, how winter enters the “rest” state.
By his works, the painter leads us to the idea that he is the supporter of calm romance of nature. His paintings are dedicated, mainly to nature, it is a plain air painting and the artist is, as Iohannes Iten was saying, of Bauhaus School, an impressive optic. The impressions gathered from the most typical and hidden places of nature, there are not simple sensory experiences, chosen by chance, but they are attentively selected and instrumented from compositional point of view, according to an artistic intuition, connected with the engineer sense of free form – subject to poetic fantasy law.
Therefore, the main source of inspiration represents nature and people with their concerns – it is, we can say, a campestre painting.
His artist eye aimed in nature especially delusions made by the effect of water in relationship with the light (the sun rise, sunset, mornings with crystal clear dew drops and dense fog, the sunset with solar brightness, filtered by the clouds curtain and the effect of evaporation with the water morphology in the wind, especially after the rain). Our of this reason, the artist, by using light with generosity, can be considered, more, a meridian with Tiepolo asymptotic approaches.
The forms of nature elements aimed by the artist are so filled with light that sometimes we have the illusion that we enjoy the presence of diaphane shapes made of coloured light vapours, or photonic clouds.
His landscapes works, where we can always find aquatic shapes of laguna landscape (rivers, ponds, lakes) lead to the illusion of some images from the waters empire. The house seems more a decorative element of nature than a rural civilisation sign, even for an immemorial time.
The flowers paintings, especially in warm colours, combined with floral species in contrasting colours prove the colourist calling as well as the sensitivity and passion for flowers of the author, important knowledge for the symbolist language of flowers. Flowers are spread in a series that start from the opulence of the sunflower to the delicacy and wild freshness of field flowers, from the intensive red of corn poppies to cornflowers which gradually diminish their colour in the floral mass.
His style is the one of a romantic artist, in impressionist expression with well tempered chromatic and logically developed compositions and the vivacity generated by nature in all its complexity leads us to the idea of renaissance hylozoism subtly transmitted to the visible romanticism of François René Chateaubriand.
Mihai PĂSTRĂGUŞ, arts critic
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