Rijeka

Discover Tomo's Colourful Works

30 Jun 2017

Tomo Vukas is an artist who lives in Rijeka and shares his inner worlds, inspired by his surroundings, with us through painting, drawing, woodwork, sculpture and more.

RIYP: You create and express yourself using several techniques. Do you have a favourite one and which one did you use first?

Tomo: I started painting while I was working as a sailor. On board the ship I had time to myself so I started drawing more seriously and developing my drawing skills.
Over the next few years exhibitions followed in Monte Carlo, Arles, Lyon and more… The pencil is still one of my favourite media, tools and means of expression, and even though it takes a lot of time and effort drawing is still rated rather low on the artistic scale.

RIYP: The motifs in your work are most often the sea and marine themes, has that always been the case? And how did that come to be?

Tomo: Marine motifs, or to be more precise sailors, are my most recent creative phase which has lasted for some time now. I feel very comfortable with this, even safe. I set myself some rules and a framework, and that makes me very happy.
In my pictures about the sea and sailors everything which is important in art is condensed: drawing – understanding what you are seeing; colours – creating a sense of relaxation, lightness and cheer; technique – or handwriting, of me as the artist. All of that creates a short story which observers can recognize easily but interpret in their own way. I call my sailors the Bringers of Happiness because they arouse good feelings and tease out a smile on your face.

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