Author Josip Konta
Limited edition 1/8
Certificate of authenticity
Relief, patinated bronze:
height 55,5 cm
width 102 cm
depth 15 cm
Total weight 53,5 kg
The system for hanging the relief on the wall is included in the price.
Metal construction with a black backside on which the relief is set is not included in price. This metal construction is intended for our easier presentation of relief in space.
Ships in a crate.
The weight of the crate is 41 kg, plus a protective filling made of light material.
The total weight of the wooden crate and sculpture is 94,5 kg.
This item usually ships within 10 business days.
Delivery Partner: DHL Express
The sculpture is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and all legally prescribed documentation.
The price of the artwork does not include the possible additional cost of customs clearance in the country of destination. Customs costs will be borne by the buyer. It is the responsibility of the buyer to be fully aware of the possible costs of custom clearance of a particular artwork in the country of destination.
Josip Konta was born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on May 18th, 1946. After the High School of Applied Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Croatia, in 1972, and post-graduated on the studies as an associate in the master class of Prof. Antun Augustincic from 1972 to 1974. After three years (from 1974 to 1977) as the director of the Art Foundry at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, he lives and works as an independent artist in Zagreb. Fifty years of art work accompanied by a series of solo and group exhibitions that have resulted in artworks that are found in private collections both in Croatia and abroad.
The Gates of Hell, or alternatively, the Festival of Alienation, is a powerful relief modeled in Konta's characteristic technique depicting the agony of people, though surrounded by seemingly close people, in their alienation and maladaptation to the society in which they live.
The relief is on display at a solo art exhibition at the luxury Bellevue Hotel
, on the beautiful Island of Losinj, Croatia. The exhibition is set from 02/04/2021 to 30/09/2021.
This sculpture is available for sale through our online store or at the hotel reception.
Main features of Josip Konta's artworks:
The theme of Konta's sculptures is often a critique of alienation and the various states of the human spirit and its position in society. Sculptural techniques, or the imperfect structure of sculptures, symbolically signify the imperfection of human.
This unusual, unnatural incompleteness of the body of Konta's figures, and the emptiness on the body, means acknowledging human vulnerability and weakness, means acknowledging human mortality, the possible inability to confront the coming existentialist questions - who I am and what I am looking for, what I miss, what is it and where is my second me?
Konta's horses represent support for the human being, at the same time symbolizing the human alter ego, the desired better self, but the almost impossible achievable better self.
In Konta's painting, the artist is prone to an expressionist approach in creating characters, colored very measuredly and carefully, and brilliantly supports the atmosphere of volume in which the theme is a range of inner states of the characters who are in anticipation, in boredom, in longing, in dilemma or fear, in love and/or sadness, in all those everyday, but also non-everyday situations
It is important to emphasize, the observer is free to interpret each sculpture as he wishes, it is a matter of personal impression to which the artist gives complete freedom.
Josip Konta's sculptures made in bronze can be the only original copies limited to eight copies (1/1 - 1/8), and four artist's copies (EA I/IV - IV/IV).