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Master of the waters by Gheorghe Virtosu -Oil on canvas-


Creating abstract art by Gheorghe Virtosu

How to create unique abstract art?

One of my favorite works from Collection 2017 brings up the answer to the question above. The title is Master of the Waters. I never went to lengths of describing this painting as the meaning of this work all lies in a quote by Omar N. Bradley “Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

Well, for a start I quite enjoy the challenge of measuring uniqueness by degree. We take for granted that something unique is self-content and self-contained, something like no other, but you are asking me to measure it against a potentially similar artistic background. Going back to the origins of my paintings, it all started in a prison cell in isolation, with Loneliness as my only companion. With the passing of time, I expect my work to be labelled by critics as belonging to one artistic trend, or another. But I won’t go down that path because that’s somebody else’s job.

For the time being, my painting style eludes all attempts of categorisation, be they modern, or classical or contemporary. The flow of ideas expressed in my paintings are an intrinsic part of my being, and I daresay that every single piece of canvas reflects the whole of my personality like a cell mirrors the integrity of the entire body it belongs to. I believe I am a unique individual, and therefore my painting carries the seal of unicity within it.

As I try to draw or create my art, it finally hit me that I developed my own style.


I never came across any knowledge of art or art history in my life as it just was not my cup of tea. I did not know how to create abstract art. Until recently I was not familiar with any painters and work of art. Even today I would never read or study art as I am fully devoted to my writing and painting, I do not have time to spare. What’s important not to do, is try to mimic someone’s style because you simply enjoy it or you know it. If you are not familiar with any styles, your creation belongs to you. I never been inspired except my only muse I spoke previously in the interview, loneliness. I am connected to my original source that inspired me, creating abstract art through my eye perspective.

I would bring the final note with the following story:

My PR was filling a web form for a recent art contest I have been invited to. He calls me asking who inspired me in order to fill in questionnaire. My answer was no one as I really do not have knowledge of anyone. However, he says, I cannot go through the form unless I specify the field. My answer was, just put someone who has similarities with my works. My PR said, I do not know anyone.

Gheorghe Virtosu
December 6, 2017