Norwegian painter joins Serbian art colony

For the 52nd time, the famous annual art colony in Sicevo is hosting painters from Europe with Norwegian Martin Due on board this time.

The painters gathered on September 1 to make art in a lovely scenery. Their works will then be exhibited at Nis Fortress prior to sending to the Contemporary Art Gallery in Nis.

Norwegian Martin Due is already known to the Serbian public as he exhibited in the country few times. The Serbian audience loved his Arctic landscape prints. “My inspiration is the stories I can read, extract and put together from traces, details and larger structures in the Norwegian, Nordic and Icelandic landscapes. Sometimes as a surreal prediction and comment on our relation to nature and the consequences we might have to face,” Due said earlier.

Martin Due’s artwork could not be fully understood without at least little insight into his biography. He grew up in the university city of Uppsala in Sweden. He learned printmaking at an early age in the workshop of his artist father, Christian Due. Later on he has been working as a printmaker, but also as a musician, holding a degree in violin from Trondheim Music Conservatory and a Master of Art and Design from Oslo University College.

In 1993, he found his inspiration and settled in the Western coastal town of Molde, Norway, where he has lived ever since. Due has exhibited in several Scandinavian and European countries, as well as in China and the U.S. He has been awarded several times and his works can be found in many private and public collections.

Sicevo art colony started back in 1905 when amazed by the beauty of the Sicevacka gorge, the great Serbian painter Nadezda Petrovic had started gathering her colleagues. She however died in The First World War and so the colony no longer existed. In 1964, at the initiative of Nis artists and cultural workers, the Sicevo Art Colony was re-formed, and has been held ever since.