120 x 115 cm, Oil on canvas
The battle Mitkov depicts in his paintings is more genuine than a factual one. There is more to it than the physical battle. It is a battle of spirit, of the part of the Universe that is accountable for changes and inconstancy of time. No battle, no victory - this is the message Pavel Mitkov's artworks send across.
Do not balk at life's challenges for this is where you opportunities lie. Even Angels cannot avoid fighting battles in this world. And Angels always stand up for the good.
Touch of gold
Genuine gold was used in all paintings of the BATTLE series. According to the artist, this is the element in Mendeleev's periodic table to best reflect the cause of most wars around the globe. Gold is magnificent, yet treacherous. It is noble, yet makes you go out of your senses and act greedily. Little has the world changed in this regard, but in these paintings, you can see the deep philosophical insight that gold is just gold, and it is entirely up to us to decide whether to use it for good or wicked purposes. Still, one thing is sure - "Angels, too, make mistakes."
The most fascinating period is from 2012 on. Mitkov highlights two particular dates in it: 21.12.2012, supposedly the end of the world, and 10.02.2013, the beginning of the Age of Aquarius and the Chinese New Year. According to the artist, that was the time when the mankind chose its future 2000-year cycle and the good prevailed. Always positive, always filled with a lot of energy, Mitkov turned his latest period into a life mission. It is not about just composing paintings but rather about creating and putting enormous love into canvases. The painter believes a painting can make a real difference in a man’s life.