Ivan Pavic, exhibition “The Jade Rabbit”

Posted on 22 September 2016   Artists, News, Painters

Ivan Pavic, painter and The Jade Rabbit, exhibition

IVAN PAVIC – WebMetropolis brings you the story about the painter Ivan Pavic and his latest exhibition “Jade Rabbit”, which was held in the house of Djura Jaksic, Skadarlija, one of the most interesting and the oldest streets in Belgrade. The story is told by the author.

We wanted to share with you this event, so we have made photos and asked the author, Ivan Pavic, to describe in his own words each painting individually. Paintings are described in Serbian language in video, but below the video you have the English translation.

*Music that accompanies the exhibition video is the song “Veneto Slumber Recon“, from the album “Slumber Recon” of Belgrade’s band RAIN DELAY.

About the “Jade Rabbit”

0:00 – Exhibition “Jade Rabbit”, which is named after the same name painting, is a kind of retrospective of works on paper-made pastels, inks and a combined technique, whose motive is a full moon and what is “seen” on it – a rabbit jumps into the flames, actually one of the Buddha’s previous incarnation, then head of Šarac, the horse of prince Marko and Cain killing Abel, according to Serbian folk beliefs.

Two conifers and the moon

0:25 – Painting made on pastel blue velour paper, inspired by Serbian folk belief that the full moon seen the head of Šarac, the horse of prince Marko. In this piece, as more or less in all the other works in this series, the actual color of the painting is the color of the paper.

The sky above Belgrade in spring 1999

0:45 – Painting made on pastel blue velour paper, during the NATO bombing, where, in addition to the full moon motifs showing a rabbit jumps in flames and the elements of night landscapes, you can see also the air defense activities (PVO).

Moon over the hill

1:06 – This represents a pastel scene deeply into the twilight with a cobalt blue sky, still big and orange moon and already quite dark mountain peaks.

Kingdom of the heavens (discos)

1:26 – Drawing done in a combined technique with a central motif of the discus or the Logos (word of God), that is three concentric disc rotating in opposite directions, taken from the Serbian medieval painting.

Kingdom of Heaven – Moon

1:46 – Drawing done in a combined technique with concentric play four areas of the world according to early Christian beliefs and recorded in Mesopotamia, India, China and some other Asian areas. Those areas, which are, for example, presented in a mosaic of Hercules are: Water world with its inhabitants, the Earth with animals in the struggle for life, Heaven with animals that are resting and the Kingdom of Heaven with the often non-icon representation of the Deity. In this paper presents the reduced area of land, but with the color of spilled blood. Heaven is also presented reduced, with two trees. The fourth area of the Empire of Heaven represents the full moon.


Two white yak and Moon

2:06 – Pastel representing four areas of the world with orange full moon in the middle, the realm of Raja with two white yak (individual deities in Tibetan Buddhism often represented riding that white yaks), and the Earth landscapes from my environment and a blue border with sea snakes, which represent the Water area.

On the black sky

2:26 – Pastel on velor paper, full moon located in the building similar to those in which the Tibetan temples represents the non-icon presentation of Buddha.

Red moon

2:46 – At this pastel on velor paper, in accordance with Serbian folk belief shown motif of the full moon with a silhouette of Cain killing Abel. The presentation of fratricide, as well as rupstanding inscription inspired by the eponymous fresco from the monastery of Decani. In this case, the most appropriate color for the moon was red.

Yellow moon and two clouds

3:07 – Pastel on velor paper with motif of yellow full moon and the two transparent clouds below and above it, was seen in the early dusk. Blue background is the color of the paper used.

The Jade Rabbit

3:27 – This work is named after the Chinese belief that the full moon is a jade rabbit. Worked with the Chinese ink in color, and on rice paper, with the intention to reduce the colors and forms to a bare minimum.


Orange moon

3:47 – Here is presented orange moon in the dark sky in the center of the enlarged cross-section of a Buddhist stupa.

No name

4:07 – Pastel on paper inspired by the non-icon representations of the Buddha, or the Deity of early Christian and early Buddhist art. In this painting was used and green paper.

White stupa

4:27 – This piece, made with bright pastel on blue paper, is the intersection of stupa, in the center of which is a full moon.

Stupa with the orange moon

4:47 – The motive of intersection get in the center of which is a full moon done with Chinese inks and tea on rice paper.

Blue moon – comma

5:08 – Full moon in a blue whirl between two treetops worked with Chinese colored inks on rice paper.

Gray moon

5:28 – The motif of the night sky with a full moon done in black ink on rice paper, with the intention of complete color expulsion.

Jade Rabbit 2

5:48 – The motive of the night sky with a full moon that shows a jade rabbit, made with Chinese inks in color on rice paper. The paper in some places produce effects that positively contribute to the appearance of this work.

Red moon 2

6:08 – Red Moon, done in pastel on black paper. The presentation of rabbit and the flame is in color paper. The scene seen during a very dark night.

Moon over gray water

6:28 – Pastel on orange paper. The moon is orange and is a contrast to the surrounding dark gray sky and the water in the bottom of the image, which shows his reflection.

Jade Rabbit 3

6:48 – Full Moon with the performance of jade rabbit done in pastel on black paper, the last in the series. Minimalism here mostly comes to expression.

Everything I’ve done

7:09 – Everything I’ve done here has a starting point in the above beliefs, but I painted all of this by looking at the night sky and full moon and harmonized with what I have noticed during the sky contemplation.



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