“I’m just a knight from another world!” – Kerosene
Kerosene (Rezi Gvritishvili on his real name) is a 17 year old talented photographer, painter and illustrator from Tbilisi, Georgia. He’s also a writer who creates his own characters illustrations for his manuscripts. His minimalistic and powerful art turns architectural concrete monsters in vital part of Mother Nature. His love for nature and for his own city is mainly important, while his artworks picture its all hidden splendor. He says: “I love this city, not because it’s my homeland, but in general – it is beautiful!”.
Inspired by Crystal Castles’ music and Mariam Sitchinava’s photography, Rezi started to experiment with both painting and photography in order to create something different. “I always try to seek something new and not to be the follower of one single style/school. I have started to make photos approximately half an year ago. I was just taking shots on the display and that’s it. Later, I understood, that the shots are not enough – the photos must be well designed”, he told me. He continued: “Taking good photos is something like a ceremony, where you have to follow the rules in order to get the best result”.
Rezi has a a sweet tooth for detail and still life snapshots. The contrast between the two sides of his works, as I observed, is visually pronounced. On one hand we have the collages and paintings representing the beautifully magnitude of gothic buildings (the macro universe, if you will), and on the other hand, we have the artist’s attention given to small things, to leaves and insects, rain and fogg – the micro universe. Both of them are equally simplistic and meaningful.
Kerosene thinks that art should reveal emotions and tell secrets. “When you see my art, you see my inside spirit”, as he says.
Trivia: Kerosene is a chronic perfectionist, If he sees a misshapen strawberry, for example, he won’t eat it.