Mitko Zhelezarov is an author with colouring and subjects, which
are impactive and easy to be remembered, an artist with own style
of painting and place in the Bulgarian fine arts.
Works produced by the artist’s brush represent an attempt
to move to another world, a world of Christian values and messages.
Their quietness, calmness and positive power create an atmosphere,
which is felt and co-experienced by everybody in their own way.
We can look at his pictures without the need to ask for their
exact titles. The messages, which are so important for the author,
are put at the top place. This feature determines the overall
appearance of his works. There, the artist is still more thorough
Compositions depict the creator’s innermost visions; visions
born in the world of his imagination. They have been built with
a lot of sense of colours and linear rhythm.
Pictorial canvasses are focused on the subject of Christianity.
The author develops many variations out of one subject. Compositions
are not of the nature type as an approach, they have the impact
of abstract works. The artist passes through nature in a special
Symbols and signs borrowed from icon-painting draw one’s
attention to the major subject and the message: the eternal Christian
truths. The silhouette of a blessing hand and the loving image
of fish appear against absolutely conditional background. The
hand reminds of love and acceptance, what we need everyday. And
the fish remains one of the earliest Christian symbols. The boats
illustrate the path of human life full of trials and temptations.
He often uses the chalice: it is blood as symbol of life. These
images come to us and suggest our strivings for the eternal and
timeless values, which we need so much in our everyday life.
Other major symbols which intertwine in his pictures include a
key, numbers, letters, and eyes. He draws on the old traditions
of our iconographic school recreated in a contemporary and up-to-date
His pictures depict a strange symbiosis of messages, colour and
image, which carries a direct and explicit message. Produced at
one go, they are full of positive energy and hope. By combining
his inner and exterior outlook, he creates his own mentally enriched
world. The values he suggests does not restrict him; he finds
new freedom in them. They are both a source of concepts and fresh
Mitko Zhelezarov is not in a search of useless effects in the
terms of composition and colours, he is not interested so much
in the details. He is laconic. He has found the way to a more
contemporary presentation of the popular Christian themes and
subjects. In his works we can see the expressiveness characteristic
of the artist. His colouring is well harmonized on the basis of
several colours. The artist gives preferences to the vivid expressive
colours with their complicated and soft shades in his ambition
to create bright images. Good balance of warm and cold is complemented
by the line, which discreetly rings out amidst the major symbols
and hints of the most significant elements. Most of his pictures
have been executed in the technique of acrylic paints by using
as base both the conventional canvas and wood or paper. The mixture
of various techniques and materials include oil painting, collage,
water colour, crayon, China ink, as well as graphic materials.
Recently, the author has returned to the classic painting technique.
He has also an inclination to wood, which often replaces the conventional
canvas. The many materials he works with add to and enrich the
His sometimes willful sketchy manner of work, his sense of colour
and power of colouring preserve the basic mightiest incentive.
His preference to large formats makes his canvasses still more
effective: one further opportunity to develop his concepts to
True to his sense Mitko Zhelezarov gives expression to his visions
and emotions in an abstract-and-sign imagery. His creative pursue
is intimate, specific, and it carries the power of suggestion.
In his works with contemporary and complete sounding, there appear
the artist’s all emotive world linked to the specific objective
world and to the attempt to disclose his own self. Compositions
have particularly mighty sounding; a man absorbed in his thoughts,
fears and hope finds once again the positive and cheerful feeling.
There remains the genuine co-experience, because creative works
generally excite and calm down. The meeting of everyone who got
in touch with the painting messages turns into a challenge. There
is no doubt that Mitko Zhelezarov goes beyond the border of real
recreation, comes closer to the divine and timelessness. Having
observed any of his works, one keeps not only the immediate impression,
but also a kind of transformation, strong and remembered.
In recent years he has returned to the classical picture as such,
going along the path of temptations with the new conceptual means
of expression. He is in a search for the picture with its intimacy,
suggestion and presence around us. This is his message to us.
As the artist says: “While somebody calls them abstract
or otherwise, I want my works to act directly on spectators. I
do not wish to make them suffer by guessing and thinking over
my canvasses for years on. My sole thought, when I finalize a
picture of mine, is for it to carry the positive feeling of life
and bring it to people’s home”.