Preslav Kostov is a London based painter and draughtsman whose work engages with the intricacies of identity and the immigrant experience. Employing the technique of automatism, Kostov’s paintings emerge from a cumulative process of self-questioning.
Kostov's imposing compositions dialog with the form and palette of the old master painters, presenting imagined scenes of personal struggle situated within a liminal realm. His works speak to the enduring reality of human experience while rejecting association with any particular moment in time.
Presenting anonymous ghost-like figures unconnected to any singular narrative or experience, his subjects inhabit a realm untethered from worldly possessions or cultural signifiers. The tangled forms, with their alluring asymmetry, evoke a melancholic isolation inviting the viewer to contemplate the complexities of the human condition.
He is a recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Award (2021 & 2023) and an elected member of The Contemporary British Portrait Painters Society.
From the CloudLászló von Dohnányi, Preslav Kostov, Marc Prats 8 Jul - 26 Aug 2023Baert Gallery is pleased to present From the Cloud, a group exhibition of new paintings from three London-based artists, László von Dohnányi, Marc Prats and Preslav Kostov on view from 8 July to 26 August 2023. For the gallery’s third collaboration with curator Louis Blanc-Francard, the artists in this exhibition...