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Art or War, by Viktor Mitic

By Tightrope Books | February 15th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Art or War, by Viktor MiticArt or War consists of many famous works and art featuring portraits of celebrities and iconic religious figures outlined in bullet holes. Viktor Mitic was shocked by recent incidences of defacement of sacred workds such as the destruction of the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Talinan and decided to use the destructive power of the gun to instead create art and to counter the destruction normally caused by the tool.

“Although the process is very loud, there is a sense of peace after the smoke is gone.” – Viktor Mitic

Viktor Mitic’s paintings shimmer and move. They look back at you. They hunt you down…

Eleven of the paintings presented in Art or War are accompanied by prose or poetry by a distinguished Canadian author: Erika Ritter, George Elliott Clarke, George Fetherling, Katherine Govier, Catherine Bush, Susan Musgrave, Gary Michael Dault, Barry Dempster, Jim Nason, and Goran Simic. These writers’ creative responses provide an illuminating counterpoint to Mitic’s inspiring and challenging work.

To find out more about Viktor Mitic’s Art or War please go to the Tightrope Books catalogue.

Book Trailer for Walt Whitman’s Secret by George Fetherling

By Tightrope Books | March 2nd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Check out this book trailer for Walt Whitman’s Secret by George Fetherling. In this wonderfully imagined novel, Walt Whitman’s secret isn’t his homosexuality but another one entirely but another one entirely. It’s a political secret, one that the greatest American poet of the nineteenth century has pledged himself to keep until he is on his deathbed.

George Fetherling’s Walt Whitman’s Secret

George Fetherling is one of 10 contributors to our spring art book, Art or War: The Bullet Paintings of Viktor Mitic.

Handy with a paintbrush and a gun, Viktor Mitic’s provocative art has people all over the world talking about his take on war, religion, and politics.

Artist Viktor Mitic is making headlines in Canada and the UK with his controversial gunshot paintings, which feature portraits of celebrities (Quentin Tarantino, John Lennon), iconic religious figures (Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary), and famous works or art (The Last Supper, Guernica) outlined in bullet holes. Shocked by recent occasions when places of worship were attacked and destroyed; for example, the defacement of Christian frescoes by soldiers and villagers in Kosovo, Mitic explains that his goal is to use weapons in his art to create rather than to destroy. Guns are naturally perceived with uneasiness, and the image of an artist shooting a painting of an iconic figure carries an intense psychological impact; however, the juxtaposition of beauty constructed out of violence in Mitic’s paintings generates an unexpected feeling of tranquility. In his own words, “Although the process is very loud, there is a sense of peace after the smoke is gone.” The fifty works of art presented in this book will be accompanied by writing by ten distinguished Canadian authors, including Lynn Crosbie, Katherine Govier, Susan Musgrave, Gary Michael Dault, George Elliott Clarke, and Barry Dempster.

Viktor Mitic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. A University of Toronto graduate artist, classically trained in art schools in Europe, Mitic has produced a major body of work that spans a career of over two decades. For a number of years, he was painting non-representational paintings using natural elements such as rain and hail to render surfaces of the paintings in oils on canvas. Mitic has successfully integrated various materials into his recent body of work: charcoal, graphite, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, and japanese traditional natural pigment. Viktor’s first book, Dealers: 36 Portraits of Toronto’s Art Dealers, was published by Tightrope in 2009. He has had many successful solo and group shows of his paintings in Europe, the United States, Canada, and, most recently, Japan. Viktor Mitic lives in Toronto.



Autist’s Live Auction

By Tightrope Books | November 19th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Viktor Mitic, the artist artist behind our two forthcoming art books: Dealers (which comes out this fall and launches on Thursday, December 10th at Odon Wagner Gallery, 198 Davenport Road) and Art or War to be published in Spring 2010, donates work to the Autist’s Live Auction.
Autist’s Live Auction is a one-day Toronto event dedicated to revealing, celebrating and commercializing the creative genius residing in the autistic/Asperger’s minds that live among us.

Viktor Mitic is making headlines in Canada and the UK with his controversial gunshot paintings, which feature portraits of celebrities (Quentin Tarantino, John Lennon), iconic religious figures (Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary), and famous works or art (The Last Supper, Guernica) outlined in bullet holes. Shocked by recent occasions when places of worship were attacked and destroyed; for example, the defacement of Christian frescoes by soldiers and villagers in Kosovo, Mitic explains that his goal is to use weapons in his art to create rather than to destroy. Guns are naturally perceived with uneasiness, and the image of an artist shooting a painting of an iconic figure carries an intense psychological impact; however, the juxtaposition of beauty constructed out of violence in Mitic’s paintings generates an unexpected feeling of tranquility. In his own words, “Although the process is very loud, there is a sense of peace after the smoke is gone.”


Launch for Dealers: 36 Portraits of Toronto’s Art Dealers by Viktor Mitic

By Tightrope Books | November 16th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Be sure to check out the launch for Tightrope’s first (but not last) art book!


In this remarkable portrait-survey of thirty-six of Toronto’s most distinctive and influential art dealers, artist Viktor Mitic has captured and illuminated the unique individual personalities of his subjects. Depicting by turns their passion, insouciance, vivacity, shrewdness, eccentricity, geniality, and more, these portraits successfully reflect the rainbow of human emotion and expression.

As Gary Michael Dault says in his insightful introductory essay, “there isn’t a portrait here that doesn’t provide not only a fine likeness of its subject, but also a telling, charming, incisive route into the sitter’s essential nature.”

VIKTOR MITIC was born in Belgrade, Serbia. A University of Toronto graduate artist, classically trained in art schools in Europe, Mitic has produced a major body of work that spans a career of over two decades. He has recently developed a distinctive, some would say provocative, method; he paints portraits of international iconic images and later shoots the outline of the figures using various weapons and live ammunition. He has had many successful solo and group shows of his paintings in Europe, the United States, Canada, and, most recently, Japan. Viktor Mitic lives in Toronto.



Thursday, December 10, 2009
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Odon Wagner Gallery
196 & 198 Davenport Road




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