Denis Kaplan is an artist painter who lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. In his art, he combines two great loves...painting and music.

His paintings, mostly abstract done in acrylic on canvas technique, are inspired by musical works of different genres - from classical music, jazz and rock to popular tunes and evergreens.

He is a member of Croatian Association of Artists Zagreb (HDLU Zagreb).

Audiophile, discophile, music collector, audio designer and visual artist, through his works expresses strength and richness of his inner-world's colours and sounds.

The works from his rich opus of over 700 paintings, many of them rewarded, are often exhibited in solo and group exhibitions as well as in numerous online galleries. His works can be found in private collections all over the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DENIS KAPLAN - "SPACE LANDSCAPES 1"
 
"A central eruption dissolves slightly to the edges, as magmatic material that cools once spilled from the cavity of a volcanic crater. A fire source that slowly acquires cooler shades, expanding into the immensity of the celestial ether.
As far as it may seem fluid and palpable, the painting escapes from any unequivocal determination, becoming itself matter of the universe, part of the infinite space environment. Spreading like an expanding puddle once a rock is thrown into the aquatic pond, it flows freely from any boundary and defined limit, making us curious about its subsequent formal metamorphosis. The pigment of color, caught in a perpetual dance, follows the rotation of the celestial bodies and stars and overwhelms us into its lively swirl. Like a vortex, it absorbs us into its rotating movement, pushing us to explore the vertigo of the unknown.
Visually it recalls those video-art experimentations promoted by various artists during the 60s and 70s, where the distortion that the image received through the digital treatment opened the doors to innovative scenarios. The line of structural film, for example, by exploiting the basic components of form, colour and movement was intended to create rhythmic compositions that rejected the traditional narration and representation functions to which the cinematographic dogma relied. And "Space Landscape 1" seems precisely to resume, in still mode, that same film sequence­- named "Star Gate" sequence - contained in Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey": here, abstract shapes and unrealistic psychedelic colours lend themselves to describe an environment we still know too little to be able to outline with certainty; just as in Denis Kaplan's artwork, they allude to an existing elsewhere, inviting us to investigate it.
What exists outside of the relatively small world we are used to? Beyond planet Earth, are there other inhabited worlds? It is scary to think of our littleness towards an immense and ancient galaxy, but that doesn't stop us to wonder of the existence of many other universes yet to be discovered. We feel like sand grains scattered in an immense desert, but for this same reason we can experience the sense of sublime, being fascinated by so much majesty.
The artwork seems to make tangible that Dionysian character of art of which Friedrich Nietzsche talked about. For the German philosopher, in fact, all arts were a result of the balance of two different impulses, the Apollonian and the Dionysian, the first one associated with order and racionality, whereas the second one linked to vital and sensual instincts. In his publication "The Birth of Tragedy", he underlines the preponderant importance of the Dionysian spirit for men in order to make a deeper experience of life and of the world, leading them to unveil that underlying essence that he called the "Primordial Unity". The vital and chaotic instinct embodied by the Dionysian component can, therefore, be found in those dramatic arts such as music and dance which directly connect the human being to the primordial sensual impetus, the one not corrupted by rationality.
And the connection of this painting with the voluptuous power of music could not be more direct, since every time the artist himself draws inspiration from different musical compositions during the creative process, letting himself be guided by the notes and by what they suggest to him; as enraptured by the archaic and overpowering force of this immaterial divinity that is music.
The result is a well-orchestrated choreography where the colour jet seems to fluctuate on the black surface of the canvas, conveying a sense of pleasing gentleness."
 

Deborah Maggiolo, Art Curator for MAD Gallery Milano

 

 

 

PAINTINGS IMBUED BY MUSIC

"Denis Kaplan creates his paintings in a kind of synesthesia (a union of senses) through which he builds abstract compositions, and through them he describes his subjective experience of a musical work. The musical masterpieces are inspiring his visions for every single painting, where colour and rhythm pulsate and spread from the center to the edges, particularly in his "Interstellar Clouds" series, in such a way that the central place in the composition occupies the core of the "cloud", which merges with the surroundings of the inner universe in which the musical work left its emotional impression.

"Interstellar clouds" series is also the search for new spiritual spaces, for those unknown, ecstatic experiences beyond our daily activities, it is opening space for contemplation which the painter needs to translate his feelings into the language of colours, and let his emotions build harmony and artistic manuscript which will accompany the rhythm of music, regardless if the music piece is originated from Mozart, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Beethoven...

In Denis Kaplan's artworks, each music piece has its own unique shape, warmth or coolness, direction of movement and spreading, its fullness or thickness, spaces of light or shadows that form a labyrinth of intimate experiences. As if the artist has touched the inner universe and recognised the primary, chaotic movement of the World coming into existance, and then through the music he constantly finds new images, new ways to articulate his expression.“

mr. art  Krešimira Gojanović

 

 

"Interstellar Clouds 6" acrylic on canvas, 50x40cm  music: G.F. Handel - Minuet in g minor

 

 

 TOCCATA AND FUGA OF FRACTALS IN DENIS KAPLAN’S PAINTINGS

 

“To hunt for and to touch the shiny center of visions of fractals is the same as realising that the world of nature is built on mutual motifs and patterns. Identifying nature’s patterns creates a map of its own, located in the change and anticipation of the things to come. Those motifs and patterns can’t be described only in cold and dry way, with geometric, mathematical or chemical formulas because clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, islands are not circles, Earth’s crust is not smooth, nor the lightning flash is straightlined. Nature is there, not only on a higher level, but on a completely different degree of complexity.
Artist Denis Kaplan, searching for this body of communication, unites music and paintings as universal languages to discover the truth, where nothing is more changeable than the outer appearance of things. There, where the tiny pigment of colour and the wavelength of tones carries similarities with the celestial constellations, it is indisputable that small things can be compared to bigger ones. Those abstract paysages of matter, one could say the landscapes of spirit, are pointing us to the example of some microscopic images, where scenery is not reminding us of anything real that can be seen in the nature with our bare eyes, and appear "abstract" even though they show the most concrete reality, the matter itself. Some air photos and satellite imagery look so identical to abstract paintings that we can almost swap them. Some abstract paintings have even expressed the state of weightlessness because there is no more "upward" or "downward" inside them.
Paintings from “Interstellar Clouds” series become visions that are yet to be discovered by radio telescopes and measured with the infinite spatial dimensions of the Universe. Denis Kaplan draws his inspiration from the consciousness of the complexity of the sensory experience where art and mythical images meet primordial contents. Through memory images, imagination, dreaming, hypnotic images and thoughts hallucinations, through this prayer of decipherment, paintings accompanied by music gain unusual liveliness in the detail and in the whole and point us to the path of infinity as reality and as continuity.
So let's look for these images in the memory of our personal experience, in order to leads us, as the fourth dimension, through the landscapes that are written in us as well."

Danko Merin, prof.
 

 

 

"Interstellar Clouds 26" acrylic on canvas, 50x40cm     music: Liszt / Schubert - Ständchen

 

 

COMMENT ON "RAGAS 9" PAINTING

"L'arte astratta non ha mai lo scopo di descrivere ma cede anche all'osservatore il dono di interpretare attraverso la materia e le emozioni grazie quindi delle emozioni che con la tua arte eccelsa ci doni"


"The objective of abstract art is not just a mere description of things, but it also gives the observer a gift of interpretation through matter and emotion, thank you for the emotions you give us with your sublime art"

 Dott.ssa Francesca Mezzatesta - historian and art critic

 

 

 

"Rāgas 9" acrylic on canvas, 100x81cm     music: Hariprasad Chaurasia & Zakir Hussain - "Rāga Jansammohini"

 

 

 

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(All photos on this webpage © Denis Kaplan)