Stipan Tadić

City Lights

August 29–September 26, 2020

Steve Turner is pleased to present City Lights, a solo online exhibition by New York-based Stipan Tadić which features paintings of New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last several months, Tadić has explored the city at night, observing, drawing and writing down his observations. He found Chinatown to be of special interest. Even though it is an enduring symbol of the city, more of its essence was revealed in the absence of crowds. While the works were intended to document an historic moment in the city, they also came to serve as a psychological diary for the Croatian-born Tadić, who observed a new form of dystopia in New York’s empty streets. Colorful neon signs were flashing but no one was there to see them.

Stipan Tadić (born 1986, Zagreb, Croatia), earned an MA in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (2011) and an MFA from Columbia University (2020). His first solo exhibition was in Zagreb in 2009 and since then he has had numerous solo exhibitions. His work was recently included in Alone Together, a group show that featured work by twenty-three members of the celebrated Columbia University MFA Class of 2020. This is Tadić's first solo exhibition with Steve Turner. 

Zagreb-born Stipan Tadić relies on his keen sense of observation and his ability to look for hidden meaning to create paintings that do more than merely depict their subjects. Whether portraits, cityscapes or landscapes, Tadic conveys something beyond appearance. With dramatic colors, skewed perspective, and altered reality, he conveys attitude, character and emotion.

Born 1986, Zagreb, Croatia
Lives and works in New York

MFA, Columbia University, New York

MA, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb

BA, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb

Selected Solo Exhibitions
City Lights, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

Gallery in Residence, Raumstation, Vienna, Austria

Hlebine paintings, Gallery of Naïve Art, Hlebine, Croatia
Il vizio della pittura, Mlz Art Dep, Trieste, Italy
Croatian Mountains, Lauba Gallery, Zagreb

Bicycle Diaries, Salon Galic, HULU, Split, Croatia

My whole life, Student gallery, Zagreb

Selected Group Exhibitions
DRAWN: Concept & Craft, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem,
North Carolina
NADA Art Fair New York (with Steven Harvey)
Dark Was The Night, Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, New York
Alone Together, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Love 2020, Neiman Gallery, New York
Visions of the City II, Modern Gallery, Zagreb

th Painting Biennale, HDLU, Zagreb
Whams of Summer, Ki Smith gallery, New York
Live in Your World, Play in Ours, Realty Collective, New York

Blue Salon, 18
th Triennale of Painting, Dukes Palace, Zadar, Croatia
Arte Fiera, MLZ Art Dep Gallery, Bologna, Italy

Peace and Love, Chosunilbo Museum, Seoul
Poison, Comic Museum, Brussels

Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, Schaufenster Gallery, Berlin

Zwischen Land und Wasser, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna

Residencies and Awards
RHA Studio Programme (residency)

st prize, International Comic Book Festival, Lodz, Poland

NCCA, Kronstadt, Russia

Young Artist Award, HDLU, Zagreb

Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

Kiš, Patricia, “Kad seljaci zaplesu na Sex Pistolse,” Jutarnji List, September 20

Caliendo, Giada, “Il vizio Naif di Stipan Tadic volti e paesaggi intorno Zagabria,” Il Piccollo, July 26

Jergovic, Miljenko, “Kako je U2 spasio Balkan,” Radio Sarajevo, October 9
Jergovic, Miljenko, “Prigradski motivi Stipana Tadica, videni okom prolaznika,” Jutarnji List, April 22

Bosfield, Jonathan, “Interview with artist Stipan Tadic,” Time Out, July 8