Mitic grew up in Serbia (then Yugoslavia) and served one year in the military. (The alternative to this service was a ten year jail term.) And while he didn't see any combat, he did learn his way around a gun. Soon after he completed his service, he emigrated to Toronto for college and discovered a different take on art and art history than what he'd been exposed to in his home country. Upon graduation, Mitic settled into life as an artist, never afraid to experiment with different styles and techniques.Mitic was surfing YouTube one day and came upon a video of soldiers shooting up religious murals. Some would view the act as pure blasphemy, but with his artist's eye Mitic saw the end result as a type of graffiti. He decided to try "painting with bullets," using ammo as a tool of creation rather than destruction.
|"Blasted Guernica" (2010)
In case you're wondering, Mitic takes his paintings to shooting ranges when he's ready to add the bullet holes. Mitic's homage to "Guernica" required thousands of rounds of ammo given its size. It is approximately 12' x 26' -- the same dimensions as Picasso's iconic painting. (Note: This seems a good time for a reminder that all images can be enlarged by clicking on them.) For his JFK and Lennon works, he shot the same caliber guns used in their assasinations.
|Mitic's studio is a study is creativity.
For a terrific article about Mitic and his work, click here. It includes some images of the complicated installation of "Blasted Guernica" at a gallery in Toronto and a short video of Mitic at work. And to explore more of Mitic's work, click here to get to his website. The "Rain Painting" video shows him at work on some of these paintings starting around the 3:30 mark. Enjoy!