Born in 1970 in a family of artists, Georgian painter Otar Imerlishvili is known for his whimsical scenes that depict daily life through the coloured lens of innocence and wonder. Travel, love-making, bathing, dining and dancing are all part of the visual narrative. Even gossip and theft, plain craziness. In some pictures, grassy grounds and multi-storeyed houses are set on top of each other. Cities become towers. Often they simply turn into men – one city meets another city in a friendly handshake.
“I would say that my main inspiration is the set of stories from my own life – my childhood and the everyday being of my city, Tbilisi,” says the artist. “Also the countries which I have visited and basically experiences that I have gained with people and relationships throughout my life. As for the influences, people ask me this question all the time and compare my…
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