Dubrovnik is a city that has over the centuries inspired many an artist to create glorious paintings. The Old City and surroundings has so many panoramas that artists are spoilt for choice. Here’s a great idea that caught our eye, you are on holiday in Dubrovnik and you are admiring the art, thinking how striking a unique piece of Dubrovnik would look in your home. You are then faced with the problem of getting the painting back home; this is the stage were many tourists give up. Dubrovnik Art Poster is the solution. The celebrated Dubrovnik artist, Viktor Šerbu, is well-known for creating some of the most impressive images of the city that he calls home. These very images have been transformed into a modern souvenir, a unique piece of Dubrovnik art on your wall.
Blessed by the artist “We got the idea two years ago to use my father’s paintings as motifs for art posters,” explained Vedran Šerbu. Yes, imaginative and artistic ideas obviously run in the family. “Often when tourists visit Dubrovnik they would like to take a piece of Dubrovnik art home with them. My wife, Meri, is in charge of marketing and PR, so we have built a real family business,” added Vedran. What does your father think? “He has given us his blessings,” answered Vedran with a smile. “He was maybe a little tentative at the beginning but now that the posters are popular he is proud.”
Ideal souvenir There are four different prints available in the Dubrovnik Art Poster range, the Old City harbor, the Church of St. Blaise, the roofs of the Old City and the Lovrijenac Fortress. “The Old City harbor print is very popular with tourists but we have seen a huge increase in interest for the Lovrijenac Fortress poster since the Game of Thrones serial uses it as a main location,” commented Meri. The posters are printed on high quality paper and beautifully packaged, making them an ideal souvenir. “It is a real family business, we don’t produce large quantities and everyone we pack ourselves,” said the couple with a smile. The Dubrovnik Art Poster will not only bring back fond memories of the city it is also a hundred percent locally produced souvenir. This is a small piece of Dubrovnik floating in the sea of cheap Chinese gimmicks that have flooded Dubrovnik, but a good idea will always float. Not only has the art posters succeeded but the line of products has now expanded to feature greetings cards, fridge magnets and postcards. All of these products are available at various outlets throughout Dubrovnik, for more information follow the Dubrovnik Art Poster on Twitter and Facebook.
Traditional and modern Dubrovnik Viktor Šerbu was born in Dubrovnik in 1938. As a boy, holidays spent in the village of Smokvica on the island of Korčula inspired the drawings and sketches that would eventually steer him to enroll in the Art Academy after high school and, upon completing his education, choose to study the classical masters for four years in France and England. Today, Šerbu lives and works in Dubrovnik, strolling through old town in search of new motifs. His works are a synthesis of both the traditional and modern in Dubrovnik, constant witnesses to new and fresh experiences.