There are no more astonishing animals than horses. They express their mood using their eyes, ears and nostrils. Horses are one of the rare animal species which communicate their feelings through facial expressions. When seen in a herd, one of them will always stand out, watching and alerting the others of any potential danger.
Horses and humans have an ancient relationship. Asian nomads probably domesticated the first horses some 4,000 years ago, and the animals remained essential to many human societies until the advent of the engine. Horses still hold a place of honor in many cultures, often linked to heroic exploits in war.
For Gatarić, horses are inexhaustible source of inspiration. With vibrant colors and smooth tone, he depicts characteristics of the animal, namely intelligence, independence and a free-spirit reflect. Gatarić projects himself on canvas, expressing the resemblance with lonely and wild stallions. He captures a moment, a movement, a glance into the wild. He is telling stories about his life using the horse figures. He depicts himself as a stallion, his love as a mare, the bridle as life restraints. People tend to be very time-oriented compared to horses. Unlike humans, horse is fully present. Horses live in the moment, whereas most people live in the past or the future. Dwelling on the past brings baggage, and focusing on the future can bring anxiety. This makes for a huge discrepancy, and the reason why Gatarić depicts his world using the horse figure. People and horses live in different time lines. Gatarić, like horses, feel and experience the very moment of existence. Playing with the brush, the painter placed hidden figures beneath the colors. Gatarić`s horse paintings – everything, but ordinary and dull.