Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Písek - Enchanting Bohemian town!


Town of Písek, is undoubtely one of those most beautiful towns in Czech Republic and I am very pleased to have the honour to work here on my wall painting - but about that later. 

Back to the Písek, which can be translated as 'sand' in English. This name originates from the fact, that in history there was panned for gold in river sand, which is quite romantic, isn't it? As same as the fact that it is called 'The Athens of the South' - for amount of schools and education opportunities.


It's beautiful and very cultural town, with old white church above two adjoining squares - big and small - both full of old houses. Two of them are painted by Mikoláš Aleš. There is also brewery and old castle, where are now held exhibitions and other cultural events.

Farther from this middle of town is beautiful stud farm with long history and tradition, where was recently filmed one of short series called 1st Republic, about Czech history during years 1918 -1938 - before the second world war. 


But it would be sin to do not mention the oldest bridge in the country - even older than famous Charles Bridge in Prague (which is only hour and twenty minutes away). 

And one curiosity: the riverbank on the modern side is called 'Titanic'. Well yes it looks a bit like a ship, but as same as this liner so well known for its glamour and tragedy, once all those houses were flooded. 
The bridge too, of course but a huge part of reconstruction of it was sponsored by famous Czech singer, often performing in Germany and around the world - Karel Gott. 

In Písek you find also a lot of museums, all those baroque houses, historical institutes and schools - like film school. And there is held many exhibitions, vernissages and fairs. 
If you are in Prague, don't hesitate to visit this near town or even the town of Český Krumlov (Czech Krumlov), which is a real delight for everyone who loves history of architecture or even beauty itself.

And a little addition; Písek has also modern part of town, of course, but well as you know me, there doesn't exist force which would make me write about all those modern nonsenses ;) , if there is such a vast complex of historical beauty. Even though - I must stress - there is some kind of charm in the view of New York skyscapers, if you know what I mean.


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Until the end of my stay I'll add some more pictures.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

The very last week of the exhibition 'Back to Earth' in Ostrava!

This week is the last week of the exhibition 'Back to Earth', which takes place in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The exposition lasts until the end of November, so to the next sunday. I would like to thank to the Antakarana centre for this great opportunity and provision of these very pleasant premises.

For photos of the exhibition, please visit my fb page.

On the exposition is to be seen whole series of acrylic paintings called 'Back to Earth', but also series of drawings - Puppets: Ladies from the Theatre.
While whole gallery 'Back to Earth' is inspired by fashion and life in 19th century and deals with the theme of time and night, all drawings look into the 18th century and theatre. For more information please click here.

It was a great pleasure for me to exhibit my artworks here. And I would like to thank everyone who has shared this experience with me.

Best regards to you all!

Here, you can read something more about gallery 'Back to Earth', this gallery is devided into three parts: Amongst Stars, Amongst Clouds and On the Ground. I can't forget my three little horse paintings. And of course, shortly about drawings: Puppets: Ladies from the Theatre.

Monday, 17 November 2014

About time, night and series 'On the Ground'


Time is a curious thing, isn't it? Some dream about past, their own or times, what they think were better. Some struggle for future, imagining what should happen, dreaming about how it should be.

And than there is the mysterious now. The moment some love and some hate, maybe because they lost in past, what they loved, or they are angry at them selves, that the so expectet and wanted future didn't happen by itself. 

But what with the now. The time when your mind is free from all of those thoughts about the past or future, free of fear. The so forgetting moment, the only moment when time can not exist. The moment when everything what is or will be depends only on your own will. The magnificant time, when you can do anything. Or you could, if you would be able to stop your mind from talking, which is usually the rub, isn't it?

People say, that vampires come out only during night. Well, friend of mine told me that this night has nothing to do with the position of the sun or the darkness of sky. That it is just a different world, or better - different point of view to this one. But it's called night, because in actual night people sleep and dream, and in their dreams there is no time and everything is possible - everithing literally. What brings us to the breathtaking Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera, even though I prefer the theatre version - well, I do always prefer the theatre version, if there is any. But the way how it is described here simply worth the attention.

But imagine world like this, world of mystery, absolute freedom and beauty, place what would create itself exactly according to you. A world where you can live in old stud farm and sit on one lonely tree in the middle of fields, or walk in forest with small wooden bridge over the stream. You could also travel in time, play with it as it pleases you, meet Mozart or queen Victoria, create diamonds in your hand or make things fly. Or again just live somewhere in the city, and have a breakfast in one of those beautiful french cafés, planning a visit of your family or friends in afternoon. Or both these ways. But seemingly, most mysteries are able to exist only in now - just learn to see. Why lose time by thinking about what have maybe happend as you remember it, or illusion of future, if there is - under all of those rubbish you were learn to think a remarkable world of such a possibilities. Welcome to the night that never ends, or dreamworld, what ever you like. 


And about the series 'On the Ground'

Once (above on the left, the first painting in the article)
Once is acrylic painting on canvas; 40x40 cm.
'What it would be if the time would end for once and forever and you would be free. Or should it be the romance? Your choice, but I find unbearably beautiful both these ways.' 

Coffee After Noon (above on the right, the second painting in article)
Coffee After Noon is an acrylic painting on canvas; 60x60 cm. 'What would 19th century be without old english parks, cafes and elegant ladies siting on iron chairs and drinking coffee, always and only in the right time of day. And what if one of them has so much ingenuity, that she is playing with pocket watches just above the dark surface of her coffee and wondering what would've happened, if she would drowned time.'

The Sun Undercover (above)
The Sun Undercover is an acrylic painting on canvas; 30x40.'What if the Sun would have been kind and elegant being - lady with hidden weakness for cloudy or even stormy weather? Maybe it would have been her personal joke. Or maybe she would've been just a little stubborn.’


Afternoon and After Midnight (below, the last two paintings in article)


Afternoon and After Midnight are two acrylic paintings 2x 30x40 cm. 
'One can be wandering around dark, yet bright night, walking in the moon light or just sitting on the grass and counting stars. Someone else would maybe prefer to swim in a silver lake or just visit places far beyond his imagination. And than maybe stay for a while in the shiny day, with his small secret hidden before world, and let it know only occasionally, by a slight gleam in his eyes.'

The Stolen Sun (on the right)
The Stolen Sun is an acrylic painting on canvas; 80x60 cm.'Maybe she is a little stubborn and angry on the way how things are supposed to be. She doesn’t like rules and absolutely doesn’t understand why one is supposed to subordinate them. Or even why should she.You maysaythat she is mad. But what gives you the assuredness that it is her who has lack of its own sanity?And he is staying so calmly yet attentive in background, just observing. Letting her rejoice in whatever she likes and maybe he is secretly keeping an eye on her, because he loves her and doesn’t want her to fall in troubles. Even though, he understands it completely.Who stays beyond time and its rules? Who can play with it? For whom time does not exist?'

Those paintings are currently for sale, if you like to purchase any, please click here.

Gallery ‘Back to Earth’

This gallery is mostly inspired by polite and elegant 19th century, its romanticism and fashion. And it also deals with the nature of time, questioning its existence and suggesting the idea of us standing beyond it and playing with it as it pleases us. All of it gently alludes to the beauty of existence and the idea of immortality, as most of my characters on canvas are supposed to be wandering around all those centuries, dwelling in eternity and rejoice in beauty of life.
Gallery ‘Back to Earth’ was exposed in Ostrava, Czech Republic from September to November 2014. More information about exhibition, here.


Monday, 10 November 2014

The elegance of horses and three little paintings


Horses can be enchanting in so many ways.
Passionate, when they are runing around, free, full of energy, while the wind is rising and it is about to be storm.
Elegant, gently floating on the ground of riding hall, with handsome man in black jacket on their back.
Noble, on a ride in old park with an aristocrat and his friends or lady with long dress.
Or even hitched in carriage in Bois de Boulogne like in one of Maupassants stories.

 A think there is nothing more I can say.



Decision, Freedom and Independence

From left: Decision, Freedom and Independence are three acrylic paintings belonging to each other, and to the surreal gallery 'Back to Earth'; 20x20cm  30x30cm 24x30 cm.

These paintings are inspired by Spanish Riding School and baroque riding, we can see from left levade, capriole and courbette. But this mini serie also deals with the theme of Time, in response to which, these three artworks together form three of the most important properties of any free being.


 
This artwork is currently for sale, if you’d like to purchase it, just click here.

Gallery 'Back to Earth'
This gallery is mostly inspired by polite and elegant 19th century, its romanticism and fashion. And it also deals with the nature of time, questioning its existence and suggesting the idea of us standing beyond it and playing with it as it pleases us. All of it gently alludes to the beauty of existence and the idea of immortality, as most of my characters on canvas are supposed to be wandering around all those centuries, dwelling in eternity and rejoice in beauty of life.

Gallery ‘Back to Earth’ was exposed in Ostrava, Czech Republic from September to November 2014. More information about exhibition, here.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Shortly: Puppets - Ladies from the Theatre and Vicomte de Valmont

On my new FB Page are now also new and better photos of eight drawings inspired by fashion of the 18th century. Those illustrations belongs to the series called Puppets: Ladies from the Theatre, which is now to be seen in Ostrava with the whole gallery of paintings 'Back to Earth'.

Even though I don't watch tv, or films - with only a few exceptions - my favour for rococo fashion started with the movie Dangerous Liaisons, starring John Malkovich. One can love and hate his character Vicomte de Valmont at the same time - ironical, always elegant and so daring, and of course excellently played. But mainly, talking about this film; I always admire its costumes, interiors and the autenticity to the age. Because of what: The first scene from the Dangerous Liaisons gives us great overview for these times fashion. I love it, just take a look!

 


 














Monday, 3 November 2014

Upcoming exhibition in Bílovec and pocket watches!


As you may be know, there are two upcoming exhibitions, first in Bílovec and than in Prague. But now, let's engage a few lines to the first one.


Bílovec is a small townlet, classical for Czech Republic. There is old square, chateau and cute alleyways with old houses around. And just for information, it's near to Klimkovice spa.

The exhibition starts on the 16th of February and ends on 20th of March and takes place in my most favourite café of all, called Mon Ami. 

This cafe is very classical, what perfectly fits with my nature and I think paintings as well. You can even buy there a book or browse one of very interesting magazines. You can't imagine the enthusiasm, when I found out about the magazines. They are about fashion, watches, diamonds, cottages, traveling and so on. But they are in Czech of course, but also in English, German, Russian and French. 

And now, why I am writing about it. Well, obviously I am very fond of cafes, languages, cultures, and beautiful things, but mainly - pocket watches - as you've maybe already found out. 

They remind me of the elegance of my favourite 19th century. They are very classical, and also present us time in such a charming manner. I have four of them, after my ancestors - one very old, but the year is nowhere to be seen; younger watch from 1842 and two others. 
The feeling, that it was worn in times, when ladies walked around in those elegant dresses and if they wanted to go somewhere else, they just used a carriage pulled by horses. Just imagine men taking their hats of, while greeting people on the boulevard or those houses around streets.
Where the person wore them? How they lived? It's a little step back in time, reminds us of the originality and quality of things from this period.

It's interesting, when you see the rush everywhere, everybody struggle for something, always hurrying somewhere, hoping for something. And than when you just take a look to such an old thing, like are those pocket watches and realize, that it belonged to someone, who is now dead and everything what made him sad or happy, or what he considered as important is irelevant now. Everything he yearned for and maybe got, passed with him. 
So isn't it better to just enjoy life and do what you love? Because in fact, it never matters about what we do - just to be happy about it.

About the event itself
This whole exhibition will be dedicated exclusivelly to the 19th century. There gonna be new paintings and drawings. But there is something about the event and the main theme itself what I can't write about now, so let it be secret for some time, growing into surprise for another. And I assure you, you'll like. 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Simple moments and the abstract series 'Amongst Clouds'

I personally think that the most beautiful thing in existance is every simple moment itself. Exact moments. But I don't mean moments like when you success in something or when you get something you've wanted, but moments. Those short points in time, when you see some kind of detail and than realize, that you enjoyed it. 

It can be someones sight - the short moment, when someone look at you in that strange, yet impressive manner, somehow more intimately, more really.
Or it can be moments, when you capture a simple movement - of leaves on tree or a move of a ballet dancer at the Paris Opera. 

You can even wake up in early morning, go for a walk, and when you turn around, realize the dew on grass, lying there like a small pile of diamonds messed up around. And that you realize, that you can see it only when you walk this way, with first sun lines in front of you, otherwise it is only a grass. In that moment, you are maybe wondering, whether it was the dew, what impressed you so much, or if it was the simple fact, that you could miss is - so easily.

I love these moments. Life resulting from life itself. There is some kind of delight of capturing them - or capturing movement, mood, passion and desire, or even calm and innocence joy of life, like a simple melody, yet silent. 

This all is in basic of this series, and its every simple painting. Amongst Clouds is the only abstract part of Gallery 'Back to Earth' and its main theme is spirit. Its freedom, independence and power.  


‘As spirit dancing on the sky, formless yet beautiful, completely free and graceful.’



Being Wind is an acrylic painting on canvas; 40x40 cm (right).
 'What it would be being wind and silently float amongst clouds and tress and places so far, that you can hardly imagine.'
Being Rain is an acrylic painting on canvas; 30x40 cm (above). 
'What it would be being rain and fall down from incredible heights, fly across clouds? Like gentle spring drizzle or wildly accompanied by summer storm.'
Being Storm is an acrylic painting on canvas; 40x40 cm (above, first painting in the article).
'What it would be being storm and get all the passion in you free? Flying amongst raindrops, hurrying in fresh and strong wind. Accompany thunderbolts and rejoice on dark clouds on sky.' 
One’s self: After Storm is an acrylic painting on canvas; 30x40 cm (right below). 
'The calm and beautiful time, when all the excitement from storm is over, leaving behind just release and a few moments for dance on red clouds to welcome new sun line and fresh air.' 


Paintings Being Wind, Being Rain and Being Storm are still for sale, if you like to purchase any of them, please click here.
If you are interested in any other my artwork, please visit this link.

Gallery ‘Back to Earth’
This gallery is mostly inspired by polite and elegant 19th century, its romanticism and fashion. And it also deals with the nature of time, questioning its existence and suggesting the idea of us standing beyond it and playing with it as it pleases us. All of it gently alludes to the beauty of existence and the idea of immortality, as most of my characters on canvas are supposed to be wandering around all those centuries, dwelling in eternity and rejoice in beauty of life.

Gallery ‘Back to Earth’ was exposed in Ostrava, Czech Republic from September to November 2014. Information about the exhibition, here.