What brought me to painting
I remember as a child how I loved to watch my grandmother paint her kitchen floor. I’ve never forgotten the brightly colored enamels she used to ornately decorate something so ordinary as a floor. I thought it was beautiful, and the mystery of the creative process fascinated me.
To this day, I am still addicted to the smell of paint.
My father, a sculptor and an etcher, introduced me to “real” painting and guided me through the history of art. I was impressed by the majesty and pathos of Baroque art and by the many romantic landscapes of 19th century. I’ve never lost my love for these types of narratives and their echo can be found in my paintings.
As a young man, I studied art history in Prague’s Charles University, but didn’t consider myself to be a theorian. Because rather then construct my paintings as a designer, I depend on my instincts and feelings. I FEEL everything I paint; from the excitement of newly found subject matter, to the challenge of composition, to the question of colors to be used. My paintings are often based on memories, events, people and emotions. All of which have faded, and I now long for.
I love to paint people I respect and can relate to. “Ordinary people” grounded firmly to the earth, accepting their position in life. Not people laden with exaggerated skepticism, pessimism, and resignation. But rather people that despite often rough circumstances, still choose to enjoy life. And frequently, I recall random, interesting people I have met over the course of my life who have become significant markers in time now past.
As for my style of painting, I concern myself with the “overall look” of a completed work. Details are unsubstantial. Abstract art opened up a world of possibilities, and I often draw from it’s formal inventions. But unfortunately in most of today’s abstract art, it is almost impossible to find that which is the most important component of any work of art—emotional impact—the story behind the art.
My paintings are a “fusion” of what inspires me from art history combined with all the exciting elements of abstract painting. Although I have often struggled with various paintings, as is evidenced by my over-painting a piece until I get it right—be it once, twice, or as many times as it takes, I am proud that through tenacity and perseverance I have reached the goal of defining my own unique emotional and “non decorative” method of painting.