one man show at Art Prague 2020

My works are on display at Art Prague 2020. I have earned a prominent place at the fair last year, when I received the Art Prague Young Award 2019.  Gallerist Jan Čejka about the works of Tomáš Žemla I have met Tomáš about four years ago, when I have accidentally laid my eyes on his works at an exhibition. I was immediately impressed by his technique using layered tiny lines, which he calls čiarkovanie. It requires enormous amount of time, concentration, and back and neck pain. We have exchanged a few e-mails and I set off to visit him at his home in Špačince.I was glad to have made the decision. Tomáš proved to have qualities that every successful…

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Water Towers

Blurred-fields-XI-60x60cm-oil-on-canvas-2019 Water Tower D, digital photo, 2018 In-the-middle-of-the-field-III-60x60cm-oil-on-canvas-2018 Christmas ball, 15x12cm, etching, aquatint, 2020 Water reservoir, 62x55cm, recycling- wood desk, paper, 2020 Testimony-of-minimalism-man-touched-land-VII- part one, 56x56cm, etching aquatint 2018 Testimony-of-minimalism-man-touched-land-VII- part two, 56x56cm, etching aquatint 2018 Water tower is an element that I seem to keep going back to, with no plan or detailed consideration. I have depicted one single water tower in several forms and techniques. I have found that I have actually collected various interpretations of this industrial-agricultural architecture. From photography, through painting, etching, and combined technique. This is a chance for me to interpret the way one object can be viewed and depicted. A water tower is a resolute invasion in the country. It sticks out of…

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do-poli/na-poli

do-poli/na-poli
Source: Courtesy of GMAB Trenčín

A retrospective exhibition at the Miloš Alexander Bazovský Gallery in Trenčín Curator: Radka Nedomová Just in time before the coronavirus pandemic hit my country, I have opened my first large exhibition in Slovakia in January. Since the gallery was closed for several weeks this spring, the gallery has prepared some videos to showcase my work also in the online space.  The Trenčín exhibition presents my Fields work between 2013-2020. Mostly paintings, but also prints and experimental forms that I have produced over the years. It was an amazing opportunity for me to show my work as it developed over time, the way I really feel it. I have therefore spent much time preparing for the exhibition, which has been…

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Prague: My latest series Equivalents on display for the first time

I have devoted most of 2019 to my work on new series of paintings, taking my fields another few steps forward. Some of the so-far results, Equivalents, are now on display at the Galerie Vltavín in Prague.  The Čiarky a kamene (Lines and Stones) was opened on January 14 and runs until February 13, 2020.  “ This exhibition in Prague was not just an occasion for me to showcase my new works in the Czech capital, but also to cooperate once again with my friend, sculptor Andrej Haršány, and gallerist Jan Čejka (pictured on the left) who curated our joint exhibition. The name of the exhibition points to the basic structural elements of their work, as well as to their…

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Interfields in the north: Exhibition in Jyväskylä

I have first learned about the Ratamo gallery in the Finnish town of Jyväskylä two years ago, during my stay in Guanlan, China, where I travelled for an international workshop focused on prints. Within a year since I succeeded with my application for an exhibition at Ratamo, I found myself on my way to Finland, in the company of my friend, manager and collector Emil Prevuznak. We opened on December 11 and my work will stay on display in Jyväskylä until January 5.  My Interfields was opened together with the exhibition of Natura Forma by fellow printmaker Juha Laakso, a talented Finnish artist.   With Naoji Ishiyama and Anna-Leena Pesonen Ratamo enchanted me from the first moment I entered…

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Fields awarded at Art Prague

Fields awarded at Art Prague
In Prague with gallerist Jan Čejka who represents me in the Czech Republic.

Last August, an intriguing e-mail landed in my inbox."I have a small gallery in Prague and as I am preparing next year's programme, I decided to contact you," he wrote.The young Czech gallerist Jan Čejka had been following my work for some time back then. He wanted to talk and said a trip to Špačince was no problem for him. And he really did turn up in my studio one day soon after that.  I admit I was a bit hesitant at first, talking to the very young man who travelled all the way from Prague. But during our conversation, my hesitation quickly gave way to enthusiasm. I did not have anyone representing me in the Czech Republic then,…

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My Fields now have their own book

"Fields are encoded in my DNA. They are part of my identity and have taught me how to live." I have welcomed my friends and supporters in my studio on April 30 for an official launch of my new book Fields (Polia).  The book is a retrospect of my work that falls under my Fields project: my oil-on-canvas paintings and prints.  The evening was a nice opportunity to thank all those who stand by me and believe in me, but particularly those who helped me make this book happen. It was a long process, we had worked on the final look of the book since the autumn of 2018. The design proved very complicated, because of folding pages…

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Pollock-Krasner grant will boost my work this year

Pollock-Krasner grant will boost my work this year
Ready to explore new fields this year.

  I have been hard at work from the start of this year on painting more of my Blurred Fields series. I recently took my works to the Cologne Discovery Art Fair and they were received very positively in Germany. It was in Cologne that I got very good news from the US: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation awarded me a grant. I am one of the 111 artists from 17 countries to receive this year’s grant, and the only one from Slovakia. It is very motivating for me to realise that I succeeded in a highly competitive international environment. The award I have received from the foundation will help me focus on my work even better in the coming…

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Father’s field (short film)

Father’s field is a short documentary movie by Richard Chudý, a student of documentary film who works in film production and management. I first met Richard years ago, when he was one of the students in my class. Richard decided to shoot this film, Father’s field, to highlight the parallels of my work as a painter and my ancestors’ work in the fields. https://youtu.be/7NvvD9RmpWM

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Our ateliers on TV

Throwback to November 2017, when the public-service RTVS programme "Slovensko v obrazoch"  featured a story about me and my wife Elena called "The Creative Family".  Take a peek into our ateliers - and our lives. (Click to play the video directly from the RTVS online archive)

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