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Eduard Ovčáček / Three Crooked Circles

1981

OVČÁČEK EDUARD

Eduard Ovčáček is one of the most distinguished artists to have emerged from the Ostrava region or to have worked here. He is significant not only for his artistic oeuvre but also for his personal activity. He was an ambassador for unofficial tendencies and events that he initiated and helped to organise, and he has been a self-sacrificing and tireless champion of higher level artistic education in Ostrava. He completed his art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (1957−1963), where his teacher was Peter Matejka. During his student years he was already a mover and shaker, and after making contact with the artists associated with Confrontations in Prague, he set up Confrontations in Bratislava. He was later a founder and active member of the Club of Concretists. His oeuvre is marked by a constant search for new concepts, materials and experimentation with form, as well as shifting it to new levels. After his initial involvement with the structures of art informel he discovered the letter and sign as one of the formative indicators. He was a foremost lettriste, one of the first in this country, and he also engaged in visual poetry. In his oeuvre one can note digressions from the lettrisme into figural painting akin to Czech grotesque. He is associated significantly with large pictorial collages in which he would use brass matrices of letters to scorch words, sentences and quotations into paper, arranging them on the sheet. Likewise Ovčáček is indelibly linked with Czech serigraphy which he pioneered in this country, developing its scope using geometrical and constructivist techniques. In recent years he has brought his artistic experience to bear on computer graphics. He has received numerous prizes and awards.
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The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

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Marco Bello / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

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Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

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Domenico Fetti / Adonis

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