fbpx
Loading page...
House of Art
10.00–18.00

Bolf, Josef / Untitled

2006

India ink, handmade paper; 420 × 585 mm

purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

His dark canvases subconsciously draw on his generation’s residual memories of their bleak lives under the totalitarian regime, mixed with imprints of personal melancholy and fear. His paintings thematize the trauma of living on Prague’s largest housing estate, to which Bolf and his parents moved while the estate was still under construction. The concrete and mud scenery of this burgeoning urban jungle is depicted as a lair of demonic monsters swallowing fragile children’s souls, and these scenes became an integral part of Bolf’s more general thematization of the apocalypse. Inner traumas are sublimated and metamorphosed into half-human, half-animal beings. Bolf’s canvases are created in multiple layers; he combines paint with distinct features of drawing, collage and airbrushing. He not only lays bare the searing wounds to the human soul, but also “wounds” the painting itself by deliberately allowing paint to run, smudging it and scratching through the surface.

BOLF JOSEF

(1971, Prague) Painter. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1990 to 1998 (under Jiří Načeradský, Vladimír Kokolia and Vladimír Skrepl). In 2005 he was shortlisted for the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize. He took part in residency programmes in Germany, Sweden, and in 2007 at the ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program) in New York City. He was a member of the no longer active ‘Headless Rider’ (Bezhlavý jezdec) group. He has participated in group exhibitions since 1993 (a travelling exhibition by Vladimír Kokolia’s students) and individual exhibitions since 1998. Bolf was one of the few Czech artists represented at the “Decadence Now!” exhibition held at Prague’s Rudolfinum. His works are represented in numerous collections in the Czech Republic and abroad, including the National Gallery in Prague, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the Museum of Art in Olomouc, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, and more. He currently runs a painting studio at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts. Bolf is one of the most distinctive and individual Czech artists of the post-1989 era.
oil, canvas; 75 × 95 cm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2014

Bolf, Josef / At night

(from the series Dark Forest), acrylic, paper; 1370 × 2200 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2005

Bolf, Josef / From Forest

India ink, handmade paper; 420 × 585 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2006

Bolf, Josef / Untitled

India ink, handmade paper; 420 × 585 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2006

Bolf, Josef / Untitled

India ink, handmade paper; 420 × 585 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2006

Bolf, Josef / Untitled

animated film, 10 minutes 32 seconds., purchased 2019 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2014

Bolf, Josef / Heavy Planet

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

1921
Baruch, Josef / Memory of Christmas

Baruch, Josef / Memory of Christmas

undated
Bolf, Josef / At night

Bolf, Josef / At night

2014
Bolf, Josef / From Forest

Bolf, Josef / From Forest

2005
© 2017 Galerie výtvarného umění v Ostravě
Designed by burgrova.tumblr.com     Developed by Ollero