Nikl, Petr / Eyes of an Indian (Indian)
oil, canvas, 155,5 × 180,5 cm
purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture
The painting Eyes of an Indian forms part of a series of portraits dating from the late 1990s and depicting Native Americans. It represents a phase of Nikl’s career in which he explored the reciprocal links and boundaries between photography and painting, manifested in “photographic realism” or illusory paintings depicting photographic negatives. This fascination can be seen in the painting’s smoothness and somewhat veiled atmosphere.