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Skrepl, Vladimír / Father

2008

acrylic, board, 62 × 88 cm

purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture

Skrepl’s paintings cannot be viewed solely as formal experiments, but primarily as imprints of a psychological process in which the artist attempts to free himself from rational schemata, deliberate and depictional methods. His unfettered processes naturally generate obsessions which stem from the unconscious and are manifested as figures with long hair, cats and dogs. His paintings are often contaminated with other materials (such as spray), or they metamorphose into three-dimensional trash installations and sculptures. These plastic objects are likewise rooted in his elemental spontaneity, irrationality and subconscious. The endless substructures of materials – stitched, glued and melted together – are not composed deliberately; their layering is again an automatic process. Skrepl occupies a unique position on the Czech art scene – and this is due to his professional background. Having studied art theory, his work represents an inverted, systematic attempt to break down all formal frameworks, enabling the deeper layers of his own psyche to emerge and express themselves spontaneously in his work. By freeing himself from rationality, thought and anchoring, and by abandoning himself to immediate, fluid emotions, he searches for a true expression of his inner self.

These acquisitions are typical examples of Skrepl’s distinctive artistic ethos. They feature obsessive animal iconography and represent imprints of the artist’s actional signature, overlayering and spreading thick layers of paint.

SKREPL VLADIMÍR

(*18. 9. 1955, Jihlava) Painter, though his oeuvre also includes drawings, installations and graphic art. After attending an applied arts college in Brno, Skrepl began his university studies of art history at Masaryk University in Brno (1976–1981). Following his graduation, he held the position of curator at the Prague City Gallery, where he remained for ten years. Since 1994 he has headed a painting studio at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts. Skrepl has won the Michal Ranný Prize (2009) and the Jiří Kovanda Prize (2007). He has been displaying his work at solo exhibitions from the late 1990s, and as part of group exhibitions from the 1980s. He represents the tradition of action painting, which is based on spontaneous automatism. His approach keeps Expressionism alive in painting as an elemental counterpole to the conceptual tendencies which gained predominance on the art scene during the second half of the 20th century.
acrylic, canvas, 205 × 150 cm,  purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture
2011

Skrepl, Vladimír / Nothing will help you

acrylic, canvas, 100 × 150 cm,  purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture
2009

Skrepl, Vladimír /Solitude

Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

undated
Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

1921
Baruch, Josef / Memory of Christmas

Baruch, Josef / Memory of Christmas

undated
Bednář, Daniel / Field

Bednář, Daniel / Field

2011
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