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Jaroslav Valečka

 

Jaroslav Valečka’s (1972) paintings seem at a first glance very quietly moody, yet he sais that they portray places he spends time at mixed with his own intense vision of the places he experiences.

The Lusatian Mountains know for its vast forests, deserted picturesque villages have deeply influenced Valečka’s artworks. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and Prague is also his place of residence. However, he spent a significant part of his life in the country, namely in Northern Bohemia. His bond with the dark romance of Northern Bohemia can clearly be identified in the themes of his work and leaves visible marks on the character of his artistic personality.

Valečka has never been, nor ever aspires to be an ambitious leader of artistic avant-garde. In fact, the power of his paintings rests in a particular intimacy of his work and also in an exceptionally balanced quality of his artistic production.

 

 


 

 

 

This monographic publication offers a representative and comprehensive look at Jaroslav Valečka’s work from the years 2010-2015. It presents an artist who has established himself as a distinctive member of the middle generation of artists, as someone who draws on the long tradition of Czech landscape painting and symbolist imagination. Besides his typical enchanted landscapes with distant horizons and magical lighting, the book also explores the hidden, inner sources of his work, revealing the influences of the landscape of his childhood, the darkly melancholy environment of the Lusatian Mountains and the “chilling” stories of their inhabitants.

The introductory essay was penned by renowned British art theorist and curator Edward Lucie-Smith, who has written more than a hundred publications in the fields of art history and poetry. His best-known book, Art Today (1995), remains an indispensable guide to contemporary international art. Other informed studies on Valečka’s work were written by art historians Martina Vítková and Rea Michalová and curator Veronika Marešová.

 

 


 

 

Paintings in print quality (300dpi) to download:

 


Jaroslav Valečka - portrait

 

 

Mlčení, 2016, 170 x 120 cm
The Silence, 2016, 170 x 120 cm

  

Delirium, 100 x 70 menší
Delirium, 100 x 70 cm, oil on canvas

 

Zlatý hřeb, 100 x 70 menší
A Golden nail, 100 x 70 cm, oil on canvas

 

Noc, 150 x 100 menší
Night, 150 x 100 cm, oil on canvas

 

Hory, 2018, 120 x 210 menší
The Mouintains, 2018, 120 x 210cm, oil on canvas

 

Let, 1250 x 210 cm menší
The Flying, 125 x 210 cm, oil on canvas

 

J. Valečka, Sťatý kohout,  2020, 150 x 100
J. Valečka, Sťatý kohout,  2020, 150 x 100 cm

 

J. Valečka, Hlava, 2020, 150 x 115
J. Valečka, Hlava, 2020, 150 x 115 cm

 

J. Valečka, Vodní dýmka 2, 90 x 70
J. Valečka, Vodní dýmka 2, 90 x 70 cm

 

J. Valečka, Blesk 125 x 143 cm
J. Valečka, Blesk 125 x 143 cm

 

Pohřeb šumaře, 2018, 170 x 125 cm
Pohřeb šumaře, 2018, 170 x 125 cm

 

Rozstřelená hlava, 70 x 80, 2017
Rozstřelená hlava, 70 x 80, 2017

 

Maškary, 170 x 125, 2020
Maškary, 170 x 125, 2020