Paintings from Mars

Paintings from Mars

As I have done many times in the past, I flew to the Canary Islands for a while in January. For me, it’s a perfect place for winter escapes. Everything I ever needed is there. Romantic landscapes, wild sea, slower life, fresh food …. ah, already planning my next trip.
But this time I longed for a desert, so I chose Fuerteventura.
I was painting there quite a bit. And I brought back canvases  that upon return surprised me with their earthy colors. I wouldn’t paint anything like that here in the Czech Republic. Places clearly have influence on how I work. That’s one of the reasons I consider painting things directly so important.


What's coming in 2024?

2023 is behind us. It has been a beautiful if not a bit strange year for me. Much work has been done though and a way more is coming in 2024. So I thought I would share a glimpse of what to look forward to.
  • From the end of April, a solo exhibition in the Rabas gallery in Rakovník.
  • In May, a joint exhibition with a fellow painter Zdenek Daňek in the Gallery 9 in Prague.
  • A group exhibition in the Kooperativa gallery in Prague is under discussion.
  • I’m looking forward to three residencies this year. Taiwan in March, Italy in June and Austria in September.
  • There’s also one secret thing related to the caves in Romania. But more on that later.
  • and maybe finally a biographical book that I’ve been working on? 🙂

And so I will look forward to meeting you and I promise I won’t back down.
Anyway, I wish you much joy, abundance and inspiration in the 2024,
Sincerely,
Tomas


"Gamekeeper Realism" - Group Exhibition

I will have one very large painting there. I worked on it for two years. So far, only those who have visited my studio have seen it. And the whole action will be good.

 

Facebook event

Dear art lovers,
accept an invitation to the opening of the wittiest exhibition of 2023
Gamekeeper realism vol. 2
which will take place on Friday December 1st, 2023 from 5pm till 9pm in the Portheimka Gallery, náměstí 14. října 68/14, Prague 5 – Smíchov.
The exhibition will last from 2.12. 2023 through 15.1. 2024.
Exhibition curator: Filip Kůrka
Co-curator: Štěpán Mikulenka
Opening night music: TBA
More than 20 artists are participating.
We look forward to meeting you!
Warmly,
The Chemistry Gallery

And the teaser for the painting (It’s in the background):


Green Paintings From Summer

Czech Landscape
In Spring and Summer

No place on Earth is like my homeland. I can travel and paint all over the world, but here I see more. Memories, warmth, safety, ….. home.

Sometimes people tell me that my paintings remind them childhood memories that they never thought they had. Nothing makes me happier than hearing this.

In about a month I will send pictures from the second half of the summer.

And something else is also coming. Completely new stuff. It will still take years before it gets some definite form, but it’s progressing and it’s exciting.

Best, Tomas


Paintings from Greece

When I was heading to Greece this year, I thought I would paint the sea. I was especially looking forward to capturing rocky coasts and turqouise seas.
But everything turned out differently. In the end, I painted cypress trees and a cloudy skies. Because the weather was everything but sunny and Kefalonia turned out to be a place where wild cypresses grew exactly as I’ve been trying to find them for so long.
For me, these trees are a symbol not only of the Mediterranean, but also of the myth of Arcadia – something that has been in my mind for a while and that I’ve been developing in the studio.

Yours, Tomas

P.S.: I also made bunch of decent watercolors:


Paintings from Italy

Most people go straight to Rome from the airport, spend few days there and maybe visit Tivolo as an extra day trip.
However, I already had spent a month in Rome a few years ago, so this time I decided to focus on the rest of the region which I had unjustfully neglected. Some of my more important stops were: Cerveteri, Monterano, Tarquinia, Anquillaira Sabazia, Tivoli, Orvietto.
And I painted there too. Seven decent oils and several watercolours came out of the trip.

If you are interested in any, feel free to let me know.
Yours, Tomas


OBSCURUM - Solo Show

Everyone is kindly invited to visit my new solo show in Jan Cejka Gallery in Prague.

There will be 7 new nocturnal paintings on display + some on demand plein air pieces.

Opening on May 17 at 19:00.

 

Hybernská 4, Praha 1, 110 00, Prague, Czech Republic


Before Spring

Bare trees. Bushes. All shades of brown and gray colors. Boring for many people. An opportunity for me.

Although I look forward to spring like all the rest of us, I’m always a little sad that I won’t be able to paint bare spooky trees anymore.

Trees without leaves reveal their character much better. I enjoy observing and painting them.


NFT

Dark Triptych

This world
A fading
Mountain echo
Void and
Unreal
Ryōkan

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Into the Night

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Roof of the World

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Paintings of Snow

It has occurred to me several times that if I have been negleting something in plein air for a long time, it is paintings with snow. The reason is obvious. I live in Prague and it just doesn’t snow here that much.

But this year I decided to be a little more proactive and take advantage of every opportunity. When it snowed in Prague, I was outside every day. And if not, I drove somewhere further where the snow fell.

Of course I was cold, naturally snowflakes got into my paints and then they became unusable paste and you bet that each time my fingers froze to the point that I was barely able to put things back to backpack. But discomfort and personal sacrifices are part of the story of painting in plein air.