Four Seasons Hotel Prague has created a unique private tour for those who love contemporary art and would like to explore the Czech art scene. In cooperation with the local The Chemistry Gallery, Four Seasons offers an opportunity to meet young, talented Czech painters in their private ateliers.
The ateliers are selected based on guests’ preferences in style. Four Seasons and The Chemistry compiled a list of talented artists representing various techniques and design – from graffiti through more classic to abstract and figurative.
Petr Zezula, chef concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Prague, says: “The possibility to meet local painters in their ateliers and talk about their work is definitely a unique and memorable experience. After experiencing the tour myself and listening to artists talking about their work, what motivates them, how they are expressing themselves on canvas, I was amazed and saw the art with different eyes. I would recommend this tour not only to art lovers but also guests who might want to learn about art in general. Moreover, it is a perfect way to relax your mind and focus only on something beautiful.”
About the Artists
Jan Kalab, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, is one of the pioneers of the Czech graffiti scene. Kalab created his first graffiti piece as a 15 year old. In 2000 he visited New York where, as the icing on the cake of his rogue creations, he created several panels on the New York subway and the “oneman colour wholecar.” In 2001 he shifted the boundaries of graffiti and became one of the first plastic 3D graffiti artists in the world.
Jakub Sveda first appeared on the contemporary art scene in 2000. His work is characterized by various linguistic codes that combine, confront and interlace. One of these was derived from the digital imaging of the internal structure of the body used in modern medicine, another referenced the world of contemporary design and visual communication with various logotypes, pictograms and short texts in typical advertising fonts.
Václav Misa?, a graduate of the studio of Jiri Sopek of Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, arranges his pictures in a way that strengthens the visual whole – dramatizing the inner display of painting convention and provoking our experience, awareness and imagination, thereby strongly engaging our sensory perception. The colour composition of the pictures itself awakens certain feelings and inspires reminiscences. Misar in these new pictures concentrates primarily on the architecture and atmosphere of the picture and in this he sees an affinity with musical composition.
Lucie Skrivankova is a graduate of the Academy of Graphic Art in Prague and the studio of Michael Rittstein. She displays superior works on the frontier between realistic architectural imagery and abstractly reached specific expressive rhythmic compositions, of time and using multiple perspectives. In her canvasses she is projecting her unrepeatable fragmented views that are anchored into her memory onto the architectural spaces and urban neighbourhoods that shape and mark her living space and personal experience.
Zdenek Trs is a graduate of the Academy of Graphic Art in Prague, and the studio of classical painting of Professor Zdenek Beran. His canvasses carry predominantly figurative motifs and he casually plays with characters in his works. Zdenek is lining up to be one of the best young figuralists of the contemporary artistic scene.
Tomas Nemec is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, from the studio of Michael Rittstein. Nemec’s work is marked by characteristic painting gestures, which spring up from the dialogue of his own painter’s vision and the history of painting art. A fascination with the iconic character Edith Piaf on the one hand and a diary of notes of everyday scenes on the other bear signs of this confrontation.
The three hour tour includes visits to three ateliers, limousine transfers and private guide from The Chemistry gallery, and is priced at EUR 300.00. Visits to the ateliers available by appointment only and based on availability.
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