On Art and Aesthetics

One of Culture Trip’s “10 Must-Know Contemporary Czech Artists”, London-based Hynek Martinec (website, Instagram) has gained recognition for his dark, haunting imagery that comments on life and death, and engages with historical artistic trends. The painter frequently borrows elements from the Old Masters and situates them in a present-day context. References are also made to literary-philosophical texts and spiritual subjects explored.

Hynek is represented by Parafin Gallery, London. He won the National Portrait Gallery’s 2007 Young Artist Award. His work is included in the collections of the British Museum (London), the National Gallery (Prague), the Sammlung FIEDE (Aschaffenburg, Germany), Standard Chartered Bank (London) and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (London). He will have a major solo exhibition at the National Gallery in Prague in Spring 2018.

I recently caught up with the artist to discuss his background and style. Here he talks about growing up in the Czech Republic and explains…

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