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Published 2017-01-01

Adam Velisek, Sculptor

When we asked Adam about his inspiration, we were pleasantly surprised by his answer. The young artist gets ideas for his ultra-modern sculptures from the arts of the distant past. Adam’s sculptures are rich in cultural and historical references and draw attention to current issues such as consumerism.


Dog Torsos is a series of ceramic sculptures. The material, ceramics, is one of the oldest materials used in art, and the dog shapes are inspired by Ancient Greek vessels. They look delicate, but they are very strong, because they have been created by slipcasting - a method in which liquid clay is poured into plaster molds and fired in an industrial kiln. The industrial fabrication creates a link to mass production: the dogs could be made in an unlimited amount of copies, but they are not. Adam puts emphasis on making each dog unique - the way it should be with any consumer products. To distinct one dog from another, Adam leaves in lines from the casting, which are unique to each dog. The Dog Torsos come in four colours: russet, red, ochroid and anthracite, and in two paw positions.


Dog Torso (series), 2013, ceramics, 15 x 16 x 40 cm approx., each

Clockwise: Plaster moulds for Dog Torso, Dog Torso - side view, Adam in his studio, Dog Torso - front view


Another example of Adam's work is a concrete bas-relief, Cyclists, which was his final project at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In Cyclists , Adam found inspiration in Assyrian reliefs of hunting scenes. Cyclists depict a sport scene, which is a modern activity. The art form of the relief, however has roots two and a half millenia ago in the ancient Assyrian empire. The four panels of Cyclists can be presented together or as individual pieces.


Cyclists, 2011 - four panels, concrete, 153 x 41 cm each panel


Last year Adam received an MA in Sculpture at the University of Fine Arts in Prague and carries on working hard. We can look forward to his new sculptures, inspired by his favorite animal, the dog.


Dog on Wheels II, 2013, 24 x 9 x 14 cm, bronze, iron