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Published 2016-02-20

Petr Gruber, Painter

Petr Gruber's paintings represent the natural world. Usually, he paints it, as he remembers it from his country walks: shapes, scents, sounds and colours. His large-scale, semi-abstract oil paintings depict the beauty of nature, it's uniqueness and tranquility. 



The main idea behind Petr's paintings is that subconscious can store an unlimited amount of memories that can be more authentic than immediate thoughts. According to the theory, Petr's paintings are as authentic as reality. He paints them sequentially, starting with a fundamental memory and particularizing it as he adds on further visions. The more memories brought up, the more specific the painting becomes.


Exhibition view - left to right: Deep Inside the Forest, The Forest Playground, Light behind the Trees, Snow in the Forest I

Natural theme is prevalent in Petr's work, which he believes, is in harmony with human existence. “I like to paint places that are pleasant to me; places seldom searched by men. For me they are joyful and I appreciate their tranquility. Sometimes I include technical elements such as an old house, a lookout tower or a forest pitch, which remind me of human presence. However, the main impulse that gets me painting is always something from the nature, such as glittering snow or gentle wind at the edge of the forest,” explains Petr.


Exhibition at the National Gallery in Prague - left to right: Room, Snow in the Forest II, Deep Inside the ForestForest Playground