Petr Gruber, Painter
Petr Gruber's paintings represent the natural world. He often paints it as he remembers it from his country walks: the shapes, scents, sounds and colours. His large-scale, semi-abstract oil paintings depict the nature's beauty, 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. Therefore paintings are as authentic as reality. Deep Inside the Forest depicts dark pines. Painting them allowed Petr to re-experience the walk to the forest at dusk and transmit it to the spectator. Under the Hill is a memory of watching the nature from a hideout behind grass reeds.
Petr makes his paintings sequentially, starting with a fundamental memory that he particularizes and adds on further visions. The more memories brought up, the more specific the painting becomes.
The concept of the natural world is prevalent in Petr's work, which 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 can appreciate their tranquility. I sometimes 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 a natural one, such as glittering snow or gentle wind at the edge of the forest,” explains Petr.