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Published 2019-01-01

Pavel Samlik, Painter

As Pavel likes to say: It was the Art that found him.
When he was a boy he never used to miss an opportunity to draw and paint. His passion has prevailed, and painting has become an inseparable part of his life - a way of capturing impressions and beauty of the surrounding world. Influenced by 19th century, French, landscape painters, especially Barbizon School, Pavel sketches directly from nature - en plein air.


In 1830s the Baribizon School artists settled near Fontainebleau Forest in France to paint natural scenes of their native land. Painting en plein air allowed them to capture the nature’s features, changes due to light and weather, and eternity. Prominent features of the school were tonal qualities, colour, loose brushwork and softness of form. In a similar manner, Pavel paints his landscape scenes.


Afternoon, 2016, oil on canvas, 110 x 100 cm

Pavel works spontaneously, which allows him to convey the harmony of the landscape, as reflected in Afternoon, Storm and Dawn. Pavel invites the viewer to sit back and relax, savor the light breeze, breathe the sweet scent of the air before the storm, watch the morning mist, rolling over in meadows.


Storm, 2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm


Despite the 19th century influence Pavel's art is contemporary. He often adds abstract elements, which result in fresh, modern paintings. They celebrate the scenery of the present day and invite the spectator to cherish it.

Since nature can also be brought indoors, paintings such as Cup and Indoor Plant have a well-deserved place in Pavel’s portfolio.


   Left: Indoor Plant, 2007, oil on hardboard, 50 x 70 cm       Right: Cup, 2016, oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm


Pavel with Czech senator Leopold Sulovsky and the founder of Young Real Art, Jana Lastovka at the opening of his exhibition at the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic in 2016.