Black Bamboo, 2023
Mini tokonoma series
14 x 14 cm (painting)
16 x 16 cm (frame)
A fusion of two significant, symbol-laden elements, both associated with longevity and strength, simplicity and happiness. I wanted to depict the macaque as a brooding, slightly melancholic and pensive being, and the bamboo as a changing, impermanent element. It is gilded with 24K, gold leaf.
The Mini Tokonoma series comprises six watercolours set deep within the frame, creating an imaginary niche of the tokonoma, an important part of Japanese architecture. Gold is present in each of the works in this series, which reacts differently each time when the light is reflected, enhancing the depth of each scene in the painting. D. B.
About the artist
Born in 1989, Trinec, Czech Republic
2008 - 2015 Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Rep. - Studio of Illustration and Graphics of MgA. Milan Horvath
2014 - 2015 Acedemy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia - Studio of Free Printmaking and Illustration of prof. Dusan Kallay, akad. mal.
2013 University of Toyama, Japan - Fine Art
2015 On the Border of Noticeable, Municipal Library of Prague, Czech Rep.
2011 Travel Memories, Cafe Kluv, Prague, Czech Rep.
2008 Ritual of Light, Tea Rooms Pod Kastany, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Rep.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016 Art Prague 2016, Kafka's House, Prague, Czech Rep.
2014 Seos (Blend), L'Ensemble Gallery, Toyama, Japan
2013 Print of the Year 2013, Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Rep.
2013 The Most Beautiful Books of 2013, Museum of Czech Literature, Prague, Czech Rep.
2011 Print of the Year 2011, Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Rep.
News about the work
The 22nd edition of the Art Prague contemporary art fair took place in Prague during the first week of November 2023. It offered works from almost all art disciplines, from painting, drawing, and graphics to sculpture and installation.