acrylic on canvas, 2014, signed on the reverse, 95 × 125 cm, framed
Jan Pištěk is an important person in the generation of contemporary Czech artists who came to prominence at the start of the 1990s. His characteristic painting style, which has evolved through many stages, has attained a harmonious blend of realistic and abstract expressions and a unique symbiosis of reality and fiction. In his work, he gradually departed from traditional painting techniques and developed his own personal style, combining non-traditional processes and materials. By pouring colour layers, inserting small objects into his paintings, and printing or transferring projected pictures, he has found a unique, visually attractive artistic self-expression, whose appeal stems from the ever-present association of multiple meanings which stimulate the beholder's imagination. Moonlit Night I comes from a series of two paintings created at the Art Symposium in Mikulov. Pištěk was inspired by the summer night with such an intense moonlight that almost no stars could be seen through it; only distant clouds floating across the sky in the strong moonlight greatly stimulated the artist's imagi nation. The two paintings from the series are closer to each other than any other because their expression is based on the used monotype technique, which in this case the artist had to plan very carefully in order to achieve the desired and very contemplative effect of the night sky lit by the full moon. The work comes directly from the artist's atelier.