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Jakub Špaňhel (* 1976)

Small Tortoiseshell

mixed media (acrylic, pigment) on canvas
80 x 100 cm
Estimate: 170,000 CZK - 220,000 CZK
Starting price: 90,000 CZK
Current price:
230,000 CZK

mixed media (acrylic, pigment) on canvas, 2022, signed on the reverse, 80 × 100 cm, framed

Jakub Špaňhel is considered a huge talent of the Czech art scene. From the very beginning of his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under the guidance of Milan Knížák and Jiří David, he started to become a sought-after artist among collectors. The characteristic painting style of his, thematically influenced by classical painting, is based on relaxed brushwork and reduced form, through which he makes the essence and energy of the depicted matters stand out. In his works, he depicts traditional topics of strong personal value to him. The motif of butterflies is often repeated in his work and each butterfly painting is entitled after the depicted species. Špaňhel's typical spontaneous expressive gestic brushwork allows him to perfectly capture the fragility and ephemerality of butterfly wings.