mixed media (acrylic, pastel) on canvas, 2022, signed on the reverse, 150 × 100 cm
The paintings of the contemporary Czech painter and graphic artist Karel Štědrý are at first glance very recognisable by their bold colours and distinctive brushwork, which were formed when he worked with Josef Achrer, David Hanvald, Martin Krajc, and Ondřej Maleček in the group Obr., an artistic group which, at the time of the adoration of conceptualism, did not betray the medium of painting and, on the contrary, began to engage it in a broader historical context as well as internationally. The gradual development of his artistic expression led Karel Štědrý from figurative painting through popular scenes of breakdance to geometric abstract expression, which remains a significant of his style presently. However, his expression never lacked plasticity, which seems to let the individual geometric forms emerge from his paintings. He uses children's modelling clay to intensify the feeling of plasticity. Before he starts working on a painting, he creates an object from modelling clay, transfers it to a graphics programme, and uses the result as a sketch and sometimes a basis for his paintings. The presented work belongs to the series entitled Ships and was selected for the auction directly from the artist's atelier.