Martin Velíšek

* 1968, Athens (lives and works in Prague)

Yet Martin Velíšek’s production has nothing in common with photography. It is a deeply pictorial adventure, despite the viewer’s hesitation in front of Willem Kalf’s lemons covered with Velíšek’s mould. His performance virtuosity of painting achieves the earlier mentioned flawlessness of photography, but in its own way, it confirms the sovereignty of painting. But the artist’s work often refers to a bigger complex based on a concept which is even greater than painting as such – from interactive solitary picture citations over text works to complex three-dimensional installations using other means of expression (sound, light etc.) Used means of expression serve the author in seeking pictures which have nothing in common with the stream of visual information fired off to us nowadays by the mass media. He explores again the genres of still life, landscape or portrait to retell stories full of smiles. He prolongs the history of old paintings of his favourite Flemish masters to show off their beauty and alongside he tries to argue against perfection, which cannot be flawless, for flawlessness is always the devil’s prey. But we must not settle for looking at Velíšek’s paintings, we have to think about them and search in them. His art is the art of St Thomas, who wants to see with his own eyes to believe and who has to look in a different way because he wants to believe. In this way, he learns to see what reason refuses to believe.

Yari Vaniscotte, Manager of Exhibition Projects, DAEP, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Selected Exhibitions

2019
Portraits / Portréty, Alšova jihočeská galerie, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
MÖBEL, GASK – The Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region / GASK – Galerie Středočeského kraje, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
Graphics of the year 2018 / Grafika roku 2018, Municipal House / Obecní dům, Prague, Czech Republic

2018
Girls / Holky, Rabasova galerie, Rakovník, Czech Republic
Little Red Riding Hood and other stories / Červená Karkulka a jiné příběhy, Galerie Klatovy-Klenová, Czech Republic
Word as a picture / Slovo jako obraz (with Sandra Majerová), MUD, Benešov, Czech Republic
Reality? Reality! (with Šimonem Brejchou) Cermak Eisenkraft Pop Up Galery, SmetanaQ, Prague, Czech Republic
Dialoge, Wilke-Atelier, Bremerhaven, Germany

2017
Nahoře bez (dole taky), Galerie kritiků, Prague, Czech Republic
Selected vision / Vybrané vidění, Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Silence / Mlčení, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Landscape of Šumava, Czech Center, Munich, Germany
Hollar today / Hollar dnes, Municipal House / Obecní dům, Prague, Czech Republic

2016
30 Jahre Wilke-Atelier, DSM Museum, Bremerhaven, Germany
Moving, NTNU Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Échange, Musee Yuki Komachi, Yoetsu, Japan
European Contemporary Print Triennial, Toulouse, France
Darw-in, ANK Gallery, Bremerhaven, Germany
Meet me, Atelier Empreinte, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Der zweite Blick, Gallery Kocheim bei Engel, Luxembourg

2015
Espace, Professorium – Gallery for Contemporary Art (with Simon Brejcha), Würzburg, Germany
Espace, Galerie du Château de Bourglinster (with Simon Brejcha), Luxembourg

2014
Smoke (intervention in the exhibition) / Kouř (intervence v expozici), Regional Gallery in Liberec, Liberec, Czech Republic
Die Dürer Lektion, Wilke-Atelier, Bremerhaven, Germany

2013 Where is my home? / Kde domov můj?, DOX Center of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

2012
Painting / Malba, DOX Center of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
Atelier Zdeněk Beran, Galerie Navrátil, Prague, Czech Republic

2011
Animiaoux, Center d'Art de l'Ancienne Synagogue, La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, France
Cherchez le chat, Werner Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Salon d'Art du Pays fertois, Charly sur Marne, France
26th International Biennial of Art Humor, Tolentino, Italy

2010
Salon d'Art du Pays fertois, Sammeron, France
Graphics of the Year / Grafika roku, Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Republic

2007
Artburger, Burg Galerie, Koblenz, Germany
Graphics of the Year / Grafika roku, Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Republic

2006
Fine Cut, AVU Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Four, Czech Embassy, Washington, USA

2001 Portrait of the Year 2000 / Portrét roku 2000, Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

 

Awards

2019
Winner of the category Big Format Graphics of the year 2018 / Grafika roku 2018, Czech Republic
Honorable Mention in the category Intaglio, Graphics of the year 2018 / Grafika roku 2018, Czech Republic
2017 Winner of the category Intaglio, Graphics of the year 2016 / Grafika roku 2016, Prague, Czech Republic
2014 Honorable Mention in the category of gravure printing, Graphics of the year 2013 / Grafika roku 2013, Czech Republic
2013
Special prize in the category of gravure printing, Graphics of the year 2012 / Grafika roku 2012, Czech Republic
Honorable Recognition in Small Format, Graphics of the year 2012 / Grafika roku 2012, Czech Republic
2011 Main Prize, Intersalon AJV, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
2010 1er Prix, Salon d'Art du Pays fertois, France
2005 Special prize in the category of gravure printing, Graphics of the year 2004 / Grafika roku 2004,, Czech Republic
2003 World Star, world packaging design award (Visage), Barcelona, Spain
2002 Cover of 2002 (Visage), EMBAX, Czech Republic
1997 Award for young author, II. the biennale of the relief object, "Jelinek Stiftung", the Foundation Award for Contemporary Art, Switzerland
1996 Jelinek Stiftung, the Foundation Award for Contemporary Art, Switzerland
1995 finalist SBC European Art Competition, London, United Kingdom
1993 Jelinek Stiftung, the Foundation Award for Contemporary Art, Switzerland

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