Galerie Václava Špály is a Prague gallery which is named according to Czech artist Václav Špála (1885 – 1946). This place looks like a recently opened center for contemporary art, however it was established in 1957. Galerie Václava Špály held a lot of exhibitions of very well known artists like Veronika Šrek Bromová, František Skála, Martin Mainer, or Otto Placht. Several rooms with the white walls are connected by the black stairs through which we can enter two floors. This black and white impression makes a very good contrast to the glazed outlook which can be found on the top floor.
This gallery is now fulfilled with the paintings of Jakub Špaňhel. This artist enriches the art scene from 1995 when he started to study at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. His work can be divided into two different areas and it can be considered as “a propensity for monochrome and formal reduction or primary emphasis on painting quality; the canvases of the first group are based on a depiction of a specific motif in its typical gestural style” that makes him recognizable on the contemporary scene.
Jakub Špaňhel now presents his work in Galerie Václava Špály at an exhibition Obrazy (Paintings) 1648 – 2016. This exhibition does not compel us to stay in front of the works and guess their meaning for a long time. Špaňhel´s paintings are not realistic, but most of them allow us to recognize the real objects and people in their at first sight blurred representation.
One of the motifs of this exhibition is butterflies and their various portrayals. Their fusion with the background associates the fusion that we have with nature.
The concept of nature is visible not only within the representation of butterflies but also other paintings that portray a history of man and his necessity to “live with nature.”
Jakub Špaňhel is also interested in the representations of other animals:
When we see some paintings of this artist, it may seem that they are abstract works, however when we come closer, we can recognize some concrete objects:
This author also did not forget to paint several persons with original style.
And what are your favorite paintings?