The world depicted in the paintings of Tomáš Spevák is caught in a permanent state of aftermath. The architectural and natural settings in his paintings have been destroyed - not by the slow entropy of time, but by some more sudden, recent cataclysm of war or weather. Cleanup crews in gas masks and protective suits are on the scene. It’s not safe for civilians to return home, at least not yet; the situation has not been stabilized. Despite the intimate scope of the scenes - one house, perhaps half a block - it’s somehow clear the destruction is widespread. Despite the presence of responders and assessors, it’s unclear if there are plans to rebuild. It is always the aftermath.
Most often, the buildings reduced to rubble are residential rather than institutional, symbols of everyday life laid low by unseen forces. Feral plants and unsupervised children offer dark sparks of hope that something might yet survive, creating surreal narrative symbolism as the human impulse for storytelling pushes back against the confusion of the tumult. This effect is heightened by his deft merging of abstract and figurative modalities within the structure of the compositions themselves, wherein objects that were already coming apart suddenly stop in mid-render and literally bleed into trails of pure gesture, iconography washed away like tears in rain. In this way he not only depicts but evokes the poetic texture of his generation’s and his nation’s in-between existence, expressing the human condition through a rich art historical language of form and theory.
Shana Nys Dambrot (Art Critic, Los Angeles, USA)
Shortly About Me
2005 – 2011 Faculty of Fine Arts – Rybářská 13/15, 603 00 Brno, Czech republic
Studio of painting
2001 – 2005 Secondary School of Applied Art, Žižkovo square 1, 130 00, Prague 3
Studio of applied painting
2016 Participation at collective exhibition "Prague stuckists" in Town museum in Brno (Špilberk 210/1, 662 24 Brno)
Participation at art fair "Los Angeles Art Show" (Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street West Hall, Los Angeles, CA)
2015 Exhibition of Alex Art Gallery in Los Angeles (2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica)
Participation at art fair called "Art Prague 2015" (Náměstí Franze Kafky 3, Prague)
2014 Individual exhibition called "Still on the way" in the Alex Art Gallery (Švábky 52/2, Prague 8)
Collective exhibition called "Vernissage night" in the Alex Art Gallery (Švábky 52/2, Prague8)
Participation at art fair called "Art Prague 2014" (Náměstí Franze Kafky 3, Prague)
2013 Individual exhibition "Different way" in the Alex Art Gallery (Ostromečská 437, Prague 3)
Individual exhibition "Free world" in the Town Museum in Čelákovice (Na Hrádku 464)
2012 Individual exhibition "Free world" in the gallery Mainerova (Balbínova 28, Prague)
Individual exhibition "Paintings" in the gallery of School of applied art (Žižkovo náměstí, Prague 3)
2011 Collective exhibition of lectors from the public courses in Café Jericho (Opatovická 26, Prague 1)
Individual exhibition "Create your own world" in the area of the company TFC (Francouzská 30, Prague 2)
2009 Exhibition called "Deep inside" with Tomáš Tichý in the gallery of Academy of fine arts in Prague
Collective exhibition of the students of the painting studio in gallery Dolmen in Brno
Collective exhibition of the students of the painting studio in (A)Void gallery in Prague
Individual exhibition in the chateau Karlova Koruna (Chlumec nad Cidlinou)
2008 Individual exhibition in Čerčany
Collective exhibition of the students of the painting studio in gallery Sýpka
2006 Collective exhibition of the students of the painting in the Town theater in Brno
Really enjoyed looking at your work. I enjoyed the graphic nature and blend of drawing and painting, as in not to much blending and smoothness. The roughness and "sketchy" appeal of drawings is evident in your painting style. I also like appreciate your wanting to share and spread a message of forgotten strife and pain of people and communities. It is hard to depict a broad idea in a work, but you get your ideas across that involves thought, but not overly complicated interpretation. Keep up the hard work
Vaše tvorba je absolutně fascinující a pokaždé mě dokáže znovu pohltit a znovu inspirovat. DÍKY!
Krásný pane profesore, hlavně rok 2012 je pecka ;)
stránky super, ale ty obrazy jsou neuvěřitelný. absolutně mě vtáhly.
Jsou prodejné? příp. za kolik.
Moc hezke webovky :-)
Krásné stránky ;)