COAXING THE SHAPE OF MATTER

Through paintings inhabited by enigmatic fluttering creatures, rippling with pleasant waveforms and a masterful play of surfaces, Czech painter Jakub Tytykalo teases the viewers' minds with subconscious imagery that materilizes a diferrent inner vision for each perceptive pair of eyes.

WORDS BY THE AUTHOR / In my paintings, I try to be as authentic as possible. I don’t really choose the subjects, I rather let them develop along the process. I think that the pool of images in the subconscious plane of the mind is endless and there is always something that surprises me. I tend to stay on the edge of the descriptive, provoking the audience’s imagination to translate it into its own language. That also connects us on the non-verbal level of understanding, making space for freedom of interpretation.

The Space Passengers

The New Life of the Ancient Ruins

There are, however, sources of inspiration that I have to mention: Gustav Meyrink’s books, in which I’ve found the essence of understanding what the nature of matter is, some of Rudolf Steiner’s texts and, of course, Surrealist an Metaphysical painters. I combine and transmute my personal life with that imagery in attempt to create an artwork that can stand alone, hoping that it would speak to a viewer even a hundred years from today.

The Night Cactus

ABOUT THE AUTHOR / In 2013, Jakub was a student at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid where the Spanish modernist tradition made a strong impression on him. After encountering the works of artists such as the famous Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, his art is even more concerned with imagination combined with Cubist elements. Tytykalo’s colourful collages combine acrylic painting with paper stencils and often reference magical realism or spiritualism.

Riding The Unseen

The Fatherhood

As the Prám Studio, a unique artist residence space that is currently housing his atelier, says about him: “In Jakub Tytykalo’s work, we can trace the inspiration of classical modernism. Fragmented creatures, still lifes, landscapes and, more recently, urban scenes are reminiscent of Cubism in their compositional structure and reduced colour palette. In contrast to the Cubist emphasis on the act of seeing and the problem of depiction, however, Tytykalo turns to the imagination: he models matter in his paintings primarily with an emphasis on its imaginative potential.”

The Unstable Follower

The messages between the lines

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Bio

Jakub Tytykalo is a Czech artist currently residing and working in Prague. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Studio of Graphic Art of Jiří Lindovský. During his studies, he completed internships at Jiří Petrboek’s Drawing Studio, and Jaroslav Róna’s Sculpture Studio and visited the Painting Studio at the University of Madrid as part of the Erasmus programme.

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Artworks / Jakub Tytykalo @jakubtytykadlo

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