Tomáš Jetela

(CZE)

Tomáš Jetela (1986) is exceptional for being a consistent figural painter on the Czech art scene of his generation. The word “expression” belongs among the terms which play a crucial role in the case of this painter. On one hand, it is connected with Jetel’s constant effort to capture the inner side of the characters through concentration or by contrast through the emptiness of a face, where, together with the emphasis on gestures of hands, his painter’s attention is primarily focused. On the other hand, it includes a distinctive expression that forms the foundation of his visual message. The thing is that, over time, Tomáš Jetela has developed a specific formal expression based on a free combination of paintings, drawings and collages.

Painting connected with drawing linearity and cuttings from books or magazines is also the starting point of his contemporary visual handwriting. It has largely become not only a reliable Jetel’s identi­fication sign, but – no matter how his style of working is based on intuitiveness – it also allows him to use different quality of individual media creatively to reinforce the emotive aspect of paintings, indicate an unexpected context or stressed the centre of his compositions. It is the discreet, but subsequently more effective combination of body game with the stratified way of its formal mediation that is the essence of the special attraction of distinctive and expressive painting of Tomáš Jetela.

The theme of his works are people, or, more precisely, man, as these are often solitaries. Even though these are characters which are not connected with the author by any direct link, it is apparent from the way of display that his relation to them is quite certainly not neutral. In this respect, it is possible to talk about his paintings as personal and knowing that world-renowned artists often serve him as models, the term personality is not unreasonable. This is also supported by Jetela’s habit to quote in hints some of the stylish mannerisms of favourite painters, such as Bacon, Goya, Schiele, in his work.

Education:

2005 – 2011

  • Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, atelier of Michael Rittstein

2001 – 2005

  • Secondary School of Arts and Vrafts in Brno

Solo Exhibitions:

2015 / 2016

  • Vanitas, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague

2014

  • Dreams on Waves, Galerie D9, České Budějovice
  • Paranormal Riddle, chateau Austerlitz, Slavkov u Brna
  • Happy Ghosts, River Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko
  • Vacuum, Galerie Fenestr, Prague
  • The Moment of Stardom, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague

2013

  • Hollywood Part III, Galerie Kritiků, Prague
  • Hollywood Part II, Galerie K.ART.ON, Prague
  • Hollywood Part I, Artschool, Brno
  • Bird Thieves, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague

2012

  • Shards of Memory, Knihovna Karla Dvořáčka, Vyškov
  • Girls, Bones and Blue Guy, Galerie Malostranská Beseda, Prague
  • Behind Polyhedral Mirror, Galerie Laboratorio, Prague
  • Library, Galerie Mladých, BKC Brno

2010

  • What more can we do? What more can be done? Galerie AVU, Prague

Group Exhibitions:

2014

  • AAA Benefice, Galerie Kritiků, Praha
  • 24 hodin / experimentální výstavní projekt, Kulturpark, Košice, Slovakia

2013

  • Plej! Slezskoostravská Galerie, Ostrava
  • Paintomorrow, Era svět, Prague
  • I'm Somebody Else, Galerie Kritiků, Prague
  • Exhibition of Finalists of the 6th Art Critique Prize for Young Painting 2013, Galerie Kritiků, Prague

2012

  • Paintomorrow, Galerie Šumperka, Šumperk
  • Kolaboratorio vol. II, Budova Orco, Prague

2011

  • Academy of Fine Art in Prague Graduates 2011, Karlínské haly, Praha

2010

  • Next targets, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague
  • Faith and Devotion, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague

2009

  • PAINt, Galerie Šumperka, Šumperk

2008

  • Blooming Milk, Galerie AVU, Prague
  • My Cup of Tea, Galerie AVU, Prague

2007

  • Masks, Scarabeus Gallery, Prague

Intenship:

2009

  • Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, atelier of Jan Merta

2008

  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Awards:

2013

  • winner of the 6th Art Critique Prize for Young Painting

2008

  • winner of Arte Emocion
Tomáš Jetela
Tomáš Jetela

Tomáš Jetela

*1986, graduate from Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

Route 66, oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm, 2016 Giant from the closet, oil, collage and synthetic paint on canvas, 200 x 160 cm, 2016 Plein Air, oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm, 2016 Black Stars and Invisible Skull, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 2016 Bathroom in Venice, mixed media on canvas, 150 x 100 cm, 2015 Loki, oil and synthetic paint on canvas, 150 x 100 cm, 2016 (private collection) Untitled, combined technique on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2015 (private collection) From series Vanitas, oil on canvas, 215 x 220 cm, 2014, (private collection) From series Hollywood, combined technique on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2013 (private collection) From series Bird Thieves, oil on canvas, 200 x 125 cm, 2013 (private collection) Untitled, combined technique on canvas, 200 x 160 cm, 2015 From series Vanitas, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm, 2015 (private collection) Untitled, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm, 2015 (private collection)