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Pavel Šmíd

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About artist

Pavel Šmíd’s pictures represent a demonstration of certain principles and stereotypes linked to human desire and dreams. These are ingeniously strewn around a human consciousness accustomed to perceive mechanically pre-packaged and ultimately never completely processed visual data and to mix it into generally experienced emotions. The consumption of a picture and the “painting” itself becomes the ironic leitmotif of Šmíd’s formally crystallised and internally unified artwork. This involves the “showing” or “exposure” of other meanings and contexts, those behind the things, semi-finished products, which are created by a purposefully configured media reality. The artificial space, the unnatural posture of a figure, the stylised angles of the perspective, the facial expressions, the free colour schemes, the hyper-realistic description of material detail, the emphasis on fashion elements such as hairstyle, makeup, jewels, etc., this is the spectrum of procedures which participates in the creation of a perfect configurative environment or the act of presentation. The filtering of materiality follows concrete ideological objectives, in this case temptation on the level of consumption.


However, the opposite approach makes an appearance too, which clashes with the perfect retouching already mentioned and exposes imprecision, flaws, errors – for instance the open acknowledgement of a viewpoint or discourse in painterly stylisation (photography, magazine pictures, illustration), the blatant injection of valid information, the mix of retro-motifs mutually unrelated to any specific period, the substitution of expected signals – colour, violent gestures, ambivalence in the reading of significance (dance – combat; pistol as weapon – pistol as game, model – vampire, a sleeping bag as a functional item – the painterly likeness of a sleeping bag), etc. Here for a change the artist’s imagination is filtered, which never openly blasts into an extreme, does not slip into the void, but always sarcastically blends into the experienced, the generally known forms and backdrop of commonplace banality and the tired matrix.

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Petr Vaňous



1992 stipend at Polytechnic School, Nottingham, Great Britain
1990-1997 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (prof. Jiří Sopko)
1979-1982 SUPŠ Prague


Solo exhibitions
Good Morning (s. D. Davidem a J. Czesaným), Galerie Caesar, Olomouc

Okrašlující spolek Dubá (společně s D. Davidem)

Galerie XXL, Louny (LUX)
Galerie Louvre, Praha
Městská galerie Krnov (Sukně a jiné obaly)

Galerie VŠUP, Praha (Čínská lázeň) (katalog)
Galerie Hlučín (Lesní démon)

Antikvariát Ouky-Douky Coffee, Praha (Kunst dem Volk)

Antikvariát „Černý pavouk“, Ostrava, Grafika

Galerie „261“, Ostrava (Levým okem – pravou rukou)

Antikvariát „Černý pavouk“, Ostrava (Spiklenci)
Galerie Pecka, Praha (Eletroaspik)

Langův dům, Frýdek – Místek (Zahradníkův rok)

GFJ/ Sankturinovský dům, Kutná Hora
Antikvariát „Černý pavouk“, Ostrava

Galerie Fiducia, Frýdek – Místek
Divadlo hudby, Olomouc

Galerie Kopeček Ostrava – Grafika



Vaňous Petr: katalog výstavy "6. května", Galerie NoD - Roxy, Praha 2003

Vaňous Petr: katalog výstavy ARTNOW.CZ, Výstavní síň Mánes, Praha 2003

Malá Olga - Srp Karel - Vaňous Petr: katalog výstavy Perfect Tense/ Malba dnes, Jízdárna Pražského hradu, Praha 2003-04

Ševčíková Jana: katalog výstavy Pavel Šmíd/ Čínská lázeň, Výstavní síň VŠUP, Praha 2003

Good Morning/ Dobré ráno (text: Petr Vaňous), Galerie Caesar, Olomouc 2007, nestr.

GA2LERIE (Vaňous Petr ed. ), vydal Kulturní týdeník A2, s.r.o. jako přílohu v roce 2007

P. Vaňous, Resetting/ Jiné cesty k věcnosti/ Alternative Ways To Objektivity (katalog výstavy), GHMP - Městská knihovna, 21. 12. 2007 - 23. 3. 2008, nestr., Praha 2008

P. Vaňous, Daň z přidané hodnoty, in: S. Baborovská - K. Srp (ed.), Po sametu, katalog expozice, GHMP a Arbor Vitae, Praha 2009


Rezler Aleš: Zajíčci a jezdci malíře Pavla Šmída, Denní telegraf, roč. 5, č. 67, 1996, s. 13

Lahoda Vojtěch: Jak se propírá malba, Tvar 17/2004, s. 13

Pesch Miroslav: Lux, Ateliér 2/2006, s. 5

Vaňous Petr: Malířská škola Jiřího Sopka, A2 kulturní týdeník 17/ 2006, s. 8

Vaňous Petr: Sebeobrana, A2 kulturní týdeník 17/2007, s. 26-27

Vaňous Petr: Cynický "realismus" a jeho reklamace, Revolver revue 76/ 2009, s. 77 - 90


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