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Boris Jirků: "Phenomenon"

Author, exhibition title: Boris Jirků: "Phenomenon” 
Venue: The Ján Koniarek Gallery /GJK/ in Trnava, Kopplova vila, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava 
Curator: Miroslav Lipina, Galerie la Femme, Prague
Opening: Thursday, 14 November 2013, 18:00
Duration: 14.11. 2013 – 8.12. 2013


The Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava in cooperation with the La Femme Gallery in Prague for the first time presents to the Trnava audience works by a grand artist of contemporary Czech painting, drawing and graphics.
Boris Jirků was born on 10.4.1955 in Zlín, Moravia. From 1962 he attended the School of Art in Zlín, later he attended the Secondary School of Applied Art in Uherské Hradiště, Department of Painting in Architecture. In 1974 he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Department of Monumental Painting, studio of Arnošt Paderlík. During his studies he was repeatedly awarded a prize by the Academy of Fine Arts. Later he studied in France. For the ODEON publisher in 1984 he illustrated a book by Gabriel García Márquez Chronicle of a Death Foretold for which he received an award titled The Most Beautiful Book of the Year. In 1989 he was actively involved in the Czech and Slovak revival of artistic life and started working for the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague as a college lecturer of figurative drawings. After completing his educational visit to Paris in 1990 he illustrated a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita for which he received an award The Most Beautiful Book in the Czechoslovak Federative Republic. In 1992 he was appointed an associate professor. He is a member of the group Lipany and the Mánes Union of Fine Arts. In 2001 his first monograph My Jungles was published. In 2002 he was appointed a professor of the department of illustration and graphics. After his educational visit to Brazil he illustrated a book by Gabriel García Márquez One Hundred Years of Solitude. In 2004 he initiated an exhibition entitled FIGURAMA. The project involved 15 universities from Europe and the USA. The project launched a tradition and it successfully continues to this day. In 2005 he was awarded a prize of the Slovak Ministry of Culture for Karel Kryl´s bibliophiles The Road is Dust. He published his second monograph My Second Third Eye. In 2006 he was appointed a chancellor of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, but due to discrepancies with the Academic Senate he abandoned the post. He then worked as a supervisor of doctoral studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica.
Most of his work is figurative in nature and it is the richness of acrylic color on a black background that plays an important role in his paintings and graphics. Creation is a parable of modern life with the author´s authentic utterance. Picturesqueness, expressiveness and often even absurdity of stories in the painting categorize Boris Jirků´s work within the school of Czech grotesque paintings. His work is aptly described in this quote: "Boris Jirků is a great painter. He is undoubtedly the greatest painter I have ever met. At the opening ceremony his head towers twenty centimeters above other heads; and a black hat is sitting on the head, which, indeed, can not hinder anybody from seeing since nobody´s head is so high. Boris Jirků has therefore good view. View of everything. Even his canvases are, naturally, large; yet not large enough for him, that is why he paints on frames. ...He is not afraid even those critics who try to tear Boris to pieces … He is a bold, phenomenal painter, he paints his pictures in pure colors - as pure as his soul.

Miroslav Lipina Galerie la Femme, Prague


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sochár Ján Koniarek
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