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Oľga Bartošíková: Pictures (1957 – 2013)

Author, exhibition title: Oľga Bartošíková Pictures (1957 – 2013)
Venue: The Ján Koniarek Gallery /GJK/ in Trnava, Kopplova vila, Zelený kríček 3
Curator: PhDr. Štefan Zajíček 
Opening: Thursday, 12 September 2013, 16:30, Ján Koniarek Gallery, 
Koppel villa, Trnava
Duration: 12.9. – 6.10.2013


The Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava in collaboration with the gallery Záhorská galéria Jána Mudrocha in Senica and the Town of Holíč prepared an exhibition entitled Oľga Bartošíková Pictures (1957 - 2013), held between 12 September and 6 October 2013 in the Ján Koniarek Gallery, Kopplova vila, Zelený kríček 3 in Trnava. The exhibition organized in a cycle of exhibitions entitled Artists of Záhorie had its spring premiere in Senica and in Holíč in summer.
Oľga Bartošíková, Slovak painter, was born on 18 August 1922 in Holíč, Záhorie, where she spent her childhood. After graduating from high school in Skalica she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Prague under professor Ján Želibský between 1945 – 1950. In 1951 she married the famous Czech art critic Ľubor Kára and in 1957 with her husband and daughters Darina and Elena she moved to Bratislava where she later became a member of the Union of Slovak Visual Artists. In 1958 together with Jarmila Čihánková, Tamara Klimová and Viera Kraicová she created the Group 4 which existed until 1967. At present, the academic painter Oľga Bartošíková is a member of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts – Association of Free Visual Artists in Bratislava, she participates in the annual exhibitions and activities of this professional association.
Since the early 60s up to now Oľga Bartošíková organized eighteen solo exhibitions and participated in dozens of group exhibitions in Slovakia and abroad. She applies herself mostly to free visual arts – cabinet painting; in the 70s and 80s she also realized her works of architecture in Slovakia and Bohemia. Works by Oľga Bartošíková can be found in the collections of Slovak galleries and private collections.
During more than sixty years the lifelong art work of academic painter Oľga Bartošíková passed through varied development in the fields of portrait, figurative compositions and still-life. In the first stage (in the second half of the 50s) she based her work on expressionism in a planar decorative approach. During relaxed prolific 60s the author expanded the character subsurface abstract creation, often even tragic, of lonely monuments and burning cathedrals performed via rich impasto structures resembling the structural informel painting, actual at that time. At the turn of the 60s and the 70s she excelled with installations of entire settings of objects inspired by new figuration in nude art fragments, mostly of a female body, in planar silhouettes with compositions of the senses – eyes, hands and mouth. Since the beginning of the 70s with the onset of normalization period the painter applies herself to still-life painting of enlarged hyper-realistic apples, oranges, lemons painted in planar, color-contrasting bright colors, then depicted together with glass jars or bottles and picture reflections on the glass; precision of details resembling the still-life art by old Dutch masters. In the 80s the author creates still-life pictures with brush and paint, forming also figurative themes. From the mid 80s, after the loss of her house in her hometown, she depicts her memories in figurative family portraits, compositions, semi-nude pictures or in meditative cycle Windows she is drawing mainly from fragments of the already non-existing house. The painter is currently artistically interested in the environs of the Holíč Castle complemented by characteristic motifs of old trees and colorful horses. In recent years she creates still-life, but also figurative themes verging on concretism and abstraction. The entire work is gaining spiritual dimension merging into abstract meditative positions dealing with transience and even extinction of people and things.
Painter Oľga Bartošíková is a lone runner on the Slovak art scene; she chose the path of building her own painting program without closer interaction with other artists or groups. Exhibition of her lifelong painting helps deepen the knowledge of her unrepeatable contribution to the development of Slovak visual art. Publication with color reproductions of author´s works accompanies the exhibition.

Štefan Zajíček


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