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The painter Michal Singer (41) is not very well known to the Czech public. Perhaps because his work does not flow with official currents or follow the latest trends. Nevertheless, he is becoming increasingly established. He ignores the aesthetics of his canvases and does not seek praise from those who attend openings and private views; he is not a fashionable artist. His approach is unconventional, characterized by a sense of freedom, independence, a drive for continual development, an absence of academic principles, and a need to convey something - which is why his work ranks among the best of contemporary Czech art. Not the product of an art school and not in favour with art magazines or critics, he continues to go his own way. With such an approach, recognition tends to be late in coming. Ever since he left his last regular job, his work has undergone a continual process of crystallization, becoming purer and more condensed as a result. Each of his pictures represents a complete symbol, message and record of the artist's inner energy. His canvases communicate with expressive colours and powerful figural images that can leave you gasping for breath. They have the power. Few Czech painters can express their inner feelings with such urgency. The influence of the1920s, Expressionism and certain brutal artists cannot be denied. He has also learnt from Van Gogh and Gauguin whose work has helped transform his own art. Singer's style is distinctly expressive and naturalistic with incredible combinations of colours, strong motifs and clear messages. Much of his work is signed Sígr, a pun on his name which means troublemaker in Czech. Like an actor he refuses to accept compromise, be it social or artistic; his inner feelings are conveyed, not concealed on canvas. His personal themes are often presented in condensed ways via shortcuts, which is particularly evident in his self-portraits. His naturally raw, even ruthless painterly style is so prominent and individualistic that his paintings are instantly recognizable. And if an observer is able to see his own dilemmas or obsessions grappled with on Singer's canvases, then the artist is the one who sublimates the feelings of the public, at least the perceptive part of the public. Such art stays in the memory.


Contact:  m.singer@email.cz  

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