Feb 21, 2014

Fine Art Friday: Oldřich Kulhánek

Oldřich Kulhánek is a Czech painter, graphic designer, illustrator, stage designer and pedagogue who passed away last January, which ended the life of a very active artist and wildly creative persona. In 1971 he was arrested by the Secret Police and imprisoned for "defamation of the allied socialist states" for his artwork critiquing political life, particularly his distorted portrait of Stalin was among his work that was considered ideologically dangerous. As a nod to his heavily detailed drawing style, Kulhánek also created the design for the current Czech banknotes and postage stamps with many indicators of his ornate drawing style which serves as an extension of his figurative drawing and print work which features a thorough understanding of anatomy and texture. Check it out and see the skills of a legend in the graphics world, from the lesser known region of the Czech art world.


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