Zbyněk Havlín

Zbyněk Havlin

Zbyněk Havlín, an established representative of the contemporary middle generation of artists, presents a representative selection of his paintings from 2013-2017 at a current exhibition. It is a series of abstracted landscape paintings, which form an interesting counterbalance to the author’s figurative and more conceptually oriented creation emerging in parallel. Havlín’s shift to landscapes can be seen as a visceral evocation of the environment in which he grew up – a gamekeeper’s cottage, surrounded by woods and meadows – and also as an expression of spontaneous, sheer joy from creating and from life unencumbered with hidden meanings. The author brings a very fresh perspective to the landscape motifs – he captures sceneries that he has fallen in love with and which left a profound experience of sensual enchantment within him. However, he does not paint in the open air. He creates what he calls landscapes “from memory”. The resulting image thus resides within the realm of reminiscence and free imagination. The vision of nature moves beyond any descriptiveness and passive record of observation. The author liberates the landscape from “non-essential” components without resigning to an effort to grasp its lively, dynamic nature and structure. These are landscapes that have lost their precise contours and lyrical work. They are teetering on the verge of abstraction. The author uses a fairly broad range of artistic processes – he combines classic oil painting with an airbrush technique and the use of templates. He also draws in the coloured area with a brush, whereby he achieves an almost calligraphic image structure. He often works spontaneously. He penetrates into the landscape almost “elementally “, connects to its wave and reflects its inner rhythm. The colour scheme demonstrates masterly colouristic qualities. It is delicately harmonious in some paintings and expressively contrasting in others, but it is always moved into the realm of a dream and poetic transposition. The landscapes of Zbyněk Havlín are richly rippled painted poems that reflect the variety and inexhaustible variability of nature, this constantly reproducing miracle, a scene of both visible and sensed events.. It is very gratifying for me to watch Havlín’s creation in a phase of a new creative expansion. One can only wish that the author shall continue in his deepening with his traditionally powerful weapons such as conceptual puns and a subtle lyrical charge as naturally as he has reached his new expression. PhDr. Rea Michalová, Ph.D.