Jiri Hauschka

1965 · Czech Republic

Artist biography

Jiri Hauschka (1965, Czech Republic), lives and works in Prague.

In a very persuasive way Hauschka connects the tradition of the Czech painting with the context of the international art scene. His work moves on the border of abstract and figurative painting. He works with stimuli from his surrounding. He gives real objects timeless meaning by generalizing them in abstract shapes. This way he manages to objectify not only figures and objects but untouchable moods and feelings which in his paintings receive tangible physical form. Hauschka’s paintwork is soaked with strong energy and expression. It pulses with an intensive inner charge. It portraits the deeply rooted tradition of the Central European expressionism which played an important part in the paintings of Germany, Czech Republic and Austria already from the start of the 20th century.

Jiri Hauschka is an established mid-career artist, who originates from Czech Republic, like other well-known artists such as Tereza Zelenkova, Marta Kolarova, Josef Bolf, Viktor Kolar, and Jiri Georg Dokoupil.

About Jiri Hauschka's works

Jiri Hauschka is a prominent figure within the fields of Figuration and Expressionism. Figurative art can simply be understood as art that contains strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often thought of as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it involves a significant number of approaches to represent the chosen object or figure. The variety of style in figurative art is enormous, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

Counting artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Wassily Kandinsky and Edvard Munch, Expressionism is one the main currents of art of the 20th century - although it is considered to be an international state of mind rather than just an art movement. When it comes to paintings, Expressionist artists were significantly inspired by Eastern art which they deemed “primitive” in its use of bright colours and simplified figures. By adding textural elements and liberating their brushstrokes, artists were hoping to reflect the psychological state of mind of their time, and truthfully express their inner self. Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Der Blaue Reiter is a great example of Expressionism, which can be understood as Kandinsky’s desire to move beyond from realistic representations and focus on subjectivity rather than objectivity.

Further Biographical Context for Jiri Hauschka

Jiri Hauschka was born in 1968 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture.

The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Jiri Hauschka

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