Tomas Tichy

1984 · Czech Republic

Artist biography

Tomas Tichy was born in Prague in 1984, where he lives and works. After obtaining the degree at the Academy of Fine Arts of Prague, he is continuing with a PHD in the same University.

He represents in an original way the new artistic trend of emergent art in Czech Republic, and he links, with originality, the pictorial quality and the technical study to the thematic research, combining classicism and innovation.

In the recent years he partecipated in several exhibition and he was finalist at The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Celeste Prize, Art Prize CBM (Turin, Prague, London). The rapidly developing works of Tomáš Tichý present one of the most original concepts of the new wave of Czech painting. He has been able to connect well-mastered and thoroughly studied painting techniques with the ability and will to keep searching for and discovering new themes for his paintings. This makes his work part of the general global trend striving to revitalise more-or-less “classical” painting by addressing current topics. [Jan Kříž] Tomas Tichy is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Czech Republic, like other celebrated artists such as Petr Vesely, Sofie Svejdova, Eva Kot’Átková, Zbyněk Baladrán, and Klaus Pichler.

About Tomas Tichy's works

Tomas Tichy is known for working in the fields of Expressionism and Figuration work. Thriving between 1905 and 1920, Expressionism denotes a movement that influenced literature, architecture, performances and art. Expressionist artists mainly desired to illustrate the world as it felt, rather than how it looked, thus allowing art to be reborn with an emotional truthfulness and expressive strength. Particularly expanding in Germany and Austria, Expressionists formed groups where they would share studios as well as exhibit or publish their works together - such groups include Die Brücke in Dresden, as well as Der Blaue Reiter in Munich. Although Expressionism can be considered a rather vast term that encompasses a multitude of tendencies, the artworks themselves are often characterized by spontaneous gestural marks and distorted representations, that would attempt to express the artist’s inner turmoil. Some highly celebrated paintings representative of Expressionism include Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Wassily Kandinsky’s Der Blaue Reiter, and Egon Schiele’s Sitting Woman with Legs Drawn Up.

Figurative art can merely 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 possibilities to depict the chosen object or figure. The diversity of style in figurative art is enormous, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

Further Biographical Context for Tomas Tichy

Tomas Tichy was born in 1984 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1990s. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’.

The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this idea.

Conceptual photography began to gain popularity, and was particularly inspired by German ideas and artists. German artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and in turn artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall created images with a cinematic quality that was inspired by the German artists’ work. In terms of painting, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the artistic community.

In Japan, a trend began to emerge in response to the boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the 1980s. The comic book culture of manga appeared as an art form, and was related to trends in advertising and graphic design. One of the leading contemporary Japanese artists was Takashi Murakami, who coined the term ‘Superflat’, a theory inspired by the aesthetic characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Having been inspired by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed an influential group of artists called Kaikai Kiki, which became internationally recognised in a number of countries.

Tomas Tichy

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