Josef Žáček


1977–1983 Painting (O. Oplt)

The oil paintings of imaginary landscapes fall into Žáček’s oeuvre as early and yet already es- tablished style (after all, the artist graduated from the Academy at the rather late age of 32). The works are imaginary scenes from sea landscapes, of both metaphysical and phantom character. They are based on a delineated construction that highlights spatial perspective, and on the watery painting of light hues, expressing the air perspective. An important role also belongs to abstract signs, derived from an industrial environment. The artist here presents a complex play: what should be real – the landscape – is conceived as unreal and illusive. And on the contrary, the signs, immaterial in their essence, look like real objects: one reflects itself on the water surface, while the other one casts a shadow.