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FRANTISEK STROUHAL

British Columbia, CANADA

Tel. : 250-226-0018

Email : frantisekstrouhal@gmail.com

Site : www.frantisekstrouhal.com    

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY 

 

Frantisek Strouhal was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, from a family of painters and artists. His interest in art has always been focused on the traditional and classical painters. He wasintroduced to photography while studying fashion design in college.  Primarily self-taught he learned the photographic and printing craft through the study of many renowned photographers. 

 

Photography gave him the opportunity to grow, express and transform himself. While exploring the boundaries of the photographic medium his artistic nature developed a strong appeal towards the alternative process called Oil printing.

 

This process allowed him to find satisfaction in techniques that gave him complete control over the final image. His choices of brushes, papers, textures and lithographic inks determine the quality of his images. It takes him many hours to build up a depth of ink,layer by layer, to create the desired image. He combines the hands on techniques of this 19th century process to create a paper ready for contact printing with digitally printed paper negative.  Minutes, hours, and days of hand labor applying layers of ink indicate his personal dedication to the work of art. Working with Oil Printing makes each image unique.

 

 


ARTIST STATEMENT 

 

“Art Embracing Awareness” embodies the purpose of my work. One of its essential aspect explores thoughts and inspirations of an existential nature and investigates the interaction and harmony between the spiritual and the physical world. My work exists to connect with others in contemplation, and peace.  It is not static, but invites interaction. Changing with the light, it maneuvers through various conditions imparting distinctive messages at different times. Texture also plays the important role of portraying the energy and strength which emanate from beneath the surface of the subjects.

 

My sincere hope is that my artwork and personal stories will engage the viewer to experience a ray of serenity.   

 

 

OIL PRINT PROCESS 

 

The oil print process, whose origins go back to the mid-nineteenth century, works on the same principle as lithographic printing, which is that oil and water don’t mix. The prints are made on paper with a thick gelatin layer that has been sensitized with ammonium dichromate. Exposure using a negative for contact-printing leads to hardening of the dichromated gelatin, in direct relation of the amount of light received. After the paper is washed and dried, it gets soaked in water again. Lithography oil based ink is applied to the paper and sticks to the areas with the hardened gelatine, but the water-swollen areas of the paper repel the ink. The non-mixing character of oil and water results in a coloring of the exposed parts of the print, creating a positive image. The ink application requires considerable skill, and as a result no two prints are alike.

  

 

 

EDUCATION

 

 

1998-2000

 

New York Photography Institute  

 

 

1980-1982

 

Interior Designer, Brno 

 

 

1968-1972

 

 Fashion Designer Art School, Brno 

 

 

1967-1968 

 

Darkroom techniques, Brno, Czech Republic 

 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

 

2014 

 

“Art Embracing Awareness”, Capitol Theatre, Nelson, BC

 

“Art Embracing Awareness”, Enso Studio, Nelson, BC 

 

 

2013  

 

“In the Realm of the Senses”, Artifact, Manhattan NY 

 

 

2012   

 

“The Oasis of Permanence”, Summerland Art Gallery, Summerland, BC 

 

 

2011    

 

Angelnook Gallery, Cranston RI 

 

 

2008 

 

“Classic Realism and Bromoil”, Capitol Theatre, BC 

 

 

2007 

 

“Impressionism” Redfish Grill Café, BC

 

“Landscape and Flowers interpretation”, Capitol Theatre, BC 

 

 

2006 

 

“Journey into Dreamscape”, Enso Studio, BC 

 

 

2005 

 

“Infrared Photography”, Capitol Theatre, BC

 

“Flowers Close up”, Passmore Gallery, BC

 

 

 

JURIED AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  

 

2016 

 

“2016 National open show”, the Thompson, Nicola, Shuswap Chapter of the FCA, Kamloops, BC 

 

 

2015 

 

“Limitless”, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC

 

“Painting on the Edge”, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC

 

"Oasis", Central Okanagan Chapter of the FCA, Kelowna, BC

 

"Healing Power of Art", International exhibition, Manhattan Arts International, NY, USA 

 

 

2014 

 

“Envisioning Women”, Sydney & Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

 

7th Annual Open Show, the Thompson, Nicola, Shuswap Chapter of the FCA, Kamloops, BC

 

"Airs", Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC

 

“Landscapes”, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC

 

“Work on paper”, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC

 

Active members show, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC 

 

 

2012 

 

Red Dot Miami, December 4-9, 2012, Miami FL

 

Artisan Works, Rochester, NY

 

Artisan Direct Port Jefferson Gallery, Port Jefferson, NY

 

New York Pop art Gallery, New York, NY

 

Artisan Direct Cleveland gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Kootenay Gallery of Art History & Science, Castlegar, BC 

 

 

2011 

 

Art Expo, March 25-27, 2011, New York NY

 

Juried Photography: Alternative Processes Exhibition, Mills Pond House Gallery, NY 

 

 

2010 

 

Cultural Crossroads, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

 

Austin Street Gallery, Rockport, Texas 

 

 

2009 

 

Alternative processes, PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont

 

Dreams and fantasies, PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont 

 

 

2008 

 

Bromoil, Eurobrom 3, Brussels, Belgium           

 

 

 

AWARDS

 

 

2015 

 

"Oasis", Central Okanagan Chapter of the FCA, Kelowna, BC, Gold Award

 

 

2014

 

Light and Space Gallery, Figurative Art exhibition, April 2014, Honorable Mention  

 

 

2013 

 

The American Juried Art Salon, Acceptance into juried show, December 2013

 

Light and Space Gallery, Figurative Art exhibition, May 2013, Special Merit Award

 

 

2011 

 

American Juried Art Salon’s 2011 Summer/Fall International Fine Arts Show, Award of Merit

 

American Juried Art Salon’s 2011 Decorative Arts International Show, Award of Merit 

 

 

2009

  

Selected to participate in the Silvershotz-Atlanta project Exhibition

Mason-Murer fine art gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 

 

    

          

PUBLICATIONS

 

Frantisek Strouhal creates “Art Embracing Awareness” in Mixed Media, Article by Renee - Director of Manhattan Arts International, July 23, 2015

 

The Art Edge, Brian Sherwin Interview with Frantisek Strouhal

 

Nelson Star, Nov 14, 2014, Will Johnson, "Moments of Ecstasy"

 

Articulate, Fall/Winter 2014-2015, Margaret Tessman, pages-23-24, page 35.                    

 

The Artist Showcase, Winter 2012, Linda DeGusta, pages 140-141.

 

Silvershotz, The International Journal of Fine Art Photography, Folios 2011, Clive Waring-Flood,  pages 68-69

 

International Contemporary Masters, volume IV, 2011, Despina Tungberg, pages 360-363. 

 

Silvershotz, The International Journal of Fine Art Photography, volume 6, edition 3, 2010, Clive Waring-Flood, page 14.

 

Diffusion, Unconventional Photography, volume II, Blue Mitchell, 2010, page 64.

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