Five questions to Jan Skácelík

Five questions to Jan Skácelík

Jan Skácelík was born in 1983 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. After studying Graphic design he worked in various ad agencies and graphic studios until he fully devoted to art. Started with a successful line of prints in 2010. His art prints and paintings explore the playful world of geometric and organic shapes combined with pastel colors.

How did you get into art?

My father has owned a small gallery in our town since the late 1980s, so I grew up in the art world, which certainly had an impact on me. I later studied graphic design and worked as a designer before going down the art route full time.



How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

My art ranges between organic minimalism and abstract expressionism. I like to use organic shapes which I combine into carefully planned compositions with the addition of impulsive lines and brush strokes.  I think my works are recognizable because of that.

How do you go about developing your work?

My older works have always been the result of very careful planning, composition and colour, it's amazing how a small change in the position of some objects can totally change the feel of the whole piece. Now I add more randomness to my work - albeit on a carefully planned background.

Who or what influences you?

I've always been interested in modernism, from cubism to abstract expressionism, I think this is the period that produced most of the works that still inspire contemporary artists today, Joan Arp, Arshile Gorky, Motherwell or paintings by Corbusier.

Make us curious. What is planned next?

Apart from art, I have always been interested in furniture design, and I have been planning to create a small collection of furniture in my style for some time.