I am contemporary visual artist and photographer born in the Czech Republic and currently living and creating in Vancouver, Canada.
I have always understood a good artist to be a 'mirror' to the world outside us and within -- no comments and no statements, because what we create gets an interpretation anyway -- by our artistic instinct, our subject or media we choose. Beauty has her own voice; I cannot speak for her. Photography is a mirror by its nature. My first childhood photograph was a black and white contact and when I have seen it my emotions were the same as those I much later found with a girl. Later I married and worked as a photographer. Then the digital era came and the same thing repeated -- I altered my first snapshots in Photoshop and it gave me quite a severe 'mid-life crisis'
Now, dozen of years into the digital era, I changed my mind about photography. It might be dead. Having your vision interpreted by a device, programmed by someone else, that is not acceptable. Having as your audience people with scanning skills and no patience, people who never been to gallery or museum, browsing from this to that, that could be a terminal state of things. And yet, beauty exists. It has its own lips. I cannot see art as culture-less or moral-less effort to shock or intoxicate. Art is a responsible relationship that can ameliorate meaning of life. It can also break your heart.…Read More
Pavel Rehurek, living in Vancouver, Canada, recently re-emerged as a contemporary artist whose fine art photography and digital media fusion demonstrate his passion for the abstract, expressionist style of art.
Completely self-thought, he was influenced by some Czech and Slovak émigré artists (Guderna, Hovadik) in the late sixties and seventies.
Rehurek’s innate and skillful sense and use of colors and forms immediately capture the viewer’s attention. His suspenseful, if not bizarre compositions are juxtaposed in unique subject orientations. He achieves his inimitable expression initially in the photographic stage.
He then goes through the processes of cropping and alteration that enhances textures, colors and shapes.
The final results are images that become tactile and desirable, easy to communicate with. Glimpses of Matisse and Warhol are fused with his own vision to culminate in the mastery of post-fauvist contemporary expression.…Read More