Kopecký The oeuvre of Vladimír Kopecký fuses glassmaking and painting. The artist studied at the glassmaking schools in the Czech cities of Kamenický Šenov and Nový Bor and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague where he, later, also headed the studio of glass from 1990 to 2008. Kopecký never was a designer; he has always dealt with glass via exclusively free work. It could be almost said that he is an abstract painter in the medium of glass. During the 1960s he, however, also designed stained glass and mosaics. From 1967 he was temporarily involved solely in painting and created rather timeless collage compositions in which he employed patterned linoleum. During the 1970s, he returned not only to painting but also to glass and developed large-dimensional geometrical artifacts composed of numerous layers of variously processed glass panes, sometimes also complemented by layers of color. During the 1980s, Kopecký’s oeuvre experienced radical changes. The artist became concentrated on large-dimensional installations composed of various found materials, waste and parts of rails etc., while dousing everything gestically with paint. At present, Kopecký is involved in both glass-making and painting, while as the latter field is concerned, he succeeded to arrive at his unique, liberated, almost abstract position imbued with strong emotional charge emphasized by generous brushstrokes.
* 1931, Svojanov, Czech Republic