V Holeček is a self-taught artist from Kansas City, working mainly in colored pencil, creating dark, bizarre, and sometimes unsettling imagery with deep and rich colors. Viewing Holeček’s art you get the impression he has created a whole new world, using themes that are frequently hostile or subversive to established ideologies. Since 2009 Holeček has been part of group and solo exhibitions and worked on commissions including the artwork for the film ‘The Rotten Monk’ A surreal dark comedy which seems to fit Holeček’s style perfectly. An admirer of artists such as Beksinski you can definitely see his love for the mysterious gothic landscapes and surreal portrayals that have a dark dreamlike quality. We were mesmerised by his compositions, the world his mind creates, a wonderous, mysterious place, dark, atmospheric, full of drama and displaying an expressive somber mood! Holeček is now experimenting with different mediums, creating paintings and sculptures with his unique stamp that we are more than intrigued by! Thank you for sharing your art with us!
Self taught or art school?
Largely self-taught. Don’t get me wrong, art school has it’s place but I think that most fine artists are wasting both time and money in art school when they would be better-served in residency or other similar program. Art school is best for artists studying for commercial application of their craft.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
An original Beksinski. I don’t even care which one.
How would you describe your style?
I’ve never quite rightly known how to describe what I do; the best descriptor I can use that gets people to nod their heads like they get it is “Surrealism”, which it technically falls under…but surrealism covers so much ground these days that it’s functionally lost any meaning.
I can tell you what my work is rooted in better than I can apply a collective label to it. I create from a place that is an amalgamation of my love for the unsettling. I draw on authors like Twain, Bierce, Burroughs, and Lovecraft, as well as artists like Giger, Beksinski, Dariusz Zawadzki, Chet Zar, Aunia Kahn, Glenn Arthur, and Lori Earley.
Where are your favourite places to view art?
Honestly, the internet, because I can rummage through it endlessly. I can stay looking at one piece for as long as I want without getting in anyone’s way or needing to sit down. I can blow past whatever I don’t like and spend as much time as I want on the pieces I do. I don’t even have to be wearing pants! If I like it enough, I will make a point to look up more by that artist and see if there’s anything going on where I might see it in person, but in terms of making art accessible to everyone, the internet cannot be beat!
Who are your favourite artists and why?
I really should’ve read this all the way through before I starting typing…
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
My studio is basically a corner of the main living area of my apartment. Its small and tends to limit the scale of projects that I can undertake, but for the moment it serves its purpose.
Do you have any studio rituals?
Apart from drinking, I don’t really have the privacy at the moment to indulge in anything too unusual.
What are you working on currently?
I have an on-going set of “Quality of Life” drawings, that are best described sort of banal, general aspects of day-to-day life translated into a bizarre context. Some of them are pretty obvious, others not to much. I also have a set of “non-traditional landscapes” that I’m not limiting to one specific media.
Where can we buy your art?
My website is probably the best place to start with, as it has all relevant resources for purchasing both originals and reproduction prints. www.schamballah.com
What are your ambitions?
At the risk of sounding grim, I believe that everyone dies twice. Once with your physical body, and once again when your name is spoken for the last time before being swept under the rug of history. I think that just as most artists to some degree, I want to stave off that “second death” for as long as possible, to leave something that will long outlast my flesh. Perhaps its a bit narcissistic…
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