Jan Valik
Born 1987 in Bratislava, Slovakia | Lives and works in London, UK

“My work is tangentially connected to the idea of landscape as a psychological space where the relationship between human perception and the landscape consists of complex ties but also of fine nuances.

I am deeply interested in the edge of perception where abstract and figurative inform each other, evoking a spatial and pictorial ambiguity, a tension of simultaneous presence and absence. Throughout the painting process, I balance and play with gestural traces and atmospheres of various spaces, experienced and imagined, which merge with fragments of sensory memories.

The contradictory experience of spatial fluidity, an indoors-outdoors duality, stillness and shifting locations are ideas which fascinate me as I create. I want my work to invoke this and to engage the spectator in this simultaneous action, one in which paint can be seen both for its intrinsic properties and for its ability to imply fictive spaces. The dialogue oscillates back and forth between evocation and abstract traces that are open for interpretation. For me, painting becomes a way of existence, both as an activity and an object.”

Like Throwing a Semi Sacred Stone, 2022
Oil on linen
80 x 66 cm

Sidewalk’s Night, 2022
Oil on linen
51 x 41 cm

Indefinite Migration, 2022
Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm

Suddenly Ungrounded, 2022
Oil on linen
160 x 135 cm

Playful Promises (Feel the Displaced), 2022
Oil on linen
130 x 110 cm

It All Will Come Back and Collide in an Unexpected Way, 2021
Oil on canvas
122 x 91 cm

Those Fluid Distances, 2021
Oil on canvas
175 x 135 cm

Shifting Locations III, 2021
Oil on linen
130 x 110 cm

Jan Valik Landscape with a Resolution, 2020 oil on linen 160 x 135 cm

Landscape with a Resolution, 2020
Oil on linen
160 x 135 cm

Jan Valik Unfolding Horizon, 2020 oil on canvas 30 cm x 40 cm © The Artist

Unfolding Horizon, 2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm

Jan Valik Unforseen Escape, 2019 oil on canvas 45 x 36 cm Not for sale © The Artist

Unforseen Escape, 2019
Oil on canvas
45 x 36 cm

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