捷克艺术家 Vaclav Zapadlik 英文介绍： 中文意译和普屏壁纸在这里
Undaunted by constant oppression and refusing to give up his artistry, he choose instead to work at his craft in secrecy, studying English from books and never allowing his dream of artistic freedom to die. He read about dozens cars he had never seen until he knew intricate details of their bodies, chassis and drivetrains. He poured over books retelling of the races at Nurburgring and other legendary arenas he had never seen. He created scenes in his mind's eye, and he painted them. His canvases recounted stories never told before, involving the viewer in events as only Zapadlik could imagine them. Historically accurate. Impeccably detailed. Accurate down to the spark plug caps and tire treads. But all these works he kept hidden from the watchful eye of the State. It wasn't until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 that Zapadlik's talent would be able to burst forth from the iron cocoon that had surrounded it for more than forty years.
In 1990, the artist packed up a series of paintings and traveled on his own from Prague to Paris for an event he had envisioned attending for years, Retromobile, the internationally attended classic car show in Paris, France. For this gentle man with the humble good nature wanted to know if others would enjoy his work as much as he did. It was here that Zapadlik would meet two men. Don Williams, internationally known as one of the world's leading procurers of priceless automobiles, and Lorin Tryon, arguably best known as the staple of the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The two men met with the smiling, bespectacled artist with the dark mustache and were immediately impressed with the artwork he had displayed.
"Vaclav brings a passion to every aspect of his work," says Williams. "When I first saw his work, I knew how fabulous it was. Over the past years he has become a friend as well, and I feel that he deserves to be recognized for his talent. I a very glad to be able to introduce Vaclav's work to the automotive world."
Most of Zapadlik's works are of scenes from the Golden Age of motorsports and show images of intense interest or action that capture more detail than larger works by other artists. The racing scenes are Zapadlik's own visions of actual historical events which are nothing less than slices carved from the collective mind of racers and enthusiasts. While he never experienced living in the moment he was painting, he conveys with every brush stroke a sense of accuracy. There is an astounding attention to intimate detail, such as different tire tread on the front wheel of a speeding Mercedes. His racing scenes are amalgams of racing memories, made up moments from actual, although unwitnessed events.
Compared already to the likes of such fine automotive artists as Peter Helck, Zapadlik is definitely a unique presence in the art world. His canvases at once have a warm, nostalgic feel not unlike Rockwell, that is presented in a style full of drama and life, as if famed black and white photographer Klemantaski's vivid racing shots had been captured by color and canvas rather than shutter and film.