Josef Duchan (1970) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (graphics, restoration). From figurative work he came to structural abstraction, which gradually changes forms and forms. From the classic painting on canvas, the author moved to painting and drawing on the various materials found and to ever freer expression. It is not limited by anything and transcends generally defined boundaries - whether spatial or physical. He draws in endless cycles with both hands, his traces of color metamorphose into objects, installations. His "head - hands - heart" style is incomprehensible, captivating, liberating.

Serigraphy on the motifs of J. I. Brueghl’s Bouquet

In 2006–2009 I returned to the Academy of Fine Arts, where I graduated from the studio of Restoration of Paintings under Professor Karel Stretti. As part of my thesis I took advice from my son Josef, then nine years old, whom I asked which work from the NG collections to choose. After a short look at the NG book, he pointed to the painting Bouquet by J. I. Brueghl, and I respected his choice.

My task was to draw and print the chosen work as my graduation thesis, thus also linking my studies in the Printmaking II Studio with the Restoration Studio. After successfully completing my studies with Professor Stretti, we discussed the possibility of creating an entire serigraph together. It was clear that one matrix from the cloistered print could be used and that the task was therefore to create two more matrices. I worked on these intermittently, with respect to my freelance work, from 2010 to 2022. The last matrix was completed on February 23, 2022.

Serigrafie na motivy Kytice J. I. Brueghla

The serigraphy and the final printing were completed on 25. – 28. 2. 2022. 33 original prints were created, some of which are on display for the first time in the Art Café, the passage of the Czech National Bank.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the companies – Copy General, Amos and especially the printer SAMOLEPKY. CZ s. r. o without whose cooperation the serigraphy would never have been created.