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9 Jun 2008 00:00 - 21 Aug 2008 00:00

Rostislav Kunovsky

Rostislav Kunovsky is originally from the Czech Republic and has been living in Paris for the last 30 years. This summer, some of his most important works including paintings, drawings and etchings will be on view simultaneously in two exhibition spaces.


The @venue, 7-9 St James Street London SW1A 1EE

9th June – 31st August 2008


5 Blenheim Crescent, London W11 (off Portobello Road)

16th – 23rd June 2008 (Tues-Fri 10pm to 6pm/Sat-Sun 10am to 5pm)

The gallery space 5 Blenheim Crescent in Notting Hill will show In The Forest: paintings, drawings and etchings of wolves and wild animals in their natural habitat where animals and nature exist in a true symbiosis(see attached article by John Berger).


Meanwhile, the Avenue restaurant in St James will show large paintings with a variety of different themes. His paintings of Books, Vlaminck in the Mountain and Pianos are key works.


Kunovsky’s paintings are infl uenced by his childhood in Moravia where daily life in the city and summers in the country near the forest clearly shaped his psyche.

Artists leaving their beloved country for a permanent or defi nitive amount of time often have an unconscious nostalgia that defi nes their way of seeing. For Kunovsky, there is a sense of an identity represented through certain objects or sensations.

In his master degree research Kunovsky explains the extent to which childhood memories provide inspiration to his work.

He recollects as a child the impact of summers in the countryside near the forest where his grand-parents lived. The escape from the confi nement of life in the city with his strict family rules gave him an absolute sense of freedom. Riding a bike alone through nature or laying down in a fi eld were totally liberating. Books also provided a means of escape. He describes regular visits to second-hand book shops where he enjoyed the smell and feel of old books, and reading stories about

pirates, travelers and wild adventures(see attached text by Kunovsky).

Books and summer holidays were the facilitators of his own imaginary travels and of his desire for freedom and creativity.

Exhibitions curated and organised by Karine Giannamore – La Galerie London.

karine@lagalerielondon.co.uk /+(0)44 20 7352 1278 /+ (0) 44 7956 833 737 www.lagalerielondon.co.uk


30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 9 Jun 2008 00:00
To: 21 Aug 2008 00:00


La Galerie London

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