The painting of Blanka Valcharova stretches from realistic portraits through hyper realistic depictions of objects, fruit and materials to conceptual image sets, in which the beauty of painting clashes with the symbols of decay and ruin. The topics and the processing of the painter show that Zdenek Beran was her teacher at The Academy of Fine Arts in the nineties. Two conceptual canvases on which the refinement of a historical lace costume and the beauty of a pearl necklace is confronted with a radiograph of a human skull dominate the exhibition „ ... not all has yet been answered” in the Litera Gallery in Prague. Karel Oujezdsky the reporter learned from Blanka Valcharova further details;
In the double painting there is a beautiful dress that looks like it is really made of laces in spite of the fact that it is painted and there is a moderately high relief. You have combined the picture with a black and white skull of your self-portrait. Is it a real radiograph of your head?
Does the dress there play a representative role? The painting is called Esther, could it be named after the biblical queen Esther?
But it is also a little bit about transience, isn't it?
What about the second painting with the beautiful pearls that has an X-ray, of the skull and the neck.
And here we are looking at a classic double portrait of a gentleman called „Seventy years of one story“. What is the story about?
Here again we come across the double painting with the little girl and a fifty-crown banknote with a few coins. What does it entail?
Is the whole collection about time? Next to the entrance there are five paintings with shrimps and fruit. Are they about transience again or about vanitas?
You studied with Zdenek Beran, who passed away last year. What did you gain by studying with him? What kind of a professor was he according to you?
with Karel Oujezdsky for Czech radio,
on 12th march 2015 in Litera Gallery, Prague