CZECH ARTIST Václav K. Killer
Gained his artistic education at Jaroslav Hořánek’s atelier in 1983. For many years he has been working as an art editor for magazines, later as an art director of an exclusive magazine for women.
Dozens of illustrations, drawings, mercantiles and works of typography are dated to this period. Although he discovered his life´s passion for ships and sea early in his childhood (when he was introduced to René Gregr’ s book called Rulers of the Oceans), for a long time, it was just a hobby that would later become a signiﬁcant part of his artistic work.
Both ships and the sea play a major role in his work. This favorite theme of his is being elaborated not just as scenes depicting the narrative of a speciﬁc ship from the history, but also as ﬁctional dreamlike sceneries. At times the sea itself can be in the painting only caught by a glimpse. In his work he mainly focuses on historical times, when unmapped seas were cruised by brave men on sailing ships.
Though his interests in historical periods are much wider, ranging from the era of Christopher Columbus up until the beginning of the twentieth century, in which the power of the wind has been replaced by the power of a steam engine. Another signiﬁcant passion often reﬂected in his work also related to the sea motif is history of the Austro-Hungarian navy, which is to these day almost forgotten.
Oil on canvas is his technique of choice. In his work he puts a lot of emphasis on the ships not to be just blank representations but to be portrayed in detail and with historical accuracy, while trying to set the ships into a scene and background typical for them.
The last time his work was introduced to the public as an authorial display, was in 2015 at the Transport Museum in Bratislava, where the canvases presented there, were in perfect harmony with museum exhibits. Up to this date his paintings found their way into several private collections not only in Europe, but also overseas.
- 2006 Passage CNB Prague
- 2010 MPG Prague
- 2012 ARTisti&Co Bratislava
- 2013 ARTisti&Co Prague
- 2014 ARTisti&Co Vienna
- 2015 Technical Museum Bratislava
- 2018 Orchard Gallery Ostrava