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Jakub Uksa

Painter and graphic artist Jakub Uksa (*1981) belongs to a strong generation of Prague writers (OBIC) who entered the graffiti scene in the mid-1990s. His relationship to writing, and his clearly defined form, is due to the study of applied graphics.Almost from the beginning, he drew inspiration from the creations of strong ancient and oriental cultures. He consistently created his work without sketching, in an intuitive freestyle. He perceived his work as a graphic puzzle, with the head always working a few moves ahead. The last rationally placed line would logically close the piece without the need to add any more artistic elements. In addition to the overall shape, he also experimented with the "nervousness" of the line, its width and multiplication. Sometimes it reached the edge of the pictogram. He exhibited his first canvases in 2015. These were precise, self-contained schemes with geometrizing morphology, which developed his realizations in public spaces. Other views brought color changes, including metallic shades, and attempts to open the planar structure to the third dimension. If the first paintings were just fragments of his pieces, today he sees the clean canvas as an unexplored continent. For him, the hanging picture functions as a whole, but he still focuses on every line. His work is a developed mental path and a conditioned process. Jakub Uksa's compositions deceive. While they can evoke a sense of engineered purpose, they also include improvisations and mysteries. In addition, he currently encodes elements of personal mythology into them through specific colors and shapes. The same is true of the Sequence Travel exhibition, which looks at his work from the last few years. Some images refer to journeys through Lapland or Indonesia, others note the experience of cosmic events related to our planet, others turn to more general existential considerations - questions of transience, the spiritual realm and thinking about moving through time. Emphasis on the subjective dimensions of the painting also brought about a conceptual change. The formal execution became a language. The line is no longer the main bearer of the story but becomes a capillary, a sign of identity, while meaning comes from the coloristic component that opens the theme. The mental departure from a certain form (graffiti) towards content painting has come to an end.





Wall Street, Villa Pelle, Prague




SEQUENCE TRAVEL, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague



ART URBAIN, Czech Embassy, ​​Paris


Passion, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague





VIEWS, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague

Horizon Events, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague



Shoot When You Can, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague

Obsessed with the city, Gallery of the Capital City of Prague, Prague

Cosmopolite Art Tour Festival, Brussels



Mural Art project, Prague

Invasion Event, Trafo Gallery, Prague

Visio Art Gallery, Pilsen

Berlin Meeting, Czech Embassy, ​​Berlin



Obic and Boy, Trafo Gallery, Prague



Names Fest, Prague


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