16. Tomas Rajlich
Untitled (triptych) (1987)
One signed and two signed with initials, one dated 87, and all numbered I-III/III on the reverse
Acrylic on canvas, 60.1 x 50 cm / 50.2 x 50.2 cm / 40.3 x 50.3 cm
Private collection, the Netherlands
Including a sketch of this tryptich by the artist in ink and (coloured) pencil on paper of approx. 5 x 11 cm.
The Czech-Dutch artist Tomas Rajlich found his vocation to become a painter at the Vrije Academie in The Hague. When he appeared on the scene in the first half of the 1970s, he was often associated with Minimalism and Fundamental Painting, a movement which included Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold, Agnes Martin, and the early works of Brice Marden and Gerhard Richter. For Rajlich, the grid is the measure of all things, and therefore his starting point is usually a network of horizontal and vertical lines, which he lays down and then covers with loose brushwork. The result – constructed with an exceptional feel for colour, sheen and the substance of his materials – is a painted surface in which texture and structure predominate.
Under the loosely applied paint strokes in blue tones is a grid drawn by pencil, which gives this triptych a spontaneous and, at the same time, a structured character. The result evokes spiritual associations. “Contrary to popular belief, I am not a strict fundamental painter,” says Rajlich. “Ideas and feelings about the cosmos, about metaphysics, also play a part in my work… I am certainly not a theoretician. For me, everything revolves around my paintings. If my work appeals to someone, that’s good; if it does not appeal to someone, that’s also good.”
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