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Girl with Heron

Antonin Tesar

Born: 1963 in Kromeriz (CZ)

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Antonin Tesar, artists statement

I started with photography in 1990 as I was extremely bored and full of various ideas, scenes and inner images which I had an urge to communicate to somebody. So I picked photography because it seemed the most realistic. I began to use a 6x6 negative format camera and from the very beginning I used glaze colours to colour the positives. As I child, on some occasion I was given a book of pictures for colouring, with invisible colours already hidden in the pictures. When washed over with a water-moistened brush the colours were made visible. I was amazed by the experience which was kept inside me until I started subconsciously colouring my photographs. For me, nothing was more beautiful or uglier than human beings so from the first moment I was inviting more or less naked people, in vast majority women, to my studio. As far as I am concerned, women cannot be understood, the longer I photograph them the less I understand them. I always treat them with respect, not only because they never get paid from me for posing and they do it for me from unknown reasons. They are willing to be drawn into my world of small manipulations and unusual life situations. Some time later I found the 6x6 format to be insufficient so in 2003 I switched to a 9x12 negative format studio camera. It perfectly suits me despite the fact that using it is a bit more lengthy and complicated. I do not take movement shots but staged photographs. I carefully plan my photographs in advance as there is no time for any improvisation when taking them. I do not jump around the model frenetically making thousand of shots hoping that it will work and it is probable that one of them might be fine for further use. I make sketches not only for myself but also for consultations with models. The black and white negatives are then blown up on silver bromide black and white papers subsequently toned into yellow to brown-grey shades. Such modified positives are then coloured using special techniques (brushes only!) in several glazing layers. As the pre-mixed colours are once again mixed with each other on the positives I can get amazing mixtures of shades similar to those by former impressionists. When three different colour shades are put on the body the mix with each other into a very subtle scale of yellow, green, blue, pink and other colours although the final colour is only that of a body. This approach is very labour-consuming and it could take as many as several weeks to make a single photograph. I know that photographs are coloured from their beginning but I do not know anyone else using the same technique as I do. It took me several years to develop it. My photo products are pure hand work.

Art objects of this artist

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Lip, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Lip, 2004

Tesar, Antonin ◊ School Girl, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ School Girl, 2004

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Sisters before a bath, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Sisters before a bath, 2004

Tesar, Antonin ◊ T-Shirt, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ T-Shirt, 2004

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Triangle, 2004, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Triangle, 2004, 2004

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Diabolus, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Diabolus, 2004

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Death of Dart Player, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Death of Dart Player, 2004

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Fetish Girl I, 2005
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Fetish Girl I, 2005

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Girl with Heron, 2007
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Girl with Heron, 2007

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Innocence, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Innocence, 2004

Tesar, Antonin ◊ Latex Face, 2007
Tesar, Antonin ◊ Latex Face, 2007

Tesar, Antonin ◊ My Love, 2004
Tesar, Antonin ◊ My Love, 2004


Antonin Tesar, born 1963 in Kromeritz, Czech Republic.
All photographs are editioned to 8 in the size about 50 x 60 cm and 80 x 110 cm, prices from 850 € till 3000 €

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Current and past exhibition-dates and information
Apr 5th, 2008
Antonin Tesar - strange world
Dec 25th, 2015
Love is...
Jan 11th, 2020
Vernissage 30 years in focus Gallery, Cologne

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Antonin Tesar

1991 - Ostrava - Galerie FOMA / CZ
1993 – Praha - Galerie U jednorozce s harfou / CZ
1993 – Bratislava - Month of photography / Slovakia
1994 – Praha - Galerie Vltavín / CZ
1995 - Pelhrimov - Galerie K. / CZ
1997 – Olomouc - Galerie K.Dostalova / CZ
1997 – Trabic - Galerie Malovany dum / CZ
1998 – Bratislava - Month of photography / Slovakia
1999 – Hodonin - Galerie art in Hodonin / CZ
2004 - Praha - Galerie Vltavin / CZ
2005 – Olomouc - Galerie Mona Lisa / CZ
2008 - Köln, in focus Galerie / D

Major group exhibition

2007 – Leipzig - Kameramuseum „Ästehtik der Lüste“ / Germany

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2004 - Antonin Tesar, Houte couture, Prag

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