Jiri Maska

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Czech artist Jiri Maska creates pieces that are both majestic and visceral. Maska works with mixed media to make highly textured tableaux of narrative images. The pieces are characterized by their heavy, graphic lines and saturated colors. Frequently an image will play two contrasting shades off each other to intense, otherworldy effect. Figures are stylized but not simplified, and backgrounds are a shifting patchwork of shadows. Most often, Maska's inspiration comes from some of the oldest and richest shared source material in the world: the epics of antiquity, such as the story of Gilgamesh or the many books of the Bible. His interests know no national or even chronological boundaries. In every piece the figures are always in motion, caught at the height of their dramatic arc. Maska does not shy away from the darker aspects of these stories, instead choosing to illuminate all facets and find the grace in every tale. Maska was born in Razice, Czechoslovakia and has since exhibited all over the world, including in France, China, Australia, Uruguay, Holland, Canada, and the United States.

Featured Artworks
Dianna, back view
Dianna
Alibaba and His 5 Friends
Prometheus
Baba Jaga Enjoy Life
Virgin
Godless Menket
King Lear with His Servants
Lochness Monster Going to Prague
Surprise at Avatar
Stories of the Devils
Beauty and Beast
Inkas Welcome Gods
Princes from Quory
Prince Bajaja Fighting with Gay Club
Body of the Christ
Sergei Jesenin in Moscow
King of Frogs

Jiri Maska

Dianna, back view

Limestone
40" x 24" x 15"

Czech artist Jiri Maska creates pieces that are both majestic and visceral. Maska works with mixed media to make highly textured tableaux of narrative images. The pieces are characterized by their heavy, graphic lines and saturated colors. Frequently an image will play two contrasting shades off each other to intense, otherworldy effect. Figures are stylized but not simplified, and backgrounds are a shifting patchwork of shadows. Most often, Maska's inspiration comes from some of the oldest and richest shared source material in the world: the epics of antiquity, such as the story of Gilgamesh or the many books of the Bible. His interests know no national or even chronological boundaries. In every piece the figures are always in motion, caught at the height of their dramatic arc. Maska does not shy away from the darker aspects of these stories, instead choosing to illuminate all facets and find the grace in every tale. Maska was born in Razice, Czechoslovakia and has since exhibited all over the world, including in France, China, Australia, Uruguay, Holland, Canada, and the United States.

Dianna, back view

Limestone
40" x 24" x 15"

Dianna

Limestone
40" x 24" x 15"

Alibaba and His 5 Friends

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Prometheus

Limestone
40" x 20" x 14"

Baba Jaga Enjoy Life

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Virgin

Limestone
40" x 24" x 15"

Godless Menket

Mixed Media on Canvas
0" x 0"

King Lear with His Servants

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Lochness Monster Going to Prague

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Surprise at Avatar

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Stories of the Devils

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Beauty and Beast

Mixed Media on Canvas
25" x 25"

Inkas Welcome Gods

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Princes from Quory

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Prince Bajaja Fighting with Gay Club

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

Body of the Christ

Mixed Media on Canvas
35" x 35"

Sergei Jesenin in Moscow

Mixed Media on Canvas
25" x 25"

King of Frogs

Mixed Media on Canvas
20" x 20"

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View Jiri Maska's Past Exhibitions

The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas