The mighty mammals and mythological figures who hulk through the practice of Czech artist Vojtěch Kovařík have been a fascinating story. The combination of large, forceful compositions on tortuous surface results in impactful paintings that evoke the strength of sculpture. Herculean figures strain within the format, seemingly breaking out of the hulking frames, brandishing mighty slabs of flesh and muscle. With strong focus on the rendition of the surfaces and purposeful exaggeration of human anatomy, the work resonates with irresistible honesty and naïveté, sometimes questioning the traditional notion of physical strength and power.
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