Ivan Titor

Ivan Titor
Ivan Titor is a Czech painter whose work floats in that hazy twilight between representational and non-representational painting. He paints objects, but they are often not identifiable. You might fit them into the category of freely imagined or hallucinatory landscapes.

As such he puts me in mind of Surrealists and Dadaists like Yves Tanguy and Max Ernst; though if I see the direct influence of any Surrealist painter in Titor’s work, it would be Dalí in his “Atomic” phase, in which objects deconstruct themselves (or construct themselves) in apparent defiance of the laws of time and gravity.

Occasionally Titor will indulge in more directly recognizable objects, but he plays with them in impossible spatial arrangements, exploded into suspended fragments, like assembly diagrams for dreamscapes.

Titor studied at the University of Ostrava, Department of Arts, and is now a senior lecturer there in the Painting Studio.

His web site has a selection of his work, as well as a Studio section in which you can see some of his working methods and the scale of his work. The studio section shows him working with a variety of media, but most of the work in the gallery is in oil.

[Via Peter Gric (see my post on Peter Gric)]