2000 - 2009

New Age Cycle

Distant Ancestor
Oil on canvas, 150x150 cm
Magic in Art

Most people in the so-called Western world are convinced that the greatest and most cultivated art is only the kind that is exhibited in museums, having been created from the time of ancient Greece up to the present day. It's almost strange how quickly people have forgotten the turning point that occurred about a hundred years ago with the discovery of the primitive art of Africa, Oceania and other first nations. This discovery, this earth-shattering event, overturned existing rules and canons so radically that a new anatomy of art emerged - Cubism. This is possibly why the term `primitive art' is increasingly being replaced by the term `primal art', and why we are beginning to ask ourselves the ever more pressing question - aren't these two forms of art equal to each other? And, with their unbounded fantasy, magical qualities and noble forms, don't these works often surpass works that we have venerated for thousands of years? In 1949 .Jean Dubuffet wrote, "From one metropolis to another, everyone exquisitely apes each other, practising art that is tirelessly copied everywhere, that is as artificial as Esperanto; can we call it art at all ?"
J. A. 2001

The Holly Father
Acrylic on canvas, 150x180 cm
Acrylic on canvas, 150x110 cm
Acrylic on canvas, 150x110 cm
Acrylic on canvas, 150x150 cm


View Back and Forvard Cycle

Double Figure
Lobi people - Burkina Faso
86 cm
Double Figure (Joined)
acrylic on canvas
150x110 cm
acrylic on canvas
150x110 cm


If there is one lesson that the Prague of Jiří Anderle regularly teaches its visitors and inhabitants, it is that no dimension of experience need necessarily be as simple as it might appear. Communities within communities, history within history, ideas within ideas, even time flowing backwards in the form of Bohemian `Baroque-Gothic' architecture - invisible and unexpectedly interconnected layers form the Prague psyche. In this city, it continually seems that somehow `everything is the other way round'. The magical encounter between the spheres of the prosaically objective and the bizarrely subjective that brought the world Rudolphine alchemists, Arcimboldo's grotesque figurative allegories and Kafka's hall of mirrors is the same phenomenon underlying the artistic expression of Jiří Anderle. He shows us the way into his labyrinth, and it is then up to us to thread our way through its multitude of levels. Anderle is a master of synthesis, who at any moment brings together a rich diversity of elements into an integral whole. Ultimately, his kaleidoscopic orchestrations tell us of the inescapable complexities linking the various dimensions of human existence - past and present, the rational and irrational, inward and outward being, the individual psyche and collective fate.

Richard Drury

Guardians of a Tribal Altar
Igbo people
42 cm
acrylic on canvas
90x120 cm
Senufo People
Ivory Coast
96 cm
Creature with Radiant Eyes
acrylic on canvas
150x110 cm

Ice Cream I
115 x 135 cm

A never-ending dialogue
with how life progresses;
a dialogue with memories;
a dialogue between a smile and sadness,
light and darkness,
objective realism and the imagination,
old age and youth,
reconciliation and aggression,
weakness and strength;
the dialogue between
the main motif and variations,
speech and silence;
the dialogue between
what we carry within ourselves
and the world around us;
the small gesture and infinity...

J. A.

Freee-flowing Love
(Embarrassing Scenes)
oil on canvas
135x105 cm

Blue Sky (Summer)
acrylic, oil on canvas
70x50 cm
Seven Guardians
(The Prlmordlal), 1999
Indián ink, acrylic on canvas

Dance in front of a Blue Sky
(Tree of Life), 2006
acrylic on canvas

Indifference, 2009
plaster sculptures,
plastic mannequins