Wandering shoes

Yes, I am a chronic traveler. It has been like this since my late 17 when I get abroad alone for a first time, hitch-haking from my home-country through Austria to Italy. My first travel painting dates back to this summer spent in port of Leghorn ( Livorno) and Tuscan countryside.  I was infected by chronic travel fever during this adventurous enterpise that inspired me deeply. It was in 2005 and in December of that year I rushed to Scotland, another inspiring country I dicovered in wintertime atmosphere in northern lights.  Edinburgh, in the same title as Florence was a great revaletion to me. Two years laters later, missing Italy terribly, I travelled to Rome. The first travel canvas is dating back to march 2007, executed shortly after my return from Eternal city:

Michal Korman: Collis hortulorum, oil on canvas 50×60 cm, 2007 Bratislava

Michal Korman: Collis hortulorum, oil on canvas 50×60 cm, 2007 Bratislava

Strongly motivated I returned to Tuscany in the summer 2007 and got to Bavaria returning back from Florence home. In Budapest in Autumn. In Naples and Pompei in December just before moving to Belgium where from very beginning of 2008 I work on small canvases. In Brussels I started to work and produce as much as never before.
I started with souvenirs of places I have visited. Naples, Pisa, Pompei, Budapest, and Florence and Edinburg – two cities I was moved by:

Michal Korman: Firenze, oil on canvas 50×73 cm, 2008 Brussels

Michal Korman: Firenze, oil on canvas 50×73 cm, 2008 Brussels

Michal Korman: Edinburgh, oil on canvas, 2008 Brussels

Michal Korman: Edinburgh, oil on canvas, 2008 Brussels

We are still in 2008. I am in Marrakech in March, discovering for a first time not only coulour of another continent and those of Arabic culture, but at the same time landscape and the most important of all: the Sahara desert. I work on a series of paintings immediately after my return from Moroco:

Michal Korman: Medina at noon, oil on canvas 73x60 cm, 2008 Brussels

Michal Korman: Medina at noon, oil on canvas 73×60 cm, 2008, Private collecion – Brussels

Paris in September, not very impressed, but I am back in November and change my mind about La Ville- Lumière where I moved in march 2009 shortly after my first exhibition in Brussels. Prague, Geneva, Moscow – I was working on paper mostly during 2009.

Michal Korman: Prague, watercolour on paper, 2009Private collection, Hungary

Michal Korman: Prague, watercolour on paper, 2009 Private collection, Hungary

Michal Korman: Moskva – ink on paper, 40×50 cm, Paris 2009

Michal Korman: Moskva – ink on paper, 40×50 cm, Paris 2009

Back in Marrakech in March 2010 and a Grand Tour in Israel in May-June. Encounter with new, Middle-eastern aspect of Arabic culture in Acre and Jerusalem, modern architecture in Tel Aviv.

Michal Korman: Tops and foundations – oil on canvas, Paris 2010

Michal Korman: Tops and foundations – oil on canvas, Paris 2010

Michal Korman: Tel avivian palm tree, ink on canvas, Paris 2010 Michal Korman: Tel avivian palm tree, ink on canvas, Paris 2010

Michal Korman: Tel avivian palm tree, ink on canvas, Paris 2010

In mid-2010 I abandoned coloured composition for black and white creations for a while and in 2011. I split with my graphic style in lanscape painting, producing works more naturalistic such as ‘Grand Tour after Corot’ trilogy, exhibited in Italy in 2012, ‘The castle’, and ‘A Garden’, today in private collection in Slovakia.

Michal Korman: Soja-ji, oil on canvas, 33x24 cm, Paris 2014

Michal Korman: Soja-ji, oil on canvas, 33×24 cm, Paris 2014

Michal Korman: Jerusalem, ink on canvas, 40x50 cm, Paris 2011

Michal Korman: Jerusalem, ink on canvas, 40×50 cm, Paris 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

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