E.V. in the studio in early '90s

E.V. in the studio in early '90s

The work of Emil Venkov has been focused mostly on monumental realizations, but the period from 1990 - 2000 is rich with many new chamber sculptures made and cast in bronze. 

Sculptures by Emil Venkov – Bronze Testimonies Of Dialogues With Time. The materialized result of contemplations on life, fate and metamorphoses of people, time and the world. The result of self-analysis. The manifestation of the consciousness of personal securities and recognition of one´s own strength but also tumult, searching and desires. Creation as a way, circular line and the spiral that developes itself from the end of the 1960´s up to the present postmodern time. The work, the essence of which is a human topic
    The Emil Venkov´s sculptures are a living organism with interior logic of sculptural composition and symbolic poetics of their human significances. The integration and disintegration of the matter of these plastic arts is fatal and magic. Baroque expression is vivified by the spirit of orient, exoticism and postmodernism. The synthesis of human and animal elements is multi-significant in their overlapping contrasts. Something almost barbarically ancient is humanized and cultivated by artistic spirit of today and vision of the future.

The borders of time and styles of the past are joined in the fire of presence and it melts down the shape of the future world, human and people. The way to this world is edged by fragments of wings and staircase, fragments of feelings and recognition and colorful mosaic of memories and desires. Life, death and hope are hidden in a single statue in the same way, as they are present in every man´s fate. The newest Emil Venkov´s sculptures originate on the landmark of the wanted, possible and inevitable. Therefore, they are his destiny, his meaning and way of life.

Bohumir Bachraty


Bronze Chamber Sculptures


 Emil Venkov developed the second line of his creation – cabinet plastic works – as a balancing pole of his monumental sculptural works. This line today represents a visible and tangible topography of his „emotional atlas“. Not only life with its sensory beauties does belong in it (articulated by charms of a female act and sculptural torso)­, but also transcendentally grasped topic of extinction and death.
   

 With the fullness of life experiences and events the contents of topic that the sculptor directs to his viewers is also filled. Everyday basis and the myth itself that resonates by echo of ancient message from a wide diapason of topical activities of Emil Venkov. Mythological figures and fantastic idols become a symbol of interior contradictory forces, never-ending metamorphoses that enter and intervene into our seemingly rational destinies... The author achieves the concentrated dramatism of the expression of bronze cabinet plastic works both by dynamic modeling of the shape and by polishing of plastic works to ripe glittering. Thus, the co-director of the artistic testimony becomes the element of light, which on contrast with wrinkled surfaces, cavities, perpendicular cuts and goads becomes the very carrier of the dramatic contents of Venkov´s plastic works.

Luba Belohradska

 

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Archive images of life and

monumental / chamber work  

of Emil Venkov


E. Venkov (sitting), in the 3rd grade at the VŠVU (university of arts) in Bratislava, Slovakia

E. Venkov (sitting), in the 3rd grade at the VŠVU (university of arts) in Bratislava, Slovakia


1968 - Delusion
 

chamber sculpture

Created as a reaction to the militant entry of the Soviet army into Czechoslovakia in 1968

 


The Desire
 

metal
Pezinok
1968
320 x 130 x 90 cm


The Fusion

stone
Nové Mesto nad Váhom
1969
150 x 240 x 95 cm


The Touch

stone
Šamorin
1970
260 cm


Memorial of the Martyrs

white concrete
Komárno
1970
length: 750 cm


The Duel

stone
Galanta
1972
350 x 55 x 95 cm


Daphné

stone
Šaľa
1973
300 cm

 


Exhibition in France, Orange

1973


 

Exhibition at the Gallery of Young
 

Bratislava
1974

 

The exhibition was to be closed on the order by the then Minister of Culture Miroslav Válek as not being ideologically suitable within the so called "normalization" in Czechoslovakia. However, the number of visitors during its opening prevented the closure from happening.

note - children on the image are now in their forties and fifties, the middle kid is the first child of E. V. - Jana


Mother Earth

stone
Galanta
1974
lenght - 260 cm


Torso - Flower

stone
Piešťany
1975
230 cm

E. V. working on the model version of the Torso - Flower

Model version of the Torso - Flower


Friendship

stone
Bratislava
1975
270 x 150 x 90 cm


Motherhood

stone
Galanta
1976
270 cm


Franz Lehár Memorial

Komárno
1980
390 cm


Ode to Joy

aluminum
Piešťany
1980
750 cm

Ode to Joy draft 1

Ode to Joy draft 2

Ode to Joy draft 3

Work in Progress


Memorial of the Peasant rebellion in 1931

stone
Košuty
1981
530 cm


Caryatid

stone
Trenčín
1982
320 cm


The Flying

aluminum
Bratislava
1983
330 cm


The Victory

metal
Trenčianske Teplice
1984
540 cm


untitled and undated approximately middle '80s

untitled and undated

approximately middle '80s


Andrej Bagar Memorial
 

bronze
Trenčianske Teplice
1984
170 x 90 cm


The Prayer

epoxy resin
1986
210 cm

The Prayer

small scale model


Pierot

epoxy resin
1986
200 cm



Čapek brothers


Pieta

stone
Štúrovo, military cemetary
1987
600 x 270 x 220 cm

One of the first Pieta small scale proposals

Pieta, final small scale proposal

Author with the finished sculpture

Author with the finished sculpture


Series of reliefs (only 2 / 5 were photographed)

epoxy resin
1988


Ikaros

metal
Bratislava
1989
370 cm

 

St. Cyril & Metodius
 

plaster
1992 / 1993

 

Was destroyed by the author when the sculpture hadn't received promised funding for a bronze cast from the newly established Slovak government.

Work in progress on the St. Cyril & Metodius

St. Cyril & Metodius
 

epoxy resin

80 cm


In the atelier
 

mid '90s


during the works on the Vrbove church sculptures / St. Cyril & Metodius
late '90s


The Touch

concrete

Bratislava, private collection
approx, 2000
350 cm


In the atelier

around 2000


Undated sculptures






Circus Folk


Adam and Even





Wanderer



Girl With an Apple

large version

Girl With an Apple

small version


Letna competition proposal


Winning entry for a competition in Bratislava

the monument was not executed as there were insufficient funds


Double Torso


The Duel


Thalia