I am an avid observer. Not only of paintings, but of interesting shapes and groupings in my visual field. From time to time, while waiting at a tramstop, an interesting combination of colours created by people standing in front of a door catches my eye.
I also adore neapolitan yellow-coloured cars, they contrast with the violet grey of the asphalt beautifully! And so on. Apart from this I think it is no surprise that my other main source of inspiration is symbolism and dreams.
What else is typical for me? Maybe being analytical. At least in the art community this is not entirely common, to be an analyst.
Basically I like to work with the substance of things, even while painting. That's why I do not use photographs but 'live' models, when painting figure. It is more difficult but it gives us deeper understanding of reality. My obsession with analyzing also shows in the fact that I mix all my paint from three basic colours and white. Almost all my paintings are done this way. I also like to study how this or that painting speaks to viewer. I have an insatiable need to understand things.
On the other hand I am also chaotic. And when creating, intuitive. I am a synesthetic – that means that my brain has been transforming words, letters, numbers and certain sounds into colours all my life. I also possess a photographic memory. I tend to remember events predominantly visually, as visual compositions. The same way feelings are visual to me.
Overall I am very visual and I think it plays a great role when coming up with new paintings. Most often, when falling asleep, all the perceptions mentioned above mix together and paintings come to exist from those emotions and memories (the interesting group by the door that I saw from the tramstop, or a colourful track of words that rushed through my mind). So that's why I usually keep a sketchpad by the bed and often record new ideas half asleep.
In retrospect, my paintings often define a feeling of mine, or a situation I encountered. It is an inexhaustible well of possibilities, for which I'm infinitely grateful.
So what's next? I record my above-metioned visions, my sketchpads are full of them. If there are some that I cannot forget about for weeks, I return to them, examine them, study them (this is where my analytical side comes into play), and paint them. It is frustrating to know that I will never be able to transform all of them into paintings. I have recorded hundred times more sketches than I will ever have time for to paint.
And at the end, two questions that I hear the most often.
"When did you start painting?“
"What would you do if you couldn't paint?“
Truthfully speaking, I can't remember when I started painting. I don't remember time without painting. I always knew that if I can't paint, I won't be happy. In the words of the painter P. Bonnard: „It is not about panting life, but about giving your life to painting.“ As sentimental as it sounds, I live by the notion that I have once decided to dedicate my life to painting and there is no way back, because it is so tightly connected to my life that I would die without it.
2018 - 2020: The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Drawing Studio of Jiří Petrbok, Czechia
2014 - 2018: The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Painting Studio of Michael Rittstein, Czechia
2012 - 2014: Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education, Czechia
2022: Night Trip, Dolmen Gallery, Prague, Czechia
2021: Voynich´s Botany, Gallery Crears, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Czechia
2021: A Movie That Nobody Has Seen, Uffo Gallery, Trutnov, Czechia
2021: Ritual, Gallery Crears, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Czechia
2020: Voynich's Greenhouse, Czech Business Club, Prague, Czechia
2020: Little Cute Darkness, The Municipal Library of Prague, Artothek Opatov, Czechia
2020: Klára Sedlo : Selection, The Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czechia
2019: Inside the Walls, TÜV SÜD Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2019: Skeleton in the Closet, Barley Gallery, Prague, Czechia
2019: Sweet Demonica, Dudes&Barbies Gallery, Kavárna co hledá jméno, Prague, Czechia
2019: Forged Rituals, Michail Ščigol Gallery, Prague, Czechia
2019: Castles in Mountains, Gallery Bar/ák, Prague, Czechia
2019: Bizzare Treasures, The Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czechia
2018: Subliminal Message, Gallery at Milada, Prague, Czechia
2018: Inner Exterior, The Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czechia
2017: About Superficiality, Gallery Sladovna, Pisek, Czechia
2017: Klara Sedlo in Gallery at Milada, Gallery at Milada, Prague, Czechia
2021: Art Prague Fair 2021, Náměstí Republiky, Prague, Czechia
2021: Vogue Third Edition, Boomer Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2021: The Annual Spooky Art Show, HIVE artspace, York, Pennsylvania, United States
2021: The Elements, Gallery AMB, Hradec Králové,
2020: Contemporary Czech and Slovak Painting, NTK Gallery, National Library of Technology, Prague, Czechia
2020: Muse of muses : Woman, Gallery under the Town Hall, Ústí nad Orlicí, Czechia
2020: Art Prague Fair 2020, Náměstí Republiky, Prague, Czechia
2020: Wings of Art, Art Restaurant Mánes, Prague, Czechia
2020: Miracle Factory, Galerie pod Palmovkou, Prague, Czechia
2019: Malba III, Vltavín Gallery - Millennium Gallery, Prague, Czechia
2019: Live painting in H&M zone, Colours of Ostrava, Czechia
2019: Mostyn Open 21, MOSTYN Gallery, Llandudno, Great Britain
2019: YouAllDroveMeCrazy Vol. 2 Butterfly Effect, 54th KVIFF, Karlovy Vary, Czechia
2019: Girls, Girls, Girls..., Černá labuť Art & Event Gallery, Prague, Czechia
2019: From the Studio Floor, St. Barnabas Church, Cambridge, Great Britain
2019: Art Prague Fair 2019, Náměstí Republiky, Prague, Czechia
2019: BBA Artist Prize 2019, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2019: Pulp Fiction, Dudes&Barbies Gallery, Vnitroblock, Prague, Czechia
2019: Tra figurativo e informale, Galleria Merlino, Firenze, Italy
2018: Art Prague Fair 2018, Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czechia
2018: Heart for Heart's Sake, Artery Gallery, Prague, Czechia
2018: In Half, Gallery Viaart, Prague, Czechia
2018: Focus, Litera Gallery, Prague, Czechia
2017: Atribut, Jan Čejka Gallery, Prague, Czechia
2017: Art Prague Fair 2017, Kafka's House, Prague, Czechia
2016: Žák, Honz, Sedlo, Wojnar, Gallery GAVU, Prague, Czechia
2016: Natural World, Prague House in Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
2016: Art Prague Fair 2016, Kafka's House, Prague, Czechia
2016: Figurama 16, Katowice, Poland
2015: Josefská 7, Gallery 1, Prague, Czechia
Crears Gallery, Náb. Dukelských hrdinů 442, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
Peron Gallery, U Lužického semináře 12, Prague 1
Artpit, czech on-line gallery, https://www.artpit.com/cz/artist/klara-sedlo
Singulart, international on-line gallery, https://www.singulart.com/en/artist/klara-sedlo-6805
Collector Masters, international on-line gallery: https://collectormasters.com/klara-sedlo/
BBA Artist Prize 2019, Germany – finalist
Mostyn Open 21, Great Britain – finalist
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