In 2008, as part of a solo exhibition at a gallery in Prague, I decided to try and meet commercial success halfway. The result of this redirected effort was the cycle of paintings with the title Icings of a Mad Confectioner. I forgot to mention one important thing. At that time, a friend that worked in the film industry gave me about 350 litres of Eternal paint, so nothing stood in the way of extravagant waste.
Banal gestic painting combined with throwing and vibrating the painting brought interesting results that promised commercial success in the area of sitting-room art. The use of templates further heightened ambitions. Unfortunately, these ambitions were not fulfilled. To this day, I have sold only two smallish paintings, and those only to my friends and for negligible money. I tried to find out where it all went wrong. I would hang around Prague patisseries, staring into their windows at the contemporary work in marzipan. Most likely, the problem was that the investors did not believe in the laboriousness of these paintings, but the opposite was the case. Or perhaps in their simplicity of form they were ahead of their time, and people and their homes were not ready for them. Anyway, sometime in 2010 my supply of Eternal ran out, and so this cycle came to an end all on its own.
Icing of a Mad Confectioner No. 30-49
Variable dimension, 2009