Dusan Petran



Né en 1955 à Brno, Tchécoslovaquie


Vit et travaille aux Etats-Unis de 1989 à 2009


Vit et travaille en France depuis 2010


Dusan Petran commence à sculpter le bois en autodidacte alors qu’il étudie le théâtre à l’Académie des Arts de Brno, Tchécoslovaquie. A ses débuts il est inspiré par les maîtres sculpteurs de l’époque baroque et par le travail du sculpteur Jiri Jilek. Souvent empreinte d’humour, l’œuvre s’inspire de personnages mythiques : Icare, Charon, Oraculum,  tout autant que de personnages des mondes littéraires et artistiques: la série des Gertrude Stein, Don Quichotte, la série des peintres,  Opera Singer, Pinocchio viel homme : le dernier chapître.  L’artiste  sculpte, entre autres, des objets animés pour des compagnies de théâtre tel que le Denver Theater Center du Colorado , USA. Le travail  de la patine a pris une grande importance, particulièrement dans les dernières séries. Les couleurs et textures font parfois oublier que ces délicates couches de couleur reposent sur une matière solide. L’œuvre de D. Petran se caractérise par une grande maîtrise du matériau. L’artiste travaille le bois directement, sans travail préliminaire: une osmose entre artiste et véhicule artistique.  Les résultats sont étonnants, comme peut l’être constaté dans sa série Shakespeare.

 

Born 1955 Brno, Czechoslovakia /

Lives and works in United States 1989-2009 /

Lives and works in France since 2010 /

Dusan Petran began sculpting on wood while studying theater at  the Academy of Arts in Brno. He was first inspired by the baroque masters and the works of sculptor Jiri Jilek. Often humoristic, his oeuvre is inspired by mythical characters, Icarus, Charon, Oraculum, as well as literary and artistic characters: the Gertrude Stein series, Don Quichote, the painters series, Opera Singer, Pinocchio as an Old Man: The Last Chapter. The artist has created animated objects commissionned by theaters such as the Denver Theater Center, Colorado, USA.

Patina has been a focus particularly in the last series. Colors and textures delicately blanket solid matter. D. Petran's sculptures show great mastery of his artistic vehicle. The artist sculpts wood directly without preliminary work: an osmosis between artist and artistic media. The results are astonishing  as can be seen in his Shakespeare series.


Formation

Autodidacte

Expositions individuelles

1991 and yearly until 2001 Artscape Gallery, Boston USA

1994, 1995 The Open Gallery, Cambridge, USA

1991, 1992, Alchemy Gallery , Boston, USA

2002-2005 Primal Digital , Julian Lauzzano Gallery New York, USA

EXPOSITIONS À L'AFFICHE

2015 Peinture et Sculpture, Office du Tourisme, St Affrique, France

2014 Interstices, Agnès Novak et Dusan Petran, Atelier d'Alban, Alban, France

1995  Two artists, Anna Salmeron and Dusan Petran, Artscape Gallery, Boston, USA

Expositions collectives

2018  Festival de la Sculpture, Montauban, France

2017 Art Graulhet, Graulhet, France

           Salon d'Automne, Castelsarrazin, France

2009 Multi-Cultural Show, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

2009 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

2008 Crossing Borders, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

2003 New Works, Rhode Island Foundation, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

2001 Providence Arts Club, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

1999 A special Group, Figurative works, The Piano Factory, Boston, Mass. USA

1998 Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

1997  Cambridge Artists Show, Cambridge Arts Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. USA

1996  Small Works, Kingdom Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

1995  Cambridge Artists Show, Cambrige Arts Gallery, Cambridge, USA

1994  Sculptures and Photography, Artscape Gallery, Boston, Mass. USA

1993 Kingston Gallery,  Boston, Massachusetts, USA

         Gallery Artists Show, The Open Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

1992  Cambridge Themes, Cambridge Arts Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. USA

1991 Gallery Artists Show, Cambridge Arts Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. USA

Principales acquisitions, collections privées

Dr. Solomon, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. W. Lambrecht, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island USA

Dr. V. Glodstein, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island USA

Commandes publiques

Denver Theater Center, life size animated figure

American-Czechoslovak Theater animated performing objects

Bourses Subventions

 2003, 2006, 2008 : National Endowment for the Arts, (NEA)  subventions « Accès à  l’Excellence Artistique »

2004 : National Endowment for the Arts, Nouvelles productions

2003 : Rhode Island State Council on the arts Fellowship

Distinctions

2009 Prix du jury Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Multicultural Exhibit, Rhode Island USA

2003  Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship

2000 Premier Prix de Sculpture, Providence Art Club, “2000 Open Juried Sculpture & Photography Competition” Providence, USA

1999 Prix du Jury, Fidelity Investment Art Fund, Providence, USA

1997 First Prize, Cambridge Art Association, 53rd Annual Prize Juror's Choice Award, Cambridge USA

1999 Mention Honorable, Cambridge Art Association, "About Cambridge Exhibit" Honorable Mention, Cambridge, USA

1998 First Prize, Red Ribbon, Beacon Hill Art Walk, Boston USA

Articles/ Tv

-Loutkar Magazine, janvier 2011 Czech Republic

-Yankee Magazine, April 2001 USA

-Puppets, Masks and Performing Objects, edited by John Bell, 2001

-Boston Globe, Providence Journal, The Improper Bostonian et autres articles dans  les journaux locaux USA, 1993 to 2009

- WCVB Channel 5, Boston, 1998

- Channel 7 Boston, 1998.

-Arts North, The Magazine of the Arts North of Boston, 1997.

-Czechoslovak-American Puppetry, Editor Vit Horejs, 1994.

 -The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, November 1995.

-Rocky Mountain News, Denver CO, 1995.

-The Denver Post, 1995

 -Czech Puppet Theatre and Russian Folk Theatre, by Pyotr Bogatyrev, 1991 

 

 

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