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Self Portarit etched by Jiri Kayser in 1984  Penticton


Czech-Canadian painter of historic proportions, Jiri Kayser was again recognized at home in Czechoslovakia after decades of refuge in Canada. An Exhibition sponsored by both the Canadian and Czech. Governments featured many recent and long lost works that had been hidden away from the critical eyes of the communist antagonists for many years.



               detail: Jiri Kayser etching, Karlsbruke in Prag that was purchased for the perminent collection of the Albertina


   Retrospective exhibition from November 2002 Penticton

Okanagan Sting Quartet; Kayser is known internationally as a leading portrait painter, and painter of musical groups such as the one pictured here. His son Jakub is pictured second from the left

Jiri Kayser brief Biography            Penticton

Kayser was born on November 16, 1918 in Pisek. His lineage has always been associated with art scholars and exemplary artists starting with Thomas de Keyser (1596-1667). He was appointed Professor of fine art in Prague while at the same time advising architects, city planners, and industrialists. These same people used his paintings in their national and international exhibits. A collection of fifty of his paintings went on a solo tour to Australia, New Zealand and the Orient.

He was awarded the Czech Republic's 50th Anniversary Prize for Modern Painting

After fleeing with his family to Canada in order to escape the turmoil in Eastern Europe, he had several exhibitions in Montreal and taught art at Ecole de Beaux Arts in Quebec City and elsewhere. He eventually settled into a quite life of portrait and still life painting. "His outpouring of work during his [thirty-five] years in Canada has ranged from electrifying landscapes and urban scenes, to detailed graphics that clearly reflect his classical inheritance." P


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