Peter Gric

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Peter Gric
Peter Gric - portrait.jpg
Born Petr Gric
1968
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Nationality Austrian, Czech
Education Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Alma mater Master of Fine Arts, 1988-1993 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Known for painting, drawing
Movement Surrealism, Dark art

Peter Gric signature
Website
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Peter Gric or Petr Gric (born 1968, Brno, Czechoslovakia) is Austrian painter, drawer and illustrator originally from Czech Republic. In his art appear motives of futuristic landscapes and architecture, biomechanical surrealism and fantastic realism.[1] Gric is member of the art groups Libellule and Labyrinthe.[2][3]

Life[edit]

Petr Gric was born in 1968 in Brno, former Czechoslovakia. He was the only child of artists Ludmila Gric (1942, Pitín) and Jaroslav Gric (1937, Brno).[4][5] They already supported his talent in painting and drawing, which he exhibited when he was young.[6] In 1980 he traveled with his parents under the pretense described as vacation travel, they emigrated through Hungary and Yugoslavia to Austria. They spend one year in the countryside of Reichenau an der Rax. They soon moved to Linz where Gric finished primary school and studied graphic design at the Höhere Technische Lehranstalt. In 1988 he moved to Vienna where he began to study under Arik Brauer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.[6][7] He finished his studies with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1993.[1] While still in college, he participated in several exhibitions and started to sell his work successfully.[6] In 1996, Gric presented his work about the connection of painting and computer graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.[7] He has two daughters Emilia (b. 2002) and Natalia (b. 2005).[7] Later in 2009, he moved from Vienna to Höflein an der Hohen Wand.[6]

Work[edit]

Painting Network IV (fragment), acryl on canvas

Working as an artist for a living, he creates new works irregularly. Before exhibiting, he works intensively, but often doesn't create anything for weeks and only experiments with graphic software and geometry for his new work. Smaller formats works take him a few days or weeks to create. Large works take him months to finish. However, many of them are in progress for a very long time and only finished after several years. Some of his paintings are several meters in size.[7][8][9]

Technics[edit]

Gric's painting are technically precise. He uses oil paint, acrylic paint, or combinations thereof. He also uses airbrushes. Most of his work he designs in graphic software and the more complex pieces, he models in 3D software.[8] Despite his work in computer graphics, it is not his primary medium.[7]

Motives[edit]

His art is a combination of futuristic landscapes and architecture, biomechanical surrealism and fantastic realism. It's very airy, combining known thoughts with fantastic elements and geometrical structures.[7] Before his artistic career, he was influenced by science fiction illustrators Chris Moore, Peter Elson and by Star Wars movies. However, his biggest influence was surrealistic paintings by his father, and artists like Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner, Samuel Bak, Alfred Kubin, Hans Ruedi Giger and later Zdzisław Beksiński, Odd Nerdrum and De Es Schwertberger.[8] Most of his inspirations are from nature and architecture, but he is also fascinated by erosion, abstract geometry and women's bodies. Gric creates visions and fantasy that he himself can't explain. Like Beksiński, he doesn't care about interpretations of his works.[10]

Exhibitions and collaboration[edit]

In 2007, he participated in the design of the stage for the SamPlay production Hamlet in Rock.[11][12] In 2010, he worked on the Concept Design for the project "At the Mountains of Madness" by director Guillermo del Toro. Since 2011, Gric teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.[13]

Many of Gric's works are in personal or public collections: Austrian state gallery Belvedere; Immuno AG; Municipal Gallery in Traun; Kunstlerhaus München; Art Visionary Collection in Melbourne; Rardy van Soest Collection in Houten, Holland; Trierenberg Art in Traun; beinArt Collection, Austria; Westermann Collection, Australia.

Exhibitions[edit]

1989

1990

1993

1994

1995

1997

1998

2000

  • Phantastik am Ende der Zeit, Stadtmuseum Erlangen, Germany
  • Kunstpavillon Alter Botanischer Garten, Munich, Germany

2002

  • Labyrinthe - Welt als Ratsel, Schloss Honhardt, Germany

2003

  • Das Alchimistische Werk II, das NÖ Dokumentationszentrum für Moderne Kunst, Sankt Pölten, Austria
  • Art Visionary Collection, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, Australia
  • Art Visionary Collection, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, Austria
  • Artefakte, Galery AKUM, Vienna (single exhibition)

2004

  • Vom Surrealismus zu Moderne, Barockschloss Riegersburg, Austria

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

  • Peter Gric at the Hofburg, congress centrum Hofburg, Vienna (single exhibition)
  • art-imaginär 2009, Neustadt a Mussbach, Germany

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Publications[edit]

  • 1990 - Meisterschule Brauer - Oberes Belvedere '90 (Hubert Adolph, Arik Brauer, Regine Schmidt) (Austrian Gallery Belvedere (palace), Vienna)
  • 1993 - Peter Gric - Katalog (Dalibor Truhlar) (Edition Lyra) ISBN 3-901431-03-9
  • 1993 - Akademie der bildenden Künste - Diplomarbeiten 1993 (Carl Pruscha) (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
  • 1994 - Kick off () (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
  • 1997 - Vier Meisterschulen für Malerei der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (Dr. Heinz Fischer, Elisabeth v. Samsonow, Arik Brauer) (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
  • 2000 - Phantastik am Ende der Zeit (Thomas Engelhardt, Christine Ivanovic) (Town Museum Erlangen) ISBN 3-930035-03-0
  • 2000 - gegen-stand - Projekt Donauauen (Wilhelm Molterer, Dr.Bernd Lötsch) (Naturhistorisches Museum / Museum of Natural History, Vienna)
  • 2001 - ARSFANTASTICA - Die Sammlung bei der Ernst Fuchs Pate stand (Hubert Klocker, Gerhard Habarta, Milan Vukovich) (ISMAEL.cc)
  • 2004 - Trierenberg Art - Kunst im Werk (Christian Trierenberg, Dr. Christian Hinterobermaier) (Trierenberg Holding AG)
  • 2004 - The illustrated to think like God : Pythagoras and Parmenides : the origins of philosophy (Arnold Hermann) (Parmenides Publishing) ISBN 1-930972-17-2
  • 2007 - Metamorphosis (beinArt) ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8
  • 2007 - L’ange exquis: Être Ange, Étrange (Libellule Ltd.)

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