Tom Samek

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Tom Samek (born 11 March 1950)[1] is a Czech artist living and working in Australia. [2] He is a painter, stage designer and printmaker.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Tom Samek was born in Prague, Czech Republic.[1] He moved to Germany and Switzerland in 1969, then Austria the following year and Australia in 1971.[2] In 1972 he studied printmaking with Eric Smodic in Austria for a year, then returned to Australia the following year.[2] He settled in Tasmania.[3]

Tom Samek. Smelling Mistake, digital print.

In 1997, he painted a mural in the foyer of the School of Engineering at the University of Tasmania.[4]

Samek's largest, and perhaps finest,[5] work is Flawed History of Tasmanian Wine, a floor mural in a gallery above the tasting room of the Meadowbank Estate winery and restaurant in Tasmania.[5] The floor is painted, carved and etched in Samek's "unique style",[5] and integrated with his friend Graeme Phillips' comic and nonsense poetry.[5] The work was finished in December 2005, half of the $160,000 cost being met by the Federal Government.[5]

In 2009, he returned to the University of Tasmania School of Englineering to create a mosaic mural, featuring names of notable engineers, and staff and students. It was unveiled during the 50th anniversary celebration of the school.[6]

Samek makes prints, including etchings, which "revel in the indulgences of food and drink."[7] He adopts a whimsical view of Australian customs and language, at one time concentrating on faces and wine glasses, and in 2006 focusing on parrots as subject matter.[8]

He lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania.[9]

Collections[edit]

Samek's work is represented in the Australian National Gallery, South Australian Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Auckland City Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia Council, and Artbank.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Prints and printmaking", National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Tom Samek", Bett Gallery, Hobart. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  3. ^ Backhouse, Sue (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) 2000. "Feature Article - Tasmanian artists - 100 years", Tasmanian Year Book 2000, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  4. ^ "A golden success", School of Engineering, University of Tasmania. Retrieved 24 May 2010. This page shows a photo of Samek in front of his 2009 mosaic mural (second image).
  5. ^ a b c d e Bell, John (19 May 2007). "Spoilt for choice with wine". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Le Grew, Professor Daryl (Vice-Chancellor, University of Tasmania). "Time for celebrations", Alumni News, University of Tasmania, p. 3, December 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  7. ^ Scott, Aaron (13 November 2008). "Quiet please, artists at work". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Bell, John (3 May 2007). "Hitting Tassie's cultural trail". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Tom Samek". University of Tasmania (School of Engineering). Retrieved 24 May 2010. [dead link]

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