The Many Strands That Influence Alex Sadlo

May 10, 2023
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The ultimate goal of an online art dealer is to capture the story and essence of an artist in order to best showcase their work and find the right pieces for the right collectors.

In the case of the multi-talented esoteric contemporary artist Alex Sadlo, there is almost too much to show. There are so many strands and aspects of his life that bleed into his work in prominent and profound ways that it can be hard to truly do them justice with words alone.

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1927 during a period of intense artistic development aided by artists such as František Kupka, Mr Sadlo was a talented artist at a young age, inspired by his postmaster father’s passion for music and painting.

This, along with the iconic focus of Eastern Slovakian churches, would be a key influence in his work with enamels and ceramics later in life.

However, he would be displaced multiple times in his early life, leaving Czechoslovakia entirely in 1948 when it was controlled by the Soviet Union and emigrating through Western Europe to Australia.

There, he was inspired heavily by the works of Aboriginal art, particularly the use of strips that would combine with his growing interest in the world of optical effects and three dimensions. It also inspired other worlds, such as his carvings of apricot seeds

Even in his more realistic later works such as Portrait of Gaynor (Robinson, his future wife), the bright colours and stripes are an inescapable part of his style, and other works such as Go Go Dancers would demonstrate the technique’s potential for depicting dynamism and movement.

His work creating ceramic religious figures whilst in Australia would also inspire his skilful work with enamel, with some striking realistic works amidst his more abstract style such as Portrait of Hannah.

Despite working with relatively slow and complex traditional techniques, Mr Sadlo has remained prolific for nearly 50 years.

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