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Jelínek Vladimír

Jelínek Vladimír

*1934, Czech Republic

A painter, graphic designer and glass artist who has created numerous quality works and drinking sets for the Moser Glassworks. He deals with free-blown glass shaping, combinations and innovating the free-blown techniques which he consequently decorates with a well-planned cutting or engraving.

Glass is final. You can still freely reach into a picture. Not into glass. Now, after fifteen years, I’ve painted over a picture with spills. To the dismay of my wife. I’m glad I could do both - in a glass factory and in my studio.

Academic painter and glass artist Vladimír Jelínek is not only known as a significant representative of Czech applied and free glass creation, but notably the terms painter, graphic artist and photographer apply as well.

Vladimír Jelínek’s love of painting brought him from the Grammar School at the Industrial Glass Art School in Kamenický Šenov, where first, he learned glass painting and then moved to the engraving workshop. After leaving school he continued his studies at the University of Applied Arts in Prague in the glass atelier under monumental painting professor, Josef Kaplický. He gathered his first practical experience in glass design during his years of study at Škrdlovice Glassworks (products created according to his proposal succeeded and became part of the collection Expo 57 in Brussels), as well as in the glassworks in Dobronín where he designed. After graduating, he worked in Karolinka Glassworks. He was a designer for the Institute of Housing and Clothing Culture for over thirty years. He dedicated himself to free form, worked as a teacher and worked together with Moser Glassworks and Crystalex.

Vladimír Jelínek designed utility and decorative glass, created massive vases and other objects, fine linear as well as figural carvings often with themes of female nudes, sculptures engraved by preformed cutting, pinching and metal fusion and he worked with the effects of grinded lenses. He wrote many compositions for architecture and is devoted to landscape painting and graphics.

His glass creations are represented in leading museums and galleries (Paris, New York, Vienna, Tokyo and others) and were awarded many domestic and foreign prizes. He himself still appreciates two awards the most – 1st prize from the International Design Competition for a new form of machine-made ​​drinking glasses listed in 1969 by the Institute for New Technical Forms in West Germany, in which five thousand proposals competed, and then the Bavarian state award with a gold medal, which he won in 1970 at the International Exhibition of Arts and Crafts in Munich, for a blown-glass vase, designed for Moser Glassworks.