Austrian artist Istvan Zachar has made a series of still lives that are inspired by icons of art history. He places objects from everyday life, like mobile phones or laptops in a historic, often anachronistic context. He captures moments in time. By taking personal items from his studio he reflects on and describes his very own (inner) space, repeating and duplicating forms and figures. Zachar´s artistic work routine is always the same: he starts painting and then sees what happens without having a definite or fixed goal. The painting almost emerges, partly by intuition and partly by chance, as if found objects from the studio were assembled on the canvas. But Istvan Zachar likes to experiment with material as well – he also paints on wooden inlay panels he finds at fleamarkets.
The Vienna based Artist describes his vision: „I have been obsessed with art history for a very long time and have always imagined how the old masters would have painted today“.
Still Life with U-Bass Guitar, Midi Keyboard, Iphone, Bicycle, Wine Bottle, Newspaper, Brush, Palette and T-Shirt on Canvas
67 x 56cm (26 x 22inch), Acrylic on canvas
Still Life with Wine Bottle, Can, Glas, Iphone and Canvases on Wooden Panel
54 x 60cm (21 x 24inch), Acrylic, Woodcut
Still Life with Winebottle, Monitor Speakers, Midi Keyboard, Iphone, Brush, Color Tube, Saddle und Easel on Wooden Panel
80 x 60cm (32 x 24inch), Acrylic, Woodcut, Collage
Still Life with Book, Can, Lamp, Glas, Window, Iphone and Philodendron on Wooden Inlay Panel
75 x 52cm (30 x 20inch), Acrylic, Woodcut, Collage
Still Life with Wine Bottle, Glas, U-Bass Guitar, Iphone, Newspaper, Camera, Ashtray, Monitor Speaker and Bicycle on Canvas
70 x 90cm (28 x 35inch), Acrylic on canvas
Still Life with Averna Bottle, Glas, Iphone, Laptop and Bowl on Wooden Inlay Panel
45 x 35cm (18 x 14inch), Acrylic, Woodcut
Still Life with Averna Bottle, Laptop, Iphone, Canvas, Easel, Rag and Brush on Wooden Inlay Panel
70 x 50cm (28 x 20inch), Acrylic, Woodcut, Collage