Petr Weigl is an artist specialising in remarkable contemporary art pieces created in ceramic, concrete and metals. Son of a Czech émigré born in England, Petr trained as a graphic designer before following his muse and dedicating himself to ceramics at Central Saint Martin’s in 2001.
Petr finds inspiration from his past, present and how he perceives himself in the world. This predominantly breaks down into a fascination in people, psychology and our inherent interactions. Also and equally weighted the allure of 'mother nature', boasting her plethora of mathematical patterns; in imperfect perfection.
Each art piece transforms, magnifies and captures a complex blend of philosophy, emotion and self-reference. The works are striking and deceptively simple upon first glance, growing in complexity over refection revealing narratives within.
Petr Weigl's works can be found the world over. Exhibiting on the international art fair circuit, his works are commissioned and purchased by private collectors, commercial institutions, and art enthusiasts.
The Alchemy of Concrete
Concrete is not a material one readily associates with fine art. From imposing Le Courbusier-inspired Brutalist architecture to the humble paving slab, it is ubiquitous yet often abused by builders and misunderstood by the public.
Yet in the skilled hands of artist Petr Weigl, it assumes new identities. Masquerading as raw marble or limestone, his work creates organic topographies that draw in the viewer. Inspired by forms found in nature, the works display imperfections and textures that are as rewarding seen close up as they are when viewed from a distance.
Years of experimentation have enabled Petr to master his medium completely. He is continually fascinated by its ability to deceive the eye when handled with sensitivity and vision. Despite its robustness, he says, concrete is remarkably susceptible to external factors. "The challenge is to understand and work with them". Watching him at work is akin to seeing an alchemist transform his base
material into gold. Exploiting its fluid nature and carefully adding a variety of pigments, found objects, precious metals and gemstones, Weigl adds subtle depth and narrative momentum to his works. Once complete, each piece displays profound layers of colour, pattern and natural grain that are light years away from the swathes of faceless grey that fill our towns and cities.
Handmade and finished in his London studio, each artwork is unique. Weigl assesses the space a commission will occupy, then creates tile-like constructions can stand alone or multiple pieces that create a sense of flow and harmony within that space. In stark contrast to concretes coarse nature, Petr Weigls art is imbued with a deep sense of peace and calm.
His approach embraces artistic tradition and artisan skills twinned with a modern design sensibility and the desire to challenge convention and preconceptions about this fascinating material.