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Encounters may be different - nice, boring, inspirative, useless... When speaking about Jan Hisek (34) - we have met met him recently several times.We visited his atelier and saw his graphics, spoke about the pleasures and disappointments of a young creative artist, whom the conoisseurs speak in superlatives about, however the media avoid him.

Who is actually that "mysterious person" that spends most of his days in his far away atelier close to the Prague "Bridge of the Inteligency" and from where he starts for his lectures abroad at the mosr prestigeous schools?

What to do with a man who in the time of technical madness invents and works his own graphic method and technic and religion is for him an unexhaustible source of symbols through which he ties to address his environment, a man who considers his mastership in deep print only a accesoir to his paintings and drawings and seeks his own free way to avoid official alignment?

If we succeed to present one of the most interesting personalities of the younf artistic generation at this exhibition, then we must say that our encounters were not in vain.

Petr Kraus, ArtForum

(The revelations of artist Jan HÝsek)

One day, the light appeared on the sky, brighter than any star, shining through black darkness of the night, the illumination of upper regions of realm. And while some people talked about coming wars, disasters and hunger, only few realized it was the fulfillment of the old prophesies, the promise of peace and tranquility, the daybreak of wonders. It was announcing the coming of the Lamb, the son of God, the Saviour of the world.

There weren't three sisters, three fates at His cradle, but three kings from the East who, lead by the light in the sky, travelled all the way to Bethlehem, to see Him and kneel before Him since it was revealed to them He was the "King of kings". He called himself modestly just "Son of Man" since He knew He came to this world with one purpose only: to die for his fellow men, to give them the supreme sacrifice, his own life.

And he was not only Son of Man, he also lived like one. The christening of Christ by John Baptist was the indication that Jesus took on Himself all the sins of mankind. He then spent forty days in solitude, in deep meditation and prayer. After that, He went on preaching and people came and listened to Him. He told them all about his kingdom - which was not from this world, as he said. He called Himself "the good Shepherd" and soon there was many of his followers. They realized that all he said made perfect sense: man should not cause any harm to his fellow men, since they were all children of God, they were all brothers and sisters. And in order to be forgiven, one has to forgive first.

He loved them all, innocents and sinners as well. He knew their sins were only weaknesses, that deep down they can be as good and innocent as children. He showed them there is a way to salvation through regret and repentance of their sins. He taught them about brotherly love and that people do not need to be like the ships, passing each other in the night, but they should be meeting at sea instead.

While many people were enlightened, the others hated him and even conspired against him. On his Last Supper, he gave people the celebration of the Holy Mass, the reminder that he might leave this Earth, but that he would never leave them. Still, He was betrayed, humiliated, judged and sentenced to terrible death. He died in pain, like people do, probably the most painful death of them all. Then, resurrected and on his way to the sky, he left with them his last message: "I am the Hope, I am the Way."

For many people, his sacrifice was lost - they never saw the light. Others tried to live the way he preached, but were not strong enough and failed. However, there were also many who succeeded and many more are trying today, because they believe that He is the Way, the only way...

© Jan B. Hurych
Hurontaria - Czech/English magazine

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