Grotto – Another painting by Daniel Pitin

I bought another painting (my 11th) by the Czech painter, Daniel Pitin, following his recent one-man show at the Hunt Kastner Gallery in Prague.  I haven’t enough wall space at home, so yesterday it was installed at the office (LLP Group).

‘Grotto’ (2015)


It’s a good companion piece to Crystal Landscape, which I bought in September.

‘Crystal Landscape’

cyrstal landscape

You can see more of Daniel’s paintings here.

Daniel Pitin is one of my favourite painters and I’ve been buying his paintings for nearly 16 years. It’s a tempting and short journey of just three metro stops to his studio from my office in Prague. It’s a much longer journey to the Paintbrush Factory in Cluj Napoca in Romania where some of my other favourite painters work or have worked.

Serban Savu

Marius Bercea

Mircea Suciu

Adrian Ghenie

I’ve bought paintings by the first three of these, but Adrian Ghenie’s now sell for stratospheric prices, so it’s too late for me. He’s probably the most successful and well-known young artist from the whole of Central and Eastern Europe. His version of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers sold recently at Sotheby’s in London for more than three million pounds.

‘Sunflowers – 1937’


In case you’re stuck for an idea, a painting by Adrian Ghenie would make a very welcome 60th birthday present next year. Start saving.

Crystal Landscape – A new painting by Daniel Pitin

I’ve just bought a new painting by the young Czech painter, Daniel Pitin (b. 1977). I’ve been buying his paintings for more than fifteen years, the first a year or two before he graduated from the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in 2001.

By chance, in the late 1990s, I saw one of Daniel’s student paintings in a magazine and I have been an enthusiast ever since. I’ve bought ten paintings altogether, and have seen his style evolve over the years, and his fame grow. He has exhibited all over the world, in Florida, California, Venice, Berlin, Vienna, London, and most recently in Shanghai. His paintings have rightly become ever more expensive –  a good thing, for him, at least, and perhaps also for me, should I ever wish to sell them(!).

This is the new painting – Crystal Landscape. I went a month ago to his studio in Prague to look at two paintings that had just returned from Shanghai, but this one caught my eye. It’s large, and since I have no more wall space at home, I’ll install it in the office and trust that my colleagues will like it.

cyrstal landscape

Daniel Pitin is represented by the Hunt Kastner Gallery in Prague. And you can also see more of his paintings here.

These are the nine paintings I’ve bought over the last fifteen years, starting with the most recent. The last, and the first that I bought, is a self-portrait.