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.
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.