Acrylic on canvas
The work of Jan Kolata is made of colours and transparencies. He paints on his canvasses laid down on the floor. At first, he pours, often without looking, diluted acrylic colours on the canvas, then he alters this layer by scraping it with different tools, often purchased from construction supply stores (especially squeegees for cleaning windows, big brushes, rags, sponges, even sanders). This forms an amalgamation out of which the idea and form of the work gradually emerge. It’s not a preconception but a deliberate action with the material that produces, in a process that is never uniform and leaves room for chance, the artistic outcome.