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Ilja Bílek

  • Glass sculptor
  • Ústí nad Labem-město; Prague, Czech Republic
  • Master Artisan
Ilja Bílek Glass sculptor
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Compelling sculptures

  • • Ilja creates dynamic sculptural compositions
  • • His works merge geometric and flowing forms
  • • He demonstrates excellent craftsmanship

Ilja Bílek works entirely in glass, a material he loves for its myriad qualities – its transparency, reflectiveness, opacity, strength and fragility. Since the mid-1980s he has developed a distinct artistic language based on the compositional qualities of spatial segments of molten glass and glass panels. He is bringing together opposing principles, rethinking new ways of dynamic composition, for example by the intermingling of kindred forms of polyhedrons, often hollow trihedral prisms. A number of the artist's newest sculptures, stereo-metric principles are present only in detail, in the form of cut-glass elements. Until 2017, Ilja Bílek also shared his expertise with students at the J.E.P. University in Ústí n./L., where he was the head of the glass art studio.

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Geers II

This melted grey glass sculpture is comprised of three parts, in which the more organic elements are connected by a massive transparent block.

Length 45 cm
Width 62 cm
Height 64 cm

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This sculpture is formed of mould melted green and white glass geometric forms positioned in two parts.

Length 60 cm
Width 64 cm
Height 55 cm

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Six pack

This sculpture is created with green flat glass sheet. The expression of the piece is based on a contrast of colours and materials.

Length 52 cm
Width 34 cm
Height 16 cm

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This sculpture in four parts is based on the contrast of the forms and opaque and semi-transparent glass.

Length 45 cm
Width 14 cm
Height 45 cm

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