Oldřich Kulhánek as a significant Czech stamp designer

January 16th, 2015

According to info received by FindYourStampsValue.com Czech Post is to release Tradition of Czech Stamp Design issue that commemorates another significant stamp designer, Oldřich Kulhánek. The stamp shows a portrait of Oldřich Kulhánek based on the same imaging principle as the one used by Kulhánek. This means that attention is paid also to details that do not compliment but emphasize the image of a "tired philosopher". The issue is to be released and put into circulation on the 21st of January.

Oldřich Kulhánek is a world famous artist. He was born on 26 February 1940 and died on 28 January 2013. He started to study arts at the Art School in Prague and continued his studies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the class of Professor Karel Svolinský. The years spent with this teacher laid down the basic foundation for Kulhánek's career as an artist.

Kulhánek mostly concentrated on graphic art and drawings. He also designed the new Czech banknotes and many Czech postage stamps.

In 1971, he was arrested by Czech secret police and charged with disparaging representatives of Communist countries (a reference to the portrayal of Stalin in some of Kulhánek's graphic sheets).

This led to a total ban on exhibiting his works, co-operating with any publishers or using any publicity in the 1970s. In spite of the ban, he used numerous friends in the United States, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria and France to stay in touch with Europe's art scene. The situation changed after the 1989 fall of the Communist regime in the then Czechoslovakia.

During his first visit to the United States in 1990, Kulhánek attended the Litographic Workshop in Los Angeles. A number of visits to the United States followed. He led the drawing workshop in the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrne Beach in the summer of 1991. In 1995, he stayed at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas. He chaired the Stamp Design Board of Česká pošta, s.p.