Jan Švankmajer

Jan Švankmajer is a Czech surrealist artist and filmmaker. His work consists of several media and has influenced other artists such as Terry Gilliam (Monty Python) and Tim Burton. He has produced 7 feature-length films and 27 short films covering the time span from 1964 to 1992. He is largely most known for his distinctive use of stop-frame technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish yet funny pictures. He currently lives and works in Prague.

I have seen his work a few times before online and have always been drawn to it. The abrupt content and way it is expressed really captivates me as things go from normal to strange to stranger. Švankmajer often manages to give enough information and context to enable a mild understanding, or at least guide the viewers towards constructing a metaphorical understanding. Top quality absurdity.

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