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About Bohuslav

Bohuslav Barlow was born as Bohuslav Klos in Bruntal, a small peasant township in Upper Moravia, Czechoslovakia, in 1947.

Bohuslav Barlow is a Czechoslovakian artist who at 8 years old moved to England having fled Czechoslovakia. It was during Bohuslav’s early years in England that he began to express himself through art. His first picture was a view of the famous Blackpool Tower.  When he reached Manchester School of Art it gave him the opportunity to use oil paints for the first time. From here, he then went onto the Central School of Art in London in the grip of hard edge abstractionism; which was contrary to his own instincts. He taught for one term in London and from then on decided to live as a full time professional artist which he has done ever since.

Bohuslav’s paintings and drawings can be viewed by appointment at Shade Studio, 58 Burnley rd, Todmorden, Lancs OL14 5EY.

“He can extract painful intensity from a subject as uncompromising as an old toy, discarded in an empty grate”


– THE GUARDIAN

Bohuslav’s family fled Czechoslovakia while he was a baby as The Iron Curtain descended; for Furstenfeldbruk near Munich. Soon after this his mother moved to England to obtain work, leaving a young Bohuslav in the care of his grandparents. While spending his early years in Bavaria he gained two prevailing memories. The first of which was looking up at the high baroque ceiling in Furstenfeldbruk Church while singing the Catholic chants, and admiring the glorious angels and fat-bottomed putti as they swirled around in a complex design of whites and golds. The second memory was of his home in late summer, aflame with poppies and with a distant view of the Bavarian Alps far beyond. Although his first memory is of Catholic imagery you will not find any in his mature work unlike flowers from his second memory which is recurring even in his most recent pictures.

At 8 years old, Bohuslav was summoned to England to his mother and stepfather (from whom he took the surname Barlow) in Blackpool. Understandably, it took time to adjust and settle in England; which was made worse by the suspicion in which people from Germany were regarded so soon after the end of WWII. But it was during Bohuslav’s early years in England that he began to express himself through art. His first picture was a view of the famous Blackpool Tower. He then progressed to copying film posters and gradually moved onto better things; which were often linked to an imaginary world that he told his step siblings stories about. The discovery of his profession as an artist was slow and torturous; due to his family’s extreme poverty, Bohuslav’s early pictures were done in pencil and coloured crayons on cheap paper.

When he reached Manchester School of Art it gave him the opportunity to use oil paints for the first time. From here, he then went onto the Central School of Art in London in the grip of hard edge abstractionism; which was contrary to his own instincts. He taught for one term in London and from then on decided to live as a full time professional artist which he has done ever since.

While still living in London, Bohuslav travelled to Blackburn and by chance passed through Todmorden on his way. He was struck by the wild, romantic scenery and felt that this was what he wanted to paint. And from this decision he moved to Todmorden at the age of 26; and then started to produce the work which has lead him to his imagery today. Bohuslav today still lives in Todmorden with his wife and two children.

He finally found a place that felt like home.

Contact Bohuslav


Bohuslav Barlow

Shade Studio, 58 Burnley Road,
Todmorden, Lancashire, United Kingdom OL14 5EY
Open: Saturdays 10am-5pm

E. info@bohuslavbarlow.co.uk

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