Welcome to Vladimir Tichy
Vladimir Tichy is a ceramic sculptor. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1926 where he studied art at the University of Fine and Applied Art. He arrived in Australia in December 1968 after the Russian/Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia following the Prague Spring.
About Vladimir Tichy
Vladimir opened a Ceramic Architectural Studio in Parramatta in 1969 – Studio Dybka Tichy. In the1970’s Sydney CBD and many suburban and country buidlings had his murals in their public spaces:
The first Centerpoint building (Gallery and Podium levels)
Many RSL clubs throughout Sydney and country NSW eg Queanbeyan RSL (burned down) and Orange Ex Services club (still there and in excellent condition.)
The St George Rowing Club façade.
The Hobart Wrest Point Casino.
Many have been destroyed by refurbishing and demolition.
There was a huge mural in the former Baulkham Hills Entertainment centre – now
Demolished as part of land clearing for the North West Rail link.
Some still survive today:
The mural on the wall of the stairs to Museum station from Bathurst Street.
The large multipanel work in the foyer of 28 Foveaux St Surry Hills – The Macleay College Building.
Orange Ex-Services Club moved my father’s mural to a more prominent location during renovation of the club. This was a mammoth task as the mural is 12m long and 3m high. They still hand out the leaflet with the story and inspiration behind the mural.
St Paul’s Catholic Church in Albion Park( near Wollongong) is decorated by him throughout, including three large wall murals of Jesus, the Way of the Cross, and a statue of Mary with baby Jesus. The Church is celebrating a 40 year anniversary next year.
After the Studio closed down he worked for Norbrik in a custom built studio in what is now Bella Vista and Norwest Business Park. It was here that he created the large 30m mural for the Hills Entertainment Centre which has been demolished to make way for the Norwest Rail.
He retired in his 60’s and has a small studio at his home in Hornsby. He had been working there and exhibiting with the Sculptors’ society until the death of his wife, Georgina, in 2009. All inspiration left him when she died.
His sketches and documents have been accepted by the Library of NSW to preserve
the record of a very successful Sydney artistic ceramic studio.
The Shepparton Museum in Victoria has a selection of his works in
St. Paul's Catholic Parish, Albion Park As part of their 40th anniversary celebradmins, 14 Jan 2015
On June 25th 2013, the Hills Shire Times ran a feature article, 'Legacy Lost', on Vladmir Tichy's muadmins, 17 Dec 2014