JAN ŠVANKMAJER & EVA ŠVANKMAJEROVA
Jan Svankmajer is a Czech filmmaker and surrealist artist. His career has spanned over several decades with his work inspiring the likes of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay. His work often involves clay in stop motion animation which also uses people and everyday objects as well as food which is a favourite subject and medium. His films have been described as bizarre, funny, disturbing, child like and aggressive in nature. “In 1972 the communist authorities banned him from making films, and many of his later films were suppressed. He was almost unknown in the West until the early 1980s.”
Eva Svankmajerova was a surreal painter and ceramicist who was married to Jan Svankmajer until her passing in 2005. Before her death she had collaborated with Jan on many of his films.