Czech it out

Czech it out

This is my grandfather's art. My art is the corsair.

John Stribrny Jr. was born and raised in Chicago’s Back of the Yards. As a child, he began a lifelong participation in American Sokol, an education and physical culture organization, and the Czechoslovak Society of America. He attended Hedges School and the Tilden Technical High School. While at Tilden, he attended Saturday classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduation in 1942, he became a full-time student at the Art Institute and enrolled at the University of Chicago.John left school in 1943 to enlist in the Army. He served in the European Theater of Operations with the 424 Regimental Combat team, 106th Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious achievement during the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to school in 1946 and completed his studies in 1949. Palos Park, IL became home to the family, John, his wife Vlasta, and children Scott and Lynne, in 1955. He served the Palos community as President of the Library Board, during which a new library was built, and served on its board for 12 years.

Over a period of years, representations of his work have been in various galleries: Sternberg, Long Grove Studio, Prince, Nyman, Merril Chase, The Clipper Ship, Wyman’s, Vogt and others. His work is in various collections both private and corporate, some as far away as Japan, and some as near as the Union league club in Chicago. His primary discipline was in oil painting, but he also engaged in cast sculpture, the largest works being commissioned by Sherwin Williams. He spent almost 40 years in art instruction, part of that time was at Morraine Valley Community College and the Blue Island Art League. Paintings from his last few years have been primarily of the Palos area and of the Upper Penninsula of Michigan where he has his hand-built log cabin. The Town and Country Art League was formed in his studio. He was also a member of the Oil painters of America.

John died of lung cancer on May 11, 2002, a few weeks short of his 77th birthday.