Artwork

Life's journey of an uninteresting man

By Milan Lorman


In 1958, while attending Course of Training for Cartographers in the Australian Regular Army's School of Survey in Balcombe, Victoria, I have used whatever spare time remained each day and weekends after classes to produce a map of Slovakia in four colours as a pet project. The map itself, to look at it, while correct in whatever detail it contains, nevertheless betrays the beginners’ status of a trainee cartographer. What is, in my - perhaps not humble enough opinion - more worthy of display are the pen-and-ink drawings and a few examples of folkloristic Slovak ornamental art, with which I have endeavoured to decorate the borders of the map. My intention was to make it pleasing enough to look at so that at least some of my fellow exiles from Slovakia would hang it on the wall in whatever foreign land they now call their home.



V 1958-om roku, keď som sa učil kartografické remeslo, či umenie, v Škole pre Armádnych Geodétov a Kartografov v Balcombe v štáte Victoria, ja som využil každú voľnú chvíľu aj po práci aj na konci týždňa prípravou štvor-farebnej mapy Slovenska. Nerobil som to pre žiaden zisk, ani som si nebol istý, či to ako študent zvládnem. No nakoniec ona uvidela svetlo sveta a asi 200 výtlačkov rozpredal v Amerike medzi tamojšími Slovákmi môj dobrý priateľ Janko Belianský a zo dva tucty rozobrali tunajší Austrálski krajania. Samotná mapa, hoci je informačná a pre ten rok aj veľmi časová – vtedy zavedené zmeny mien miest a obcí na Dolniakoch som uvádzal v červených písmenách vedľa pôvodných mien v poslednej chvíli – sa mi zdá teraz príliš amatérska, ale ilustrácie, ktorými som sa snažil moje umelecké dielo trochu okrášliť, sa mi dosť dobre podarili. Takisto môjmu rozvrhu plochy prispôsobené ľudové ornamenty sa ľuďom páčili. Teraz ich ponúkam na posúdenie a dúfam aj potešenie Vám, mojim hosťom na tejto Web stránke. ML



Drawings




artist: Milan Lorman
Dr. Jozef Škultéty, (1853-1948) Throughout his life a leading figure in Slovak literary and cultural life.

Generaly called simply "Baťko" ("Poppa") Škultéty.

Drawing 15





artist: Milan Lorman
The Gothic Castle in Zvolen was built for the Hungarian king Louis of Anjou in the second half of the 14th Century.

Drawing 16





artist: Milan Lorman
Pavol Országh-Hviezdoslav is the most prominent figure in the line-up of Slovak poets.

He is sometimes called “The Slovak Shakespeare”.

Drawing 17





artist: Milan Lorman
Levoča was declared a Free Royal town in 1323. The 15th century Town Hall is now a museum.

The Church of St.James behind it houses the largest gothic altar in the world.

Drawing 18





artist: Milan Lorman
Svetozár Hurban-Vajanský – Slovak author, poet, literary critic and a foremost Slovak patriot of the pre-WW1 era

Drawing 19





artist: Milan Lorman
Jozef Miloslav Hurban – the father of Svetozár Hurban, Writer and Patriot.

For almost one half of the 19th century he stood in the forefront of the struggle for the rights of the Slovak people – even armed struggle during the revolutionary years of 1848-49.

Drawing 20





artist: Milan Lorman
Gothic Cathedral
of St Elizabeth
in Košice,
the second largest
city in Slovakia.

Drawing 21







© 2006 Milan Lorman