• Lukas Kroulik

6th October 2022, Travellers Club, London

My good friend, Richard Hilliard put together a wonderful evening of #entertainment but also bringing #awareness to an important topic on Thursday 6th October 2022, in the traditional British style at the Travellers Club, London.

Lady Milford Haven shared her story behind her charity for helping young men and teenage girls in uncertain situations James's Place.

Richard co-produced the evening with the bespoke theatre Spectrum Drama.

One could recognise familiar faces of the actors reading from Richard’s book ‘Plenty of Grapes’.

Richard asked me to photograph the evening which was an unique opportunity to meet, talk and photograph some of the very special guests across the spectrum: members of the Royal Family namely, Clare Husted Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven and George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven, arts, sports, entertainment, business, philosophy and other professionals.

Richard Hilliard, Clare Husted Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven and George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven, photographed by Lukas Kroulik at the Travellers Club.

Lukas Kroulik and Elle Xu at the Travellers Club.

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Wowed to be with such great artists and Royal Academicians in this year’s summer show! #RASummer – all about climate change.

Many thanks to everyone who has visited this year’s 254th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

I am thrilled that my image was sold 🔴 and it will continue visually telling my story of HOPE ♻️ and also this sale supports the Royal Academy Schools which makes me so happy.

Humbled to be chosen as one of the five RA summer show exhibitors to be featured in the Royal Academy celebratory video, for this year’s summer exhibition which is all about climate change.

I had the opportunity to share my work with the world online as I was featured in this year’s official summer exhibition video and in person sharing my story behind the chosen photograph while taking my guests (from the leading figures in the contemporary art and architecture, photography, Harvard Business School professor and his wife, top mindfulness guru, friends and family as well as all the art lovers, supporters to art-buyers) to see the whole exhibition in the beautiful galleries of the RA in the heart of London.

The Summer Exhibition is back! Still the world’s largest open-call exhibition, the 2022 show is coordinated by Royal Academician Alison Wilding. The exhibition brings together over 1,200 works made by everyone from emerging to internationally renowned artists, all exploring this year’s timely theme of ‘Climate’.

Hana Kroulikova and Lukas Kroulik in front of the Royal Academy of the Arts.

Lukas Kroulik's extra special guests (L-R) Barbara Contini, Lucie Vaclav and Adebayo Bolaji.

My image ‘Left Behind’ selected by distinguished judges Rana Begum RA and Niall McLaughlin MBE RA, photo by Lukas Kroulik, Large Weston Room.

Rana Begum RA

Niall McLaughlin MBE RA

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Chelsea Arts Club, London, Summer Group Exhibition 2022

"You can see me as a carefree child, born on 6th May 1923 in Male Svatonovice, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia. My father was Josef Uhlir, a significant local figure in public life, and an exact contemporary and neighbour of Czech novelist Karel Capek, who created an idyllic vision of childhood for generations of young Czech readers. You can read about it in his iconic Czech children's books."

“I kept this photo of me as a daring 20 year old. Imagine a Czech girl having to smile at the official camera in the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia in 1943! This is my stamped Nazi ID card photo which allowed me to stay in Eastern Bohemia, working on a local farm instead of being deported to slave labour factory work in Germany. That was a great new beginning back in 1943! Dressing up and looking good however bad things became was my small rebellion."

"Then came the stifling years of the Russians and Communism. We all needed a fantasy life to escape a little and fashion was one way through the many dark years of my adult life. We only had synthetic fabrics for the dresses I made. Cotton, linen and wool were luxuries for the Party bigwigs and their wives and girlfriends. I made everything from scratch. And I always made the most of what we had. Here I am baking in my kitchen in the year of the Velvet Revolution, when I turned 66."

"This is me at 85. A lot has changed. But look at my eyes. They show my zest for life throughout all those years. There were many ups and downs. You could worry about those. But my best advice for all of you is to just keep going."

Hana Hejnova (1923 – 2013)

'Elegant Czech Survivor' by Lukas Kroulik

Any process from the sale of my picture will be donated to Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Chelsea Arts Club - Summer Group Exhibition 2022 image 'Elegant Czech Survivor' by Lukas Kroulik, nr. 153

'Elegant Czech Survivor' by Lukas Kroulik

I worked closely together with Hana as we created her final portrait, incorporating all of her own styling ideas.

These gold earrings were given to her by her father for christening, made to order and set in Czech granite from Turnov, near Prague. The lace collar was a gift from Hana's best friend for life, Libuse, who she met at her finishing school in Ceska Skalice. Libuse was the best at lace making and she gave Hana her pretty collar to make an everyday blouse or jumper stand out. Hana treasured her healthy signature look with glowing rosy cheeks, as well her carefully styled hair - which she called her "crown". I photographed her in a favourite armchair with a throw she had made together with the curtains in front of the bookcase.

Her identity, with her straight up posture, wide curious eyes and smile had never changed.

Celebrating the Elegant Czech Survivor at the Chelsea Arts Club, London


Český rozhlas Hradec Králové

Bohemia Retrospective - Photographic Exhibition

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