Mgr.A Jan Hásek
1. How did you get to designing coins and medals?
During my studies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the creative arts studio of Professor Jiří Harcuba.
2. Do you remember your first design for Czech Mint?
Of course, I have worked for Czech Mint just recently. My design for a coin commemorating “Gustav Mahler“ was chosen for coinage in 2010. I participated with this design in a competition organized by the Czech National Bank and it placed right after the winning designs. After adaptation for a medal it was then minted in Czech Mint.
3. Do you know how many designs you created during your career?
Certainly not the total number of designs over these 20 years, but I could count the designs I did during the two years of cooperation with Czech Mint.
4. Which work for Czech Mint pleased you most, which do you like best to remember?
It is most likely the “Gustav Mahler“ medal because it was followed by other interesting projects. Design for the medal commemorating “Václav Havel“ was definitely a great challenge and recently also the medal noting “T. G. Masaryk“.
What themes do you prefer?
Portrait, historical as well as contemporary themes.
5. Where do you find inspiration for your works and where do you create them?
I look for inspiration in everyday life, in my own visions, photographs, books and also on the internet. I work in my studio.
6. Do you have a secret dream, is there something you would like to achieve and what would you describe as the peak in a medallist’s career?
I do have a dream and because it’s secret I will not give it away…