Irena Prikryl’s creative talent has been nurtured since her childhood in the Czech Republic where, from an early age, she studied under one of Europe’s most academically recognized and highly accomplished artists — the painter, graphic artist, and illustrator Jan Jůzl (1905-1976).
Her love of creative pursuits led to her graduating in Arts and Textiles, with her passion for the disciplines resulting in an award-winning fashion design career, spanning over 35 years and two continents.
The thirst for exciting and innovative artistic endeavours has always played a big role in Irena’s life. More recently, meeting some of Australia’s highly regarded landscape photographers, inspired her to explore photography as another fulfilling creative medium. This ultimately led to opening The Maud Street Photo Gallery in 2014, and taking on the task of establishing a hub for photographers, the Queensland Centre for Photography in 2018.