My next solo exhibition will be at the gallery venue of The Corinthia Hotel, Budapest! I am naturally very excited to be having the opportunity to exhibit there. The opening will be this coming Saturday 29 September, at 7;30 PM and Képes János, who has sometimes attended a life drawing group I also have exhibited with, and will again, has kindly agreed to host it.
This is the fifth one-night event of its kind, in Alternative Budapest, among the ruin pubs and other such haunts of the inner city and truly open to all, whether or not local or foreign. The only requirement is that each artist, whether or not painter, sculptor, singer, performer, musician or magician, should have a passion for performing and for being wildly creative!
Once again, here is the link
The time will be Thursday March 1st, expected to last beyond midnight, at the Füge Udvar.
Recently I have been attending bazaars at the cellar of the Painter’s Palace, another free and anarchic venue for artists to meet and attend such events as life drawing, collaborating on drawing events and creative writing.
Recently too my work has been chosen among Award-Winner/Award-Winner Finalists in the “Traditional Art” category of the 2017 Soul-Bridge Spiritual&Fantasy Art Contest of Europe. My work can be found among the other finalists via this link.
I also took part in the New York Artbox project event, with my entry with all information about it being shown on the big screen.
The summer was an enormously creative time, thanks in part to being able to work with artsits in the public, at the Gozsdu Court every Thursday in the city of Budapest (and at home too) via the Ferdinand Gallery. Alas, that is no longer possible for the time being due to other commitments and anyway it is starting to get colder……
Several small pieces of mine are already on show at the Jancsó Galéria, at a cosy cellar in Kazinszky Utca 3.
Meanwhile, on the 25th November I will be involved in a group exhibition at Ráday Utca Budpest, organised by Péter Fekete, who has been hosting life-drawing classes, with wine and snacks – sometmies more – at the end of each session. On the 4th November I have been invited to show my work through the Mo Mo Csoport, or group, at the Rottenbiller Café, in the 7th district. The working title will 1The Pearl of Great Price,’ or in Hungarian ‘A Nagy Értékü Gyöngy.’ Once I have the invites ready, I will be posting more precise information.
So watch this space…..
This coming Saturday, March 19th at 4 00 PM, I will be hosting an Open Studio at my home at Rákosfalva. Nibbles will be provided, some drinks already available, but visitors are asked to bring either a bottle, or nibbles. I will show visitors my latest works, alongside older pieces, and present other smaller pieces in albums. I will give instructions on how to find me as soon as I know that enough people will be able to attend.
This kind of design is very labour-intensive and soon I hope to have enough to create a keep calendar purely of these on my RedBubble website, which can be viewed here.
I have also ben working on a small series of citiscape works, which can be viewed here – some of these, at just 20×20 cm, cannot realy be inclided among my larger works, even though they are on canvas:
All work shown here now comes with my unique signature.
The life drawing group, organised by fellow artist Peter Fekete, is getting more lively, though new artists are always welcome to come: here are two new recent pieces of mine. The model was particularly pleased with the one I completed on the right.
Recently I attended an exhibition of Egyed László, at the Örkény Bookshop gallery on St István Körüt: his work is that of a real master. The exhibition venue was very well attended. Most of the pieces were drawn in subtle shades, though others were created using more pronounced outlines and others still were almost minimalist in places:
Earlier on, the host of the life drawing class, Peter Fekete, put on a retrospective show for his late brother, Andrew Fekete, at a private venue, at the Berekei Art Studio, 17 Andrassy Utca. The work is described as being lyrically expressionist, borrowing from the themes of alchemy and Jung – the alchemy theme is certainly something that has interested me for the pőurposes of my own work. Here is a photo of Peter with the main organiser and the gallery owner behind him. The venue was beautifully lit and exceedingly fine wine was served fot the occasion. The work was rather mixed: the later works consisted of thick landscape daubs, whilst his earlier pieces, which I preferred, showed great intricacy in design. Peter talked about the work expressing the sense of alienation of growing up as an alien in London. Being a stranger in a strange land really can be fraying on delicate souls but there are plenty of ways in which it is easy enoughto end up feeling alienated to my mind.
Recently, for example, I encountered a small venue in the city that catered for Outsider Artists at the so-called Tárt kapu galéria – the art brut exhibition in this case, belonging to a group of individuals suffering from autism. This of course means that the artists cannot very well speak for themselves, with all the potential for such individuals being marginalised and therefore possibly patronised as a given – all the same, it was good to know the venue exists.
There is in any case still the chance that the life drawing group will be able to have a group exhibition at some point in the near future, depending on how well this can firt in with various commitments and timetables.
Finally here are some new pieces I have also put up here, belonging to my newer series of mixed-media works on paper:
I am not sure how far that is running into the winter but for the time being, that does appear, still to be ongoing.
This year has not been an especially eventful year from the point of view of exhibitions. However, I do have one work on view at a venue in Budapest called the Bálna, or Whale – on the ground floor. This is a place run by a certain Mihály Lapú, who also puts on solo exhibitions for local artists. The interior venue of the gallery space, called Új Nesz, is very shabby chic, with old antique artifacts and furniture set against more modern-looking artworks. The Old Curiosity Shop.
There is also the possibility of a new society forming in the city for a small group of artists who meet together to hone their life drawing skills. The classes take place once weekly and afterwards there is usually a party involving food and wine. In the future there may also be the possibility of a group exhibition. I hope to have featured a few of my works – more on that if this does come into being.
Over the summer I have also been taking part in a new opportunity in Budapest to work alongside other artists in the open air and in front of the public, at the Gozsdu Court in the city centre. This is the Montmartre experiment. The venue is organised by the Ferdinand Gallery – here is their page on Facebook. The idea is that real artists will have the chance to connect with real people, as well as literally adding more colour to the ambience of the vicinity.
Do come and visit if you are in the area. I can update individuals locally on whther or not I will be there via my art page on Facebook.
Recently I have been returning to the very first media in which I worked – that of patternistic colour drawings in pen and ink. There drawings are created with Caran d’Ache colour pencils – occasionally with Derwent colour pencils too – covering a whole A4 surface of paper with contrasting and complementing shapes and patterns.
The imagery mainly comes pretty well automatically- but compositions such as the one featured here are experiments in colour too. The earlier ones I have posted here, such as this more recent one, titled Red Scythes, was created against a warm beige background, so that the red scythes were given more emphasis.
In this newst one, however, I worked against a grey background and the red shapes here are subsequently far more subdued, whilst the blue and their opposite numbers on the spectrum, the primrose yellow patterns, stand out far more dramatically.
I would like to draw our attention to some of the sites where my artworks can be bought as prints, cards, calendars, or more. I am aware, however, that it is now possible to get printed all the things offered on these sites from local outlets – and possibly more. I would also be more than happy to answer genuine inquiries about creating customised prints using a local outlet. The same naturally applies to the question of inquiries regarding any one of my original pieces.
The first of these print-on-demand sites is Red Bubble. The calendars are generous in size and so not clutter with unnecessary detail, the cards pleasant to look at. I also have a selection of works available as prints, either on paper or on canvas, at FineartAmerica.
I do of course have a presence at Saatchi.
Meanwhile catalogues of my work are available at Blurb.com.
Recently I have added or replaced several pieces as well as adding a whole new page for a set of much smaller pieces a while ago, some of which I had made into cards – these can be seen in ‘Smaller pieces.’
There are some new canvas works in my ‘Larger mixed-media’ page too: This is another experiment in reflective, matt ad opaque surfaces, using gold and copper shades alongside greys, whites and iridescent opal.
I have also uploaded two or three additional life drawings.
I have added several new gold-paint based pieces created on paper on my ‘New paper mixed-media pieces’ section, experimenting still further with different textures, reflective surfaces and shapes.
Finally I have just completed a new colour drawing using caran d’ache pencils at my colour drawing section.
Much of the last few months has consisted of retracing certain steps made in order to move forward again and in looking both forward and back.