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 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.
My next exhibition will be in just 2-3 weeks now – at the Müszi, at Blaha Luiza Square, Budapest, on Thursday November 20th at 6.00 pm. The exhibition will be opened by Egyed László.
I will be showing a larger number of pieces, both recent and older, than I did at the Ékezet Gallery.
The title of the Exhibition is ‘Here and Now’ and I will be showing mainly newer and more recent compositions, alongside a few older works. The exhibition is meant to show how some of the techniques I have worked on have evolved in terms of style, up to the present. I work using materials ranging from acrylic to wax, metal foil and glass fragments, creating further layers of complexity over reflective surfaces.
And I am delighted to be getting the opportunity to show my work againl.
The exhibition at the Ékezet Galéria went very well.
Here is a Facebook link to the photos taken in the course of the evening. And a big thank you to the Ékezet for helping to make it such a pleasant occasion! The exhibition will still be there until the 28th September.
Another place where I have a work on view as part of a mixed exhibition is still on at the Szimpla Kert, a ruin pub in the heart of ‘alternative’ Budapest. This is part of the ongoing programme to open up the world of art to both artists and viewers within the city of the Kazi30 Galéria, now moved to Paulay Ede Utca 56. The anarchic atmosphere and ambience of the Szimpla Kert does seem to be one of the better places to do this.
Until more recently I did not really know any other practising atists within the city, but now I do have the chance to meet artists regularly to do life drawing together. Here is the opening of one of these other members, Egyed László, whose very fine and sensual life drawings were exhibited not so long ago.
Seems there could be quite a lot happening in November, so stay tuned.
Exhibition at Ékezet Galéria
Thursday September 12th 7 00 pm
Hajos Utca 41 Budapest
To be opened by Zoltán Miszlai
A brand new series of layered, textural mixed-media pieces, some on paper, others on canvas
“Golden Topographies” című kiállítása nyílik szeptember 12-én az Ékezet Galériában a Hajós u. 41 szám alatt. A kiállítást megnyitja Miszlai Zoltán.
Mindegyik alkotás teljesen új lesz.
There is nothing like the knowledge that exhibitions are on the way to motivate towards getting new work done! I hope to have a surprise or two in stroe for the Ékezet Galéria in September and to have one or two more works to choose from when itis tim for the Müszi exhibition.
Progress can be viewed from my Facebook page…..
Meanwhile, here I have added some more images – firstly to my Life Drawing section – where not only is there the chance to draw a life model, but where it is also possible to expereince that much more of a sense of community among other artists, in a milieu which is neither self-consciously expat, nor parochially local. And the wine and cuisine from Mr Fekete are also a real treat!
I have also added some more works to the My Larger mixed-media Pieces section too – though in fact, the works I have added to the latter are not all that big……..
I have had many well-meaning people aske me why I do not ‘go bigger’ with my paper collage works – well here, there is now a selection in this style on canvas – using more of the media that would only work on a more robust surface too – but there will certainly be some larger pieces soon to flesh out this particular slection of works.
In both cases, please scroll down towards the bottom to find these……
Please visit my ‘New Paper Collage pieces’ to see several new works created on hard paper, using metal foil, gold and solver wax-based paint and paper of different colours, here! These include images I first showed here in my earlier ‘sneak preview’ post.
In these compositions, I experimented with cracked surfaces, after painting over two or three layers of paper, then removing the top layers and regluing them, to reveal the unpainted surface underneath. I added layers of paper foil, then repainted over these, allowing these to shine through, for more added depth and still further complexity of layers.
All of the surfaces are reflective and thus change with the mood.
In this respect, the camera meets me half way in recreating the surfaces and the ‘jewelled’ qualities these possess. In these latest works I did not use my scanner but rather my camera, using ‘lying’ mode. I am not sure this is the right way to express this in English actually as my phablet phone is still set to Hungarian and it was switched from automatic to ‘fekvő’ mode. This latter produced greater sharpness of images and richer, more golden shades – though the size of these works is reduced hugely so that they will upload smoothly onto this site.
There is a chance I will be able to present a solo exhibiton of my larger works in the Autumn of this year – so please watch this space. Currently I have works on show in Budapest at the co-operative run KAZI 30 project run by the Ferdinand Gallery at Kazinzsky Utca 30 and at the Újnesz venue at Papnövelde Utca 2, near Ferenciek Tér, Budapest.
For Those of Little Faith…..
Work does shift at the Ferdinand, at Kazi30! There now will this summer be more opportunities to show a work or two at Szentendre too as well as at Buda and accordingly I have taken more pieces to show there. One of these is the work featured here – Echoes of Bam.
Recently I went to visit an exhibition of Reigl Judit at the soon-to be closed down gallery near Boráros Tér in Budapest.
It was felt that the work was a little hit-and-miss – it did seem that for her, the process of creating seemed more important in many instances than the result – the most patterned and considered work was the best. She certainly appears to be the mistress of the Splodge – though in the Fifties, Splodges would have been radical indeed.
It was interesting to note that she liked to allow some substances to bleed through the canvas, creating subtleties of shading and staining…
I also bought a book about Roszda Endre, whose works we saw at a gallery near Moscow Square, when it was still Moscow Square. I always respond to work that is full of intricacy and pattern.