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Life Drawing

Life Drawing again!

I found a Life Drawing class at the end of 2011 and after a very long hiatus indeed, got the opportunity to hone my skills in this area once again. This year, the old venue ground to a halt, due to models cancelling at the last minute and so on. I was sorry about this, as one thing I enjoyed about the atmosphere at the venue was that it was a little bit more international: neither exclusively Hungarian nor exclusively expat in favour of any other particular nationality. That made it more easy-going for me – everyone spoke a little Hungarian, a little English, so there was a lot more room to meet each other half way, somehow.

More recently another individual has offered up his home as a venue for life drawing classes. That is Peter Fekete, who does not sound remotely Hungarian.  I recently attended his exhibition opening and his blog can be seen here.

His work reminds me a little of that of an old friend and fellow of mine – Dave Patchett.

Peter’s work does not have the satirical edge that Dave’s has, but the canvass paintings  filled panoramic detail of so many human souls inhabiting various hells does invite comparison.

Dave and I used to exhibit together with a group of other artists from Hillfieds in Coventry

Drawing is followed by plentiful offerings of pizza and wine and once again, the atmosphere seems pretty easy-going and congenial. This is one of my latest drawings:

Nude sitting on blue chair

I am still working on completing older pieces and repairing others before moving on.  My recent experiences with artist’s co-operatives in Budapest have at times been disheartening to say the least. Insiders have occasionally proven to be aggressively territorial of their position as big fish in small ponds. Others appear to start with heady-sounding intentions of changing the closed-shop snobbery of this marvellous city into a vibrantly open hive of creativity and bringing Art back into the centre of people’s lives, reclaiming the artist’s role as virtually Shamanic, and so on, only for this quickly to become what sounds a whole lot more like ‘try to do more white ones, your red ones aren’t getting enough votes and that blue doesn’t go down either. Not that your red ones aren’t any good, but……’

It was suggested to me I had fallen victim to the tyranny of the Market.

Taking the ‘treat your great Soul work on high as something to be be Marketed’ does appear to offer hope, a solution to the old Starving Artist who might otherwise find the closed shops of the Right Schools and Who you Know a formidable barrier.

The Marketing thing can also seem incredibly reductionist. I suspect that there are individuals somewhere in the world who would be happy to be the ones to part me from my larger peices, just as I have occasionally found individuals willing to buy my A4-size collage work on paper. I just wish I knew how to reach these.

Works on Show in the City

Ferdinand Gallery – new work on show for the next month from March 16th

The Ferdinand Gallery is located at KAZI30, Kazinszky Utca 30, Budapest. KAZI30 is a new venture, designed to function as a co-operative venue for artists who are not part of the ‘closed shop’ mainstream of galleries here.

This is the piece I have on show there for the time being: it is a mixed-media piece on board, 50x50cm in size, its title being ‘Autumns Shades on snow-covered surface.’

Autumn shades on snow-covered surface

I still, also have a work that can be viewed at the headquarters of the Intergaléria Foundation, at Mester Utca 22. This work is also 50×50 cm and completed on board. Its title is ‘Sunset City.’

Sunset City

I understand that Intergaléria have recently formed a new society for local artists and currently are showing work at a town hall in the city centre. However, these days I am starting to get very busy again with teaching work, so will not really have the time to investigate during the week much and the shop is only open from 2 00 pm to 6 most days – when I am at my busiest.

Do check these out yourselves though if you happen to be in town.

 

Clearing the Decks and work on this site

So now I have uploaded images of all the works I woanted to include from each category. As and when I have time, I will now be slowly adding more information about each work.

In the mean time, I can be contacted me wherever there maybe a query about any of the works on show here.

I have recently been showing work at the newly-opened cellar gallery KAZI30, at Kazinszky Utca 30 Budapest, organised by the Ferdinand Gallery. There will be an opening of the new mixed show for the next month there at 6 00pm this Sunday. I will only be exhibiting the one piece this time round, the one shown here. It can also be viewed on my ‘Larger Mixed-media Pieces’ page. It was completed in 2008, on board, and is 50×50 cm, titled ‘Autumnal shades on snow surfaces.’

Much of what the Ferdinand Gallery was music to my ears – reaching the people directly and getting away from the exclusivity and sheer snobbery of traditional galleries. Artists working together in a sense of community.

This has been my first experience of participating in a co-operative run gallery and now it does seem to be more a question of it being about nothing but the rent and how much each artist can afford to lose each month, alongside popularity votes and bruised egos. It is still early days there though.

Beyond this, there is nothing like having a new site to stimulate a certain amont of self-criticism. Recently I have made a cull of several pieces that seemed to me to still need work, or repairing, or simply, just getting rid of, in order to make way for new ideas.

Making Headway

For new visitors to my site, I would like to welcome you!

I have uploaded several works to each of my Works sections. These include my Larger mixed-media works, my paper collage pieces, colour drawings and life drawings.

 

At the moment, Life Drawing is at a bit of a hiatus, but I hopeto resume with that soon. After this weekend, I hope to bring you more news about what is happening in Budapest reagarding group exhibitions with which I have been involved recently.