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Art After 1945

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Category: Contemporary Art

Mate Orr

Máté Orr’s works build upon an old-master tradition and are born from the juxtaposition of unexpected components and an interchange of the particular and the ideal. While some elements are painted with photorealistic precision, they alternate with sharply contoured silhouettes. His technique straddles the classical and the baroque, those two great tendencies in Western art: the drive to capture unique identity of object and urge to express a universalizing form. While some elements are painted with photorealistic precision, they alternate with sharply contoured silhouettes. His technique straddles the classical and the baroque, those two great tendencies in Western art: the drive to capture unique identity of object and urge to express a universalizing form.

Orr was born in 1985 in Veszprém, a town in the Hungarian countryside with a diversely rich cultural history, to a family of artists. His work has been shown in many group and solo shows throughout Hungary and at Art Fairs in Beijing, Monaco and Budapest, attracting a loyal Hungarian following as well as an international group of collectors as far afield as Finland, India, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

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Category: Contemporary Art

Françoise Gilot

Françoise GILOT is a legend. The woman who left Picasso. The enduring friend of Endre Rozsda. Wife and companion of the world-famous research doctor Dr. Jonas Salk. The last living witness to the development of 20th Century art. Paris and New York. The eternal woman.

Gilot’s painterly career, spanning 80 years, is a story of triumph, her oeuvre gradually taking its rightful place over the last decades. She has fought many battles to shed the title of "Picasso's muse" and to be recognised by the profession as a first-rate artist in her own right.
Her art traces its roots back to the revolutionary heyday of the twentieth century where she was in direct contact with such notable personalities of the time as Braque, Matisse, Paul Éluard, André Breton, Aragon, Cocteau and Robert Capa.
Her early works show the influence of Matisse and Braque. Between 1941 and 1944 she attended painting classes in the Paris-based studio of the Hungarian artist, Endre Rozsda. In her youth, she was the partner and muse of Pablo Picasso for 10 years, but over the course of their cohabitation she preserved her own artistic style.
She is a highly versatile artist. In addition to painting, she has devoted herself with great enthusiasm to different printing techniques. In the 1950s, she was the first woman to be deemed worthy to print lithographs in the legendary Mourlot Atelier in Paris.
She regards her work as an endless pilgrimage in which it is not arrival that matters, but rather the journey itself.
Her works are exhibited in more than a dozen museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, their prices on the rise.
Last year her works have gained considerable success at the Sotheby’s auctions in London (Paloma à la Guitare, 1965, $1.3 million) and the Christie’s special auction in Hong Kong (Living Forest, 1977, $1.27 million).

The relationship between Françoise Gilot and the Várfok Gallery, one of the oldest contemporary art galleries of Hungary came about through Endre Rozsda, the Hungarian Surrealist painter and great friend of Gilot. He introduced Károly Szalóky, owner of the Gallery to Gilot in 1999. Since 2000, the Várfok Gallery has staged several solo exhibitions of Gilot's unparalleled œuvre and it is proud to be the only European gallery to maintain a personal relationship with the artist and to show the largest collection of her work available in Europe.

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Category: Contemporary Art

Kata Gaál

Kata Gaál graduated in 2017 in Graphic Arts from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. Kata Gaál has always had an autonomous and experimental approach and, despite her young age, she creates a characteristic visual world in her works.

Her highly individual collage and montage techniques require special materials such as wax, wood or pieces of fabric built into the artworks creating interesting and relief-like surfaces on the wooden panels.Her paintings usually reflect on her own experiences, so in her works we can see the actual universal questions in which she is interested.

Currently, important topics presented in her works are stereotypical social and gender norms and how these norms are changing with time. Specifically, questions relating to the role of women, relationships, clothing, dominance, or the question of having a child are explored.

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Category: Contemporary Art

Anna Nemes

Anna Nemes graduated in 2014 at the Painting Department of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, but despite her young age she has had a number of individual and several group exhibitions.

In the main focus of her artistic interest stands the human body and the Human itself. While on her earlier paintings disabled people, body builders, her relatives, or animals were presented, on her recent paintings her closest friends and family, or even her body appears. Anna Nemes’ works are defined by the special and unique way of using acrylic: in her monumental, large scale canvases, floating figures appear in front of the empty, pure white background. On the artworks created with great technical skills and precision, the figurative compositions are formed by the different patches and flows of acrylic and their correlations.

Her latest works are characterized with the determinative usage of colour black and more grotesque motivic choice.



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Category: Contemporary Art

János Szirtes

1954, Budapest (H)

János Szirtes is an exceptionally important, versatile artist of the Hungarian art scene. As an artist he is primarily an abstract painter and a performer, but his installations, films, and video works are also significant. His painting went through several stages, from the utilization of organic-surrealistic motifs through the use of crystal-like natural structures, to the layered formalist compositions, where the experience of space is given through the layering of variously ornamented textures. As recognition of his artistic merits, János Szirtes was awarded the Munkácsy Prize in 1990 and the Merit Cross of the Order of the Republic of Hungary in 2009 among many other awards. His works became part of some significant public collections such as the Ludwig Museum in Aachen, the Swedish Upplands Kunstmuseum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery, or the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs.

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Category: Contemporary Art

Ervin Békési

Ervin Békési graduated in 1987 on the Scuplture Department of the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts at the University of Pécs. The main material of Ervin Békési's art is wood. His works are characterised by an infinitely delicate and skilful craftsmanship. The lively, soft plasticity of the smoothly polished wooden surfaces captivates the viewer, generating an extreme tactile stimulus, which is an additional factor in the interpretation of the works. Békési often uses everyday objects in our environment as a basis for his compositions and places them in new, unusual contexts. For example, the two sculptures exhibited at the fair are a crumpled up piece of medical paper and a small piece of packaging material blown up to a very large size. The altered scale and the delicate carving of the wood add a whole new set of associations to the works.

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