I was very impressed by this Hungarian painter’s work so I decided to include him here. I love his use of colours and textures.
“I am the type to turn inward. For me the problems are in their most vivid form. The release created by these crushing extremes does not always remain in the physical realm. This force leads to the path of spirituality and mysticism, but certain desires to know and the drive for experience pulls one back to the earth. This struggle between opposites is reflected in my paintings.
My paintings – from a certain point of view – are inner sounding music. My feelings and thoughts are reflections of allegorical pictures. I’d like my art to help others gain self-realisation, so that they can observe themselves as they are in reality. This could help, for deeper thinking and create a desire for higher existence.” Kalman Maklary
Painting – although it has its own broad and trodden tracks – to me is a mission of the narrow path.Old times are changing to give way to the new.The old way of the artistic expression has served its time,and by now is over.Modern art is only beginning now,and it is being built on entirely new foundations inspired by the intellect.It is the duty of the artist to give expression to such aspect of the world which otherwise can only be found in cosmic consciousness. Kalman Maklary
Pierre Alechinsky is a Belgian artist. He was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1927. In 1944 he attended the l’Ecole nationale supérieure d’Architecture et des Arts décoratifs de La Cambre, Brussels where he studied illustration techniques, printing and photography. In 1945 he discovered the work of Henri Michaux, Jean Dubuffet and developed a friendship with the art critic Jacques Putman. In 1949 he joined Christian Dotremont, Karel Appel and Asger Jorn to form the art group Cobra. He participated both the Cobra exhibitions and went to Paris to study engraving with Stanley William Hayter in 1951. In 1954 he had his first exhibition in Paris and started to become interested in oriental calligraphy.
By 1960 he had exhibited in London, Berne and at the Venice Biennial, and then in Pittsburg, New York, Amsterdam and Silkeborg as his international reputation grew. he worked with Wallace Ting and continued to be close to Christian Dotremont. He also developed links with Andre Breton. His international career continued throughout the seventies and by 1983 he became Professor of painting at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. In 1994 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Free University of Brussells, and in 1995 one of his designs was used on a Belgian stamp.
This is a very good abstract artist I came across, I really enjoy the strong colours. Here is autobiography and some of his paintings. Please click on his link at the bottom of the page to view more of his works.
I was born on September 12th, 1964, in Naarden, The Netherlands and grew up in Bussum, a suburb of Amsterdam. I moved to Amsterdam in 1983, to study economics at the University of Amsterdam.
My interest in art started when I was 17, when I became seriously interested in music and wanted to become a composer. Because of the tacit opposition of my parents, and possibly my own doubts, I did not pursue a career in music, but went to study economics in 1983, which I managed to keep up for no less than two and a half years. Later on I developed an interest in physics and mathematics, which I studied on my own account (and still do, occasionally, to humor the nerd in me), but economics still doesn’t particularly interests me, so much for that.
In physics I specialize in relativity and have proved that simultaneity is not relative.
In 1990 I started to paint in a casual and decidedly amateurish way, until in 1997 “something clicked” and I became far more motivated, producing a series of figurative works.
In 1989 my father died during heart surgery and in 1990 my only sister died of cancer. When I quit my economics studies it became clear to me that becoming an artist was my destiny, taking into account the economic insecurity that goes along with that. While living in Amsterdam, in 1993 I ran out of financial resources and moved back to Bussum, to live with my mother (told you I’m a nerd).
In 1998 I made a series of semi-abstract female portraits (inspired by Picasso and Corot), then in 2003 I began to paint in a social realism style, which only now I’m beginning to feel comfortable with. The social realism is inspired by photo journalism, the painter Daumier and also by Munch, to an extent, and by Rembrandt and Rubens (for the way they brought “drama” to painting). In a general artistic sense Mahler and Bach (the composers) have also been of influence.