Barnabás Lakatos Gelléri :
Arriving into Something New

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upcoming exhibitions

Arriving into something new

Born in 1997, Barnabás is currently a senior student of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. A lover of intense and radiant colours, the young artist Barnabás Lakatos Gelléri has freely adopted the palette of Pop Art — or perhaps anachronistically, the Fauves — with gestures of Neo-Expressionism. For the artist’s first London exhibition, the gallery’s walls will be taken over by large 2 by 2-meter vivid canvases, filling and transforming the space with energy and colour.

Lakatos Gelléri is a leading member and proud supporter of the ‘Queer Budapest’ movement, an initiative bringing together and showcasing queer artists. His artworks usually present a street art aesthetic of flattened perspective, aerosol paint and bold figuration, and, on a deeper level, a powerful sense of resistance to the conservatism of Hungary’s establishment. In his words, ‘here in Budapest, we are fighting for survival as queer artists and this kind of collective visibility gave us a lot of strength and power to our community. I hope that through art we can reach people in Hungary and bring them closer to what we do and who we are.’

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Portrayal of human fallibility

Although at first glance, the raw and unpolished visual world of Gábor Király may strike us as unsettling, his paintings tell warm, intimate and personal stories of human nature. Such duality of rough and fragile is characteristic of Király’s work: centring his compositions around anthropomorphic and animal-like characters, often grotesque and unnerving in appearance, the artist exposes their candid vulnerability and sensitivity with compassion.

Keenly experimenting with unconventional materials, Király is no stranger to painting on rough pieces of wood, fragments of furniture or cast-off sheets of wine filtering paper. An intuitive and organic artist, the painter refuses to overanalyse concepts and trusts fleeting ideas, emotions or impulses to guide him when working, resulting in intimate and self-reflective visual narratives.

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Hungary’s most colourful artist

If I could put the message of my art into words then I wouldn’t be painting. I’d just say it — but I can’t, because I don’t think it’s possible to express my artistic purpose with words.’ – Bazil Duliskovich

Bazil has experimented with video art, collage and sculpture, but his principal means of expression is painting, a medium through which he challenges the Soviet art education he encountered growing up on the Ukrainian side of the border with Hungary. Another source of Bazil’s defiance is the ill-defined and stereotyping labels often applied to his work. Characterisations such as ‘Eastern European’, ‘Slavic’ or ‘post-Soviet art’ are a sourc of frustration to the artist, who grew up speaking multiple languages in a region endowed with numerous cultures and identities.

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Reuniting with an old friend

Istvan Nyari was the first artist I ever represented.
His extraordinary modesty vis-à-vis painting and his astonishing capacity for work have been a great source of inspiration for me since the very beginning. He is an old friend I admire as an artist, and from whom I learned so much about painting. He considers himself a pop-surrealist artist, and I think he has one of the most exciting perspectives among the creators I have ever met.

His paintings take months to produce owing to their practically exaggerated precision. Both of us are movie enthusiasts, and it provides a good analogy – to observe the paintings of Istvan is like watching a great movie. You step into an other world, into his world, where everything is familiar, yet it feels different. Only a few artists are capable of taking the audience for such a journey.

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Art is eternal. But what about artworks?
Pista Horror is immersed in an intriguing concept: painting on tiles. He wants to move works out from the ordinary white cube milieu and showcase them in more unconventional settings. On surfaces, where they can be permanent – where one cannot simply take them off the wall just to be swapped for something else.

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Swapping heads and dismantling bodies

Petra Combarro creates captivating scenes from the cavalcade of damaged porcelain figurines.

When a fable becomes three-dimensional

Gergo Kovach combines humour, irony and cynicism in his folk-inspired, witty sculptures.

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