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.’