Gallery 25N Faces of Humanity

allery 25N - Faces of Humanity -The artists featured in this exhibit:   Chi-Han Cheng - USA  Phil Couture - Japan  Nic Dartnell - United Kingdom  Megan Foldenauer - USA  Colectivo Gama - Republica Dominicana  Joshua Granberg - USA  Yashwant Kumar - India  Amir Lavon - Israel  Ana Palacios - Espana  Dan Pyle - USA  Wayne Quilliam - Australia  Kay Ridge - USA  Mark Smith - Ireland  James Sparks - USA  Dale Sumner - US   allery 25N - Faces of Humanity -The artists featured in this exhibit:   Chi-Han Cheng - USA  Phil Couture - Japan  Nic Dartnell - United Kingdom  Megan Foldenauer - USA  Colectivo Gama - Republica Dominicana  Joshua Granberg - USA  Yashwant Kumar - India  Amir Lavon - Israel  Ana Palacios - Espana  Dan Pyle - USA  Wayne Quilliam - Australia  Kay Ridge - USA  Mark Smith - Ireland  James Sparks - USA  Dale Sumner - US      Ivan Trotman - United Kingdom  Shikha Tuli - Singapore    Linda Unger - USA  Phil Walter - Germany    Gary L. Wolfe - USA Ivan Trotman - United Kingdom  Shikha Tuli - Singapore    Linda Unger - USA  Phil Walter - Germany    Gary L. Wolfe - USA

Considering everything that is going on why not have a look at some thought provoking art.

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An Interview with Krisztina Asztalos

What was it that intrigued you about doing work on the theme elements?

I was inspired by nature , human nature, urban life and zen calligraphy in art college when I decided to chose elements as a theme for my artistic expression.
Each piece of element paintings are like a part of mosaic, depicting macro (earth- fire-air-water-space) and micro elements (human and urban life ).

My aim is to depict the fabulous diversity and profusion of our universe.
My artist statement from 2004 describes the best my spirit of artistic creation and my motivation:
„My paintings depicting nature: that surrounds us, the micro- and macrocosm and human nature that is like immense space. Human is like space, forever changing energy fields: atoms as our blood circulation, as galaxies originate and stars decline, floating into ash inside.We are, as ash of stars, transmitting light. ”

kristina 1

http://dakini.hu/water1.html

kristina 2

http://dakini.hu/water3.html

kristina 3

http://dakini.hu/water5.html

Creating „Urban series” gives me a good possibility to show my personal point of view about urban society with a bit of sarcasm and humor.

kristina 4

http://dakini.hu/urban.html

kristina 5

http://dakini.hu/urban23.html

kristina 6

http://dakini.hu/urban24.html

kristina 7

http://dakini.hu/urban22.html

Which artists have influenced your work and why?
In art college I was mostly influenced by zen master calligraphers Hakuin and Hokusai. I am deeply touched by their pure and simple style, their method of using free space on paper and their spirituality.
My diploma work was a research about the influence of zen calligraphy to western artists.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s, Michalengelo’s drawings, paintings and sculpture made a deep impact on my drawing style. They are true master of art.
Gauguin,  Vincent Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Miró, Picasso helped me to create my own style with their vibrant colors and free and unique styles of painting techniques. Their example liberated my developing artistic style.
Mark Tobey, Rothko, Kline, Mondrian and Warhol influenced me to feel free of all concepts I have ever seen and used before and encouraged me to leave behind all I studied.

You seem to apply your talents to a multiple areas of art and design. What do you think each one brings to your overall career as an artist?
I experienced that being a graphic designer helps a lot in creating my urban and figurative paintings. Creating photography, installations, sculptures, animation, motion picture are inspirational as well.
What movement and style would you define yourself as?
I work on different themes with different styles: I could describe my style of 5 elements as a bit of lyrical abstract (water series) and also a bit of calligraphic ( air series),symbolic ( fire and earth series), figurative ( human series).

kristina 8

http://dakini.hu/air2.html

kristina 9

http://dakini.hu/air1.html

kristina 15

http://dakini.hu/human5.html

kristina 16

http://dakini.hu/human4.html

My urban series are figurative, cartoonist, symbolic, pop and urban style. My style depends on the theme I depict.

kristina 17

http://dakini.hu/urban1.html

kristina 18

http://dakini.hu/urban7.html

kristina  19

http://dakini.hu/urban20.html

kristina 20

http://dakini.hu/urban6.html

You describe yourself as a mixed media artist, what is it that this gives you that having just one medium don’t?
I like to make experiments , using and trying different textures on different bases, it is like a free play with material and keeps my art spontaneous, innovative. These new researches are a great challenge for me when I work with new techniques. For instance gold and silver pigment with egg tempera mixed with acrylic paint  can make magnificent layers on canvas or on paper.

Do you have a set way of working, process or a technique that you follow?
When the idea of my painting appears as a clear vision with full details of colors and shapes and textures in my mind, I draw it on a paper and after I paint it. I give space to spontaneous creation, so sometimes on canvas I change the original concept if I feel that would be better creating in a different way of composition or changing some colors.

If you had a dream exhibition who would you place your work with and why?
I would exhibie with zen calligraphers, Picasso and Miró. I also consider Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Hundertwasser, Mondrian, Tobey, Rothko, Kline, great masters of art. I am inspired by their artworks a lot.

What was it that made you become an artist?
My first memory from my childhood was drawing on the walls of my parents house and that my drawing depicted „two tigers in a cage” was exhibited in kindergarten. I believe I was born to be an artist and two of my family members are talented artists as well. (poet and composer.)

Have you always liked the arts?
Yes, art for me is like air I breathe. Music, poetry and fine art are my favorites.

Have you faced many obstacles in your journey?As being an artist can be a tough industry.
In every profession there are obstacles and difficulties, we all have our own path to walk. From the beginning I learned from obstacles and difficulties a lot, to stay tough and to never give up my goals and keep continue painting.
Are you a commercial based artist?
No, not really. But I believe self commercials as blogs and websites are essential tools for an artist to present their portfolio for galleries, art dealers and buyers. Most of my invitations and contact requests, purchases I can thank for my website and social media profiles.
Are you currently working on anything new?
Yes, I was invited to a mail art exhibition „ Transfer” will be organized in 3 countries. ( Hungary, Greece, Denmark) It was a brand new experiment, painting on a very small, postcard size surface and sending it by real post. This is the first time I created a mail art piece, I usually like to paint in big size, so it was a bit of challenge painting with very small brushes small details.

Rollei Digital Camera

http://dakini.hu/new.html

Do you see your work changing direction?
Yes, there are and will be always changes in my artwork.
I usually change theme when I realize that a particular theme is fully completed and I can not send any new messages to the viewers . I do not feel like creating the same type of paintings all the time. That would be is dull with no challenge for me as an artist. I really like to start something brand new that keeps my spirit busy and fresh. Theme elements is quite variable as a mosaic or sight of kaleidoscope. In fact I still find endless variation possibilities in element theme.
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions?
Yes, „Transfer” exhibit in Hungary, Greece, Denmark.
http://krisztinaasztalos.blogspot.hu/2016/01/transfer-mail-art-exhibition-2016.html

What advice would you give another artist?
Since each of us has different reality and life experience, I prefer not giving advice to other artists. I just would like encourage all artists be themselves, enjoy painting like a child and be happy with their creation!

Finally where can people find you on the internet?
My websites:
Artist:
http://www.dakini.hu
Designer:
http://www.xtdesign.hu
Blog:
http://krisztinaasztalos.blogspot.hu/

An interview with the painter HARRYS

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‘Grazia NUZZI’ 80x80cm

Your work seems to have a unique style. How would you have reached this?

I was able to reach my current style by working as regularly as possible. I try to question my knowledge, my experience, to urge me to test new approaches, to borrow certain ways rather than others; because I need to experiment for a long time before sliding towards something else. There are generally several transitions between a work and another one.

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‘Lovers’ 80×80 cm

Which artists do you draw inspiration from and why?

I like very much the painters who I name ‘of body’ such as Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, Francis Bacon , Caravaggio , Gustave Courbet but I also love Andy Warhol , Roy LichtensteinPablo Picasso.,Vincent Van Gogh and many others as well. They inspire me all enormously and motivate me to be different and to find my own pictorial identity, my artistic honesty.

What themes do you hope the viewer sees when looking at your work?

If we speak about themes I could summarize it to ‘Humanity.’

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‘Killers from the inside’ 100x60cm

Is there any emotional message hidden within your work?

I shall not speak about emotional message strictly speaking, but there is an emotion during the realization that I wish to make feel. This emotion could be pleasant and good or, on the contrary it could place the spectators in front of an unpleasant feeling, even of rejection. I have already seen a person crying in front of one of my paintings and I didn’t know how to react in front of it.

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‘Hours’ 80x80cm

Do you have a set method of working, do you follow a routine, use a certain technique?

There is a routine or rather a rite in the way of approaching a painting, the preparations are as important for me as the painting in itself. It is about a set, about a preparation, about concentration, a mental approach of this future moment of plenitude or fight.

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‘Double Cheese’ 122x122cm

What is the best advice you would give another artist?

Never to give some!

If you had a dream exhibition who would you place your work against and why?

Nobody, they are dead  and I am afraid of ghosts.

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‘Dejeuner-sur l’herbe’ 150x120cm

Are you self taught or academically trained?

I am a pure self taught artist who has drawn all his childhood and adolescence. I stopped the drawing when I discovered the oil paint. I developed in time my own way of working with this medium. I have never had a set way as I’ve always hatred being told how to make art. I need to experiment, to discover and to learn by myself.

Are you working on anything at present?

Yes I always work because I believe in the energy of the work and in the energy which it generates.

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‘All the young christs’ 120x100cm

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions?

I have some projects planned throughout the year.

Where can people find you on the internet?

On my website:

www.galeriepeintureharrys.com

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‘appel-du-large’ 120x100cm
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‘I’ 100x100cm