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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Attila Kondor

Attila Kondor graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. He has been the winner of Barcsay-award for two times and his litography works were also awarded. He received Kondor Béla award in 2000, Roman Scholarship prize in 2007, Újbuda Mecénás scholarship in 2009. His paintings are built up from classical elements, however, they are always connected to the present.

The paintings contain philosophical thoughts – the artist obviously studies the great philosophers’s works – from Heracleitos to Heidegger. Two main motives appear in Attila Kondor’s works: Firstly, the theme of the garden, inspired by philosophy: still water surfaces, pits, the road. Secondly, metaphores of the architecture: doors and stairs with strong contrasts, light-shadow effects and colours. These objects are rather connected to metaphysics, than sight painting, the deep, dark colours are suddenly compensated by white sources of light. According to the paintings, Attila Kondor wrote a short statement titled The sign of the Unconditional:

,,Can the unrepresentable be represented? In Byzantine aesthetics, the idea of uncreatred light was rendered by the golden background of icons. An extraordinary Indian jain sculpture of Liberated Person shows the form of his body -- cut out of a golden plate -- as an empty space with the characteristic silhouette around it .
The clear white pigment between the door-frame and the window sashes stands out of the rest of the sensual elements of the compositon. The experience resulting from concentration is the starting point. The white form is so intensive that it almost burns into the gaze; this negative form is separated from the positive form, which is the mark of the Unconditional. In this series I returned to the themes of my three previous series from my new starting point in order to saturate my previous themes with the transparency of unconditional existence.”

The gallery hosting the exhibition bears the name of its owner, Mr. Ari S. Kupsus, a Finnish entrepreneur living in Hungary for 11 years, whose activities in Budapest include the running of various charity programs supporting young talent both int he world of music and the fine arts. His gallery shows contemporary art in an interior comprised of early 19th-century antiques, achieving a distinct totality of ambiance.


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