- Media being used
Paintings/oil on canvas.
Narrative Surrealism. - Description/Personal Statement
My current artistic practice seeks to contribute to the debate and investigation of the relationship between history and politics within contemporary art. More specifically the reflections of cultures of old as well as present day events in the field of contemporary visual arts practices. My specific area of interest is creating connection of old age civilisations and their disappearance with todays political and economic questions through visual arts. Studying nowadays practice of evaluation in relation with art works.
From a very early age I have been inspired by forms and colours. I was cutting mosaics using half precious stones, and fitted them into walls, melting colourful candles into shapes with intricate decoration running through on their sides, painting glassware and windows, also large walls with figures. I started painting images on material such as paper and rice paper and wooden board and usually with acrylic paints, then moved on to working on canvas, like rough linen, and to using oil paints. The technique I use is based on drawing practice and invention, using brush or painting knife. The themes of the images are mainly fictional, sometimes mythological with imaginary creatures moving along the scenery, but many stories root in History and in the Bible too. One can find collectors of my works from Ireland, Hungary, USA, Greece, South Africa and China. I also worked in different areas of art fields, including art therapy, and helping the work of art foundations. I live in Dublin now, while having exhibitions throughout the world since 2002, among them one of the most successful for the invitation of 798 Art Promotion Centre in Beijing, China. International Exhibitions:
2002 Fort Lauderdale, USA - Gallery Artist's Heaven (mostly acryl on paper and board)
2003 Cape Town, South Africa - Gallery Resonance (V and A Waterfront oil on canvas
2004 Cape Town, South Africa - The Framery Gallery (Sea point)
2004 Budapest, Hungary - Art Szem Gallery (Millennium Business Centre)
2005 Budapest - Almssy Culture Centre
2005 SPB Gallery (Gerbeaud Palace)
2006 Dublin, Ireland - RDS (Art Fair)
2007 Dublin, Ireland - RDS (Art Fair)
2008 Budapest, Hungary - Hatty Hz (joint exhibition with Martin Szipal)
2008 Hague, the Netherlands-Red Cross Annual Exhibition
2009 Wet Painted, Budapest - Hungarian Culture Foundation
2009 Pilisszentivn, Hungary - Council Hall
2010 Budapest - Hungarian Culture Foundation
2010 Beijing, China - 798 Centre for Art Promotion (on)
2011 Fracture - Hungarian Cultural Foundation
As a practising painter my exhibitions contribute mainly to my involvement in visual arts practices. A collection of my images as well as of descriptions is public on the Internet: https://picasaweb. google.com/klm.yavan/ YavanPaintings, and in other formats. Articles relating to my painting practice are available in Afrikaans, Chinese, English and Hungarian. Web links for Chinese articles: http://news.99ys.com/ 20100629/article--100629-- 44469_1.shtml (both of the images visible on the photograph are among those sold in Beijing); http://www. wenwuchina.com/news/list7/ detail36/58275.html, further articles in Magazine World Art page 120 and Beijing Business News B2. One copy of the catalogue of my Chinese exhibition is available for viewing as well.