György JOVIÁN

György JOVIÁN

2012-05-08

Faur Zsófi Gallery and Publishing
2012, Budapest
ISBN: 978-963-9401-66-2
184 pages 4+4 colour
hardback, with color reproductions






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György Jovián originates from an intensified sensitive “site”: from Szilágysomlyó (today Şimleu Silvaniei, Romania) in Transylvania, which fundamentally influences his view and his relationship to art; his painting can be understood with a view from here. If there is such a thing as painting that express Central Europeanness, then Jovián takes a special place in the category. His artwork is completely apolitical, and he does not engage with anything other than the “culture” expressible through his painting. (…)

In 1986, Jovian participated at Art Basel, which brought his artistic career to a turning point. He then worked in Liége for several months thanks to a Brussels gallerist. Galerie d’ Art Actuel arranged three exhibitions for the artist (1987, 1988, 1995). (…)

György Jovián considers himself an artist outside of trends, but his unwavering faith in painting nevertheless occasionally places him with the discourse on trends, which kindles the constant renewal of painting. (…)

Jovián’s works are deeply rooted in the European traditions, and it is impossible to take them out of the context of art and cultural history. Were we to seek a historically defined style to facilitate their description, we would have to write about a quite unique variety of realism. His works can first and foremost be associated with the transavantgarde, to the extent that, according to Achille Bonito Olivia, its most significant cornerstone is that the artists see the potential for advancement in their revival of manual professional knowledge. Jovián sees the progress in his employment of his own photos as sketches, making an outline in photorealism, while the professional techniques acquired from the Baroque masters (Caravaggio, Rembrandt, El Greco) reflect back to the tradition of the craft. Alongside the determination of technique for their realisation, most important is that Jovián seeks the mode of expression occupied with the thematic problems significant for the modern age, and with his perpetual attempts to resolve formal problems, he refers to the cultural embeddedness that exits even today in art.

Brigitta Muladi, art historian

ISBN: 978-963-9401-66-2
184 pages 4+4 colour
hardback
with colour reproductions