Atist statement

As an artist, I feel that it is my duty to reveal the contrast between the harmonious relationship of the individual with nature, as opposed to the man-made, often artificial connections developed in the modern society. While my artworks speak for themselves, I want to present these issues from a different, unique angle, hoping to stop viewers and encourage them to think.
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October 26, 2009

Opening of the 1956 Then & Now show

The exhibition opening as seen on the attached photos was a huge success, with more than 160 people attending. I had an interview on SBS Radio and was also interviewed from overseas by the Hungarian Duna television showing some of the exhibited artworks.

Thank you all for coming and for your support.


September 21, 2009

1956 Then & Now (There & Here)


Solo exhibition
The 1956 Hungarian Revolution, was a widespread revolt against Soviet communist influence and control in Hungary. The revolt was brutally suppressed by Soviet troops. About 25-50,000 Hungarians and 7,000 Soviet troops were killed, thousands more were wounded, and nearly a quarter million left the country as refugees. More than 14,000 Hungarians arrived in Australia.

Through this special series, the exhibition investigates the constant duality of the Then (1956) & Now (2009), and There (Hungary) & Here (Australia). On one hand, it is about the survivors and active participants' vivid memories of the events remembered in the Australian backdrop. On the other hand, it is the reaction of their children and grandchildren born in Australia after the revolution. The dream-like, surreal images filled with symbolism tell us about the young Australian generation's understanding and unique reaction to that distant historic event, experienced only through personal stories, memorabilia and local commemoration festivities. Obviously there are generational differences in how the Revolution is remembered, but there is one common theme, - the outmost respect for the Hungarian Freedom Fighters and for their ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to bring democracy and self determination to the Hungarian nation.

The historical and political significance of the Hungarian revolution of 1956 is still actively debated; as expressed in one of the paintings, with many 'blank pages' yet to be written.

"Those Hungarian students and workers and women and fighting children have done more to close the future of Communism than armies of diplomats. They have exposed the brutal hypocrisy of Communism… they have torn its mask off.… We owe them pride and praise. For their defeat has been itself a triumph."
Archibald MacLeish
Exhibition opening night
23 October 2009 - 8 pm

Venue: Bocskai Center
121-123 St Georges Road
North Fitzroy Victoria 3068 Australia

Open: 23 October - 6 November

August 17, 2009

Exhibiting in Sydney and Perth at The Clothespeg Project


I am participating with a few ink drawings in The Clothespeg Project (v3).
Launched in Perth in late 2007, The Clothespeg Project has establishing itself as the city's premier open-submission art show. For edition three, the project goes national: with a launch at the National Grid in Sydney, to be followed by one at The Slaughterblouse in Perth.

The National Grid Gallery, Sydney September 11 - 22 2009
The Slaughterblouse, Perth October 9 - 23 2009

Enjoy.


July 6, 2009

Round 1 Winners - Searching for the Surreal Image

National Gallery of Victoria

My painting titled, "First step" is one of the three entries out of 300 in the Open category awarded with a Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire Award.
You can see the painting here: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/surrealproject/submissions/214/individual

At the exhibition you can browse through the entries of the Round 2 and vote for your preferred work.

Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire
13 June – 4 October 09

Open daily 10am – 5pm and until 9pm Wednesdays

 

 

June 24, 2009

The Land

Here is the finished painting.
 
 

Round 2 - Searching for the Surreal Image

NGV Photography Project
Images of another two paintings are now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria website and inside the gallery.
 
For more information please visit: 
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/surrealproject/submissions/214/
and
 
Salvador Dali, Liquid Desire exhibition
13 June – 4 October 09
Open daily 10am – 5pm and until 9pm Wednesdays
 
 
 
 
 
Alex

June 11, 2009

National Gallery of Victoria - Searching for the Surreal Image

National Gallery of Victoria -  Photography Project
Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/surrealproject/

A photo of one of my surrealist paintings was accepted and it is showing on the NGV website.
To go directly to the image click here:
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/surrealproject/submissions/62/

From the  NGV website:
"Be inspired by Salvador Dali and the Surrealists. Create your own surreal photograph and share it with us!
We are looking for original photographic images, made by you, which explore and celebrate the legacy of Salvador Dali and other surrealist artists. Searching for the Surreal Image is an open photography project, running throughout the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibition 'Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire'.
What is a Surreal Image?
The Surrealists used dream-like images and strange combinations to represent free unconscious thought."

May 12, 2009

PIVOT - Group Exhibition at Red Earth Gallery

I am participating in a group show at the Red Earth Gallery, Mooroolbark with The Hope painting.
Theme:
What do you want to be remembered for? Artists are asked to explore pivotal turning points in time and the resulting impression this leaves upon your personal story. How will the traces of your past, impact on your future? The works created may reflect a memory - a new land, a cherished object or a sublime experience that left you in awe.
The exhibition will be on show from May 14th - June 26th 2009.
 
Address: Mooroolbark Community Centre, Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark
Phone: 9726 5488 | Melway Reference: 37 H12

May 3, 2009

April 30, 2009

The Land-05

More work ...

April 29, 2009

April 27, 2009

The Land - 02

More details ...

April 26, 2009

The Land - 01

Here is how it's shaping up, at this stage I'll call it The Land..

April 25, 2009

A New Project - oil on canvas

This is a new project and I will share the development of the work through this blog.
The concept is to explore the typical Australian land through the artist's palet, - set in a European landscape. The exciting oportunities offered by a new land, the urge to break the barrier of creation and reach new grounds.

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April 24, 2009

Jobbagy at the Camberwell Art Show 09 (Australia)

The Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2009 is held at The Camberwell Centre.

I am participating at this group show with these paintings.


Latrobe river
oil on canvas, 45cm x 60cm
- my fishing spot near Sale


Textures-07
oil on canvas, 45cm x 60cm
- part of a series of works exploring the beauty of Australian natural textures

Where is it?
340 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell Victoria, Australia, (Melway Page 59 2J). The Centre is located next to the old Town Hall, set back from the road in a beautiful garden setting.

When is it?
Saturday 25th April - Saturday 2nd May 2009. The show is open daily 10am to 6pm except closing at 5pm on Saturday 2nd May.


Jobbagy - online juried exhibition of Surreal and Fantastic Art (Canada)

Hello,

I'm participating in a juried exhibition of Surreal and Fantastic Art in Canada and I would appreciate your support by viewing this month's (April, 2009) exhibits and if you like my drawings, voting for my works.

http://www.houseofscratch.com/

Please forward this message to all your friends who are interested in fine art.

Thanks,
Alex


"It is our pleasure to present to you our April 2009 exhibition. The draughtsmen really came out in true style this month with fully half the show involving charcoal, pencil and ink. The artists in the show are Alex Jobbagy, Nicole Linde, Eve Kropa Smart, Tiffany L. Pascal, Robert W. Walker, Elizabeth Gray, Angel Gonzales and Miles Davis and can be found at www.houseofscratch.com . We're sure you're going to enjoy it!"



Enlarged area of the Hope painting

Here is an enlarged area of the painting with more details.
The artwork is for sale, please contact me if interested.

Cheers,
Alex

Hope - painting inspired by bushfires

My latest painting inspired by the heroic spirit of the people affected by the recent, 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Fine art - Video compilation

YouTube video showing some of my works.
 

April 23, 2009

Jobbagy - online jurried art competition at ARTslant (US)

Dear friends and art lovers,

I have the opportunity to participate in another jurried art competition, this time at ARTslant in LA, and I would appreciate your comments and online vote.


To vote for this painting click here http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/59771-alex-jobbagy, than scroll down to MAY SHOWCASE ENTRY to see the painting. Under the image you'll see the Vote! word, click it.

To browse the artshow entries and vote, click here: http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/artshow2?listtype=enrolled

Please forward this message to all your friends who are interested in fine arts.


Thank you,
Alex

Member of NAVA
http://www.visualarts.net.au/gallery/jobbagy

April 22, 2009

Welcome to my blog


Hi,

Have a look at the works and please give me some feedback.
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Thanks,
Alex