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Hungarian culture at the Red Gate Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of works by five Hungarian artists – Orsolya Rethy, George Mihalka, Ferencz Gnandt, Andras Schein and Orsi ‘Sika’ Domjan – will be on display at the Red Gate Gallery from November 7 to November 13, 2008.

Organised by TUNArts Art Group, this show will have a distinctive Hungarian feel, with expressive and thought-provoking art, traditional folk music by the band Palinka as well as tunes throughout the opening evening by Horvath Janos.

Guests will be able to savour Hungary by sampling mouth-watering gulas and Hungary’s favourite drink palinka. The exhibition itself will showcase a variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing and photography.

After an early interest in working with clay as a child, Orsolya Rethy has returned to this dynamic material creating beautiful ceramics which – influenced by her experience as an interior designer – retain their functionality, but now also lean more to self expression as she continually branches out, now even incorporating a more diverse range of materials into her designs. As she explains, ‘‘It is mixing ceramic with other kinds of material, wood, metal, half-precious stones and wool, that I am the most engaged with at the moment.”

George Mihalka is an already very successful exhibiting artist who, although also working on a second collection of poems, now concentrates mainly on painting. He draws much of his inspiration from his time spent in Austrailia, creating images of fantastic landscapes with sweeping forms and vibrant colour.

Ferencz Gnandt has brought together a collection of paintings focusing on man and nature, all created before his recent move to London. His pieces are powerful and emotional with every subject explored individually and expressed through different styles that best represent them.

Passionate about painting and drawing from a very young age, Andras Schein is now on his way to achieving his dreams. His works cover a breadth of subject matter – nature, earth, space, time – using sometimes more abstract compositions to add new meaning and depth.

Orsi ‘Sika’ Domjan was born in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. She now lives in London. Although having had a passion for drawing and painting since childhood, she recently ventured into traditional 35mm SLR photography.

Palinka is a group of musicians in London who have been brought together by their shared passion – Hungarian, Romanian and Roma (Gypsy) music from the remote villages of Transylvania. They called the band Palinka after the most famous spirit in the region. All the band members have studied music from various villages throughout Transylvania, Hungary and Romania, and now bring this beautiful music to London.

Also at the Red Gate Gallery (from November 14 to November 20, 2008) is Traces.
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Gallery Opening Hours: Saturday, Monday to Wednesday from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Last day of exhibition – from 11am to 5pm.

Red Gate Gallery, 209a Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8RU

Tel: 020 73260993