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Ars poetica

I BELIEVE A PICTURE BECOMES
A PICTURE, A SCULPTURE A SCULPTURE,
AND A PICTOSCULPTURE
A PICTOSCULPTURE WHEN I MANAGE
TO FORGE SOUL INTO THEM
BY FIRE AND FLAME.

Madarassy István

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An abundance of artistic visions unfolds through the broad spectrum of his artworks. His highly crafted metalwork, restoration and reconstruction works include St S tephen’s Basilica, the interior of the Pest Redoute, the Turul bird in Tatabánya, the Triga equestrian group from the Ethnographic Museum; small sculptures, monumental and outdoor sculptures; fire-brush paintings on copper sheet; interior designs, sculpture and graphics from the Biblical past (Noah’s Ark, the four Evangelists); the greats of national and European history and literature; stage sets (Nabucco in Kolozsvár); props for films, and a wide range of medallions. "István Madarassy’s sculptures and reliefs give artistic expression to symbols of universal culture." – said art critic Katalin Dávid at the opening of the exhibition at the Benedictine Abbey in Tihany.

By the suggestive force of the artworks and of the hands and eyes from the artist’s world of belief and experience, a Renaissance man is shown to us, a man in whom there is the harmonious concord of man and Heaven, the concord of sacredness and temporal values, and the message of the Bible and antiquity, the message of historic and vital interests from both European and national aspects.

In Noah’s Ark and in the four Evangelists, particularly in St Luke, the hand of the artist „guided by Someone above", as he himself puts it, is clearly perceptible. This is why the statue of the patron saint of physicians and painters is so full of love and movements expressing readiness to help.

On seeing Noah’s Ark, a sculpture expressing the Biblical message wonderfully, the writer András Kô was almost stunned to realize the artist’s meaning. Madarassy encourages us to brood on life and death, on flight and freedom, in a world where the blessings of civilization drive away the fear of the judgment of God; yet it must be made present to guard over and to help us carry on our human and divine values.

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In his statues of St Stephen and Queen Giselle, Madarassy’s expression of divine inspiration is particularly convincing: we must defend the concord of our nation, Europe and faith, as this is what sustains us. When introducing the sculptures, the writer Tibor Gyurkovics suggested that the artist and the president of the Republic of Hungary should make a pilgrimage to Rome with these statues to duly express the country’s gratitude for what Rome did for Hungary’s integration and acceptance into Europe one thousand years ago. The pilgrimage was made in the year of the millennium. Handing over the sculptures at a cordial papal audience was clearly a moving experience for both Pope John Paul II and the pilgrims.

This is a striking example of the everyday miracles that have been created from István Madarassy’s ars poetica combining European, Christian and national identity. And, as Tibor Gyurkovics remarked, creation is merely an excuse for an artist; an excuse for the artist to hear the words of the Lord in the moments of grace of creation and to tell us how we should discover the existence of God, what we should understand from it and how it could make us happy.

If we become absorbed by the images of the works presented in this book, some happiness can already be attained. Such blissful inspiration is passed on by the Tree of Life in the registry office in Pápa. The Tree of Life is man’s symbol of eternal hope growing from the deep roots of human existence, which grows into a strong tree, carrying the life-giving power of earth up to the sky.

The Bacchuses and the butt full of grapes destined to be made into wine also carry the Renaissance message of joie de vivre.

Madarassy loves and paints colors. The joy of colors makes the never before seen play of hues and natural images of his copper sheet pictures painted with a fire-brush an extraordinary aesthetic experience.

The sevencolored rainbow consoling the people on the ark on Mount Ararat is likewise part of the life-giving hope in the drama of man. It seems to be holding the Heavens where the Lord is just deciding to steer man’s bark in the right direction.

Ferenc Mádl, professor emeritus

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Sculptures

Sculptures

A sculpture is a spatial body, a sculpture in the round that can be viewed and touched from all sides.

My sculptures - small or large - are not made in the traditional or classical way: the artist models in clay, makes a plaster of this and then casts it in bronze, but rather they are made from copper sheets through bending, "sewing them to gether" , that is through welding. It also applies to the head and the hands of the sculptures as the significant manifestation of the message.

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Pictosculpture

Pictosculpture

A "pictosculpture" is a three-dimensional semi-spatial body expanding from plane to space.

My pictosculptures are framed sculptures which look out or reach out from plane to an extent just as much as needed to convey the message.

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Pictosheets

Pictosheets

A "pictosheet" is a surface melted and tousled by heat.

On the surface of the embossed sheet, there appears a separately welded sculpture extending the edges of the sheet to enlarge space in order to enforce the message.

With my pictosheets, I have had my individual invention creating a new genre: pictures painted "with a fire brush" in all the colours of the rainbow.

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Madarassy
Ars poetica
Recommendation (1/2)
Recommendation (2/2)
Sculptures
Pictosculpture
Pictosheets
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Contact

+36 1 319 6419, +36 20 942 9502

istvan.madarassy@gmail.com

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