András Ernszt’s and Péter Somody’s works both have their roots in abstract painting. In his paintings, Ernszt uses an organic form of expression, which is inspired by nature. Whereas Somody has created in a more analytic style that is characterized by plain and rudimental forms. Their common visual language derives from the usage of geometric base forms that are constructed into organic structures; this way creating a framework for their compositions, which reach beyond their borders. While András Ernszt captures the subtle movements of nature in his works, Péter Somody emphasizes the rhythm and movements within space while capturing the passing of the moment. Their artworks balance and shift between abstract and concrete forms, so is their connotations. The paintings are characterized by sequences, as variations of similar forms and patterns. András Ernszt’s focus of interest originates in nature, in the observation and interpretation its diverse phenomena. By the usage of acrylic paint in various thicknesses and layers, he creates passages of spatial dimensions and invites the observer to explore these dimensions within the painting. The closer we inspect his pictures, the more we realize the di erent ways of understanding the essence of nature that can be translated into basic organic patterns. Ernszt’s works are built around color stories, hereby the pieces of his series have their own interpretation and meaning, and in relation to each other.
The particularity of Péter Somody’s paintings is that even though they have their origin in traditional compositions that he uses on his canvas based paintings, the applied paints and materials register di erently on the surface of the transparent plastic. These paintings become aerial and ethereal works by losing their strong bond to the materiality of the canvas. The colors appear as amorphous entities, they are closer to the world of ideas than to the real world. They can be interpreted in themselves as well as in the relation of blended colorful shapes.
András Ernszt (1973) was born in Nagykanizsa, lives and works in Pécs. He graduated in Fine Art at the University of Pécs, where his master was László Valkó. He received his PhD in 2009 at the very same institute under the guidance of Ilona Keserü. In 1997-1998 and in 2001 he was a student of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München. Currently he teaches drawing and painting at the Technical School of Fine Art and he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Pécs on the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts. His works are frequently exhibited at solo and group shows in Hungary as well as abroad. He was awarded the Strabag Painting Award in 2003.
Péter Somody (1963) was born in Veszprém, lives and works in Pécs. He was a student at Faculty of Visual Arts at Janus Pannonius University in Pécs. He graduated in Fine Art at the University of Pécs and he also completed his PHD studies at the same institute, where his masters were Ilona Keserü and Gyula Konkoly. He was a student at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Münich between 1997-1998. Currently he is a teacher at the Faculty of Art at the University of Pécs. Many of his works were presented at solo and group exhibitions, both locally and internationally, such as Münich, Nürnberg and Stuttgart. He won 3rd prize of national painting competition of Strabag in 2000 and was also awarded with the Munkácsy Award in 2015.