Ilona szalay

Arusha Gallery is delighted to present the work of celebrated artist, Ilona Szalay. Since completing her studies at Oxford University and Byam Shaw, University of the Arts, Ilona has shown her work at galleries and art fairs internationally. Ilona is the recipient of many art prizes and was selected as one of the fourteen worldwide artists to invest in, by Rebecca Wilson, head curator at Saatchi Art earlier this year. 

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A recipient of the ORA Prize (Italian contemporary art prize) and one of six finalists for the highly valued UK Threadneedle Prize in 2013, Ilona’s work has come be widely recognised for its quality. This year alone she has exhibited work in London, Milan and New York including the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in London. Her new work will be the feature of a solo show in Zurich at the end of 2014. Ilona’s work has featured in many international publications including Wall Street International magazine, The Independent, The Times and Dazed and Confused magazine.

Ilona’s paintings trace a path through a world of conflict and power play, a place of rigid hierarchy and fierce competition. Using concise visual language the work explores notions of vulnerability and beauty, dominance and submission, violence and control. Illona seeks to investigate the tension between protection and control in her work and as a result there is an ambivalence in the images, a questioning of motive/morality, and an examination into our impulses to both create and destroy.'

The pictures are permeated with a lonely sense of yearning and a poignant straining towards something infinite. There is an intensely visceral quality to her recent paintings, a sense of abundance and illumination.

Ilona also creates video art in which she uses stop motion animation to create free-wheeling narratives of oil paint on glass. These 'moving paintings' exist only in recorded form as each drawing is extinguished to allow room for the next. As such the work is ephemeral and spontaneous, the images dissolving into each other and sliding across the surface of the glass. The pictures tell of metamorphosis, desire, dreams and death.

For more information about artist Ilona Szalay and her work please contact Arusha Gallery


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