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Kalmar Ferenc


Kalmar Ferenc (Serbia)


  Kalmar Ferenc - Conductor       He was born in Subotica (Serbia) in 1928. During more than six decades of rich creative work he produced a unique oeuvre which revealed his inquisitive and explorative mind. His universality is seen in his interest in various materials: ceramics, metal, wood and frequent change of medium, until his ultimate surrender to raw, magnetic energy of the unity of painting and sculpture, expressed in coloured wood sculptures. He began doing sculptures in 1947. He had his first solo exhibition in Subotica in 1956. At the beginning of the eighties, coloured wood successfully and permanently ranked him among marginal artists in Serbia. His journey to the USA (in the early eighties) when he was fascinated with the art of distant Indian culture, Mayan art and reliefs on Egyptian tombstones stimulated new sources of inspiration, changed his philosophy of living and artistic perception. He watched Indian ritual dances where exotic dancers decorated with feathers, flowers and turquoise flitted like birds in the wind. As an explicitly authentic artist, the explorer of primordial unity, in the era of incredible speed and smoke of high technologies he provided us with the reminiscences of lost dimensions of everlasting childhood. With deep and surface incisions, the artist achieved the dynamics of closed and open, sharp and rounded forms, a dance of light and shadow. He coloured his figures with strong and bright tint and frequent interchanges of red and green, blue and yellow. The colour always followed the development of volume, whether related to gorgeous branching or delicately stylized and calm forms. The combination of the sculptural and the pictorial bears witness of the artist’s complexity and expressiveness with additional help of naturally “blooming” forms, and nearly fauvist, wild tint. Kalmar the sculptor is sometimes overmastered by Kalmar the painter! The mere procedure of embodiment of the artist’s idea is an indispensable ritual where the artist and wood intertwine, surrender, snatch and combine. Animals are basic objects of Kalmar’s inspiration: bugs, lizards, grasshoppers, butterflies. His artistic "credo" is expressed in monumental and brightly painted birds.  
  Conductor, 2009, coloured wood, height 112cm  
Kalmar Ferenc - Fiery Bird Kalmar Ferenc - Vulture Kalmar Ferenc - Taking off Kalmar Ferenc - Landing Kalmar Ferenc - Conductor
Fiery Bird, 1996,

coloured wood,

height 40cm

Vulture, 2000,

coloured wood,

Taking off, 2002,

coloured wood,
height 42cm

Landing, 2009,

coloured wood,
height 42cm

Conductor, 2009,
coloured wood, height 112cm
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