about me and my art practice

artist biography, CV, background, inspiration and artistic influences
interpretation and expression, exhibitions and collections
art society memberships, featured artwork

Gerzabek
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facebook logo for Ernie Gerzabek Artist Gallery "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
 -- Pablo Picasso

a short artist biography and my approach to creativity


portrait of contemporary abstract landscape artist sculptor

 

Background

I am a professional landscape painter and abstract artist and sculptor.  I was born in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to Australia in 1958.  I started painting in 1970 while practising as a Chartered Architect.  Following my retirement from Architecture in 1997 I commenced painting full time.

I pride himself on being a self-taught artist as I do not follow in the footsteps of any teacher or master.  I have a very broad range of original approaches, thus cannot be pigeonholed into a single ‘style’.

Inspiration and artistic Influences

My main inspiration is Nature, the unique landscapes of Australia, the United States and Canada:- the unspoilt countryside, wilderness areas, deserts, wetlands and seashores.

As to artists who most influenced me, I must admit I admire Vincent Van Gogh’s use of colour and his emotional intensity.  I love Paul Klee’s sensitivity and deep insight into our inner beings. I marvel at Kandinsky’s exuberance and sense of composition.  I am amazed at Picasso’s inventiveness and broad range of interests.

As for Australian artists, I love John Olsen’s imaginative expression and playfulness, Fred Williams’ unique ability to extract the essential abstract elements of a landscape, and most importantly, I am most impressed by Emily Kngwarreye’s innate mastery of colour, structure and connection to Country.

Interpretation and expression

I am often told my interpretation of natural phenomena is unique, quite surprising and somewhat unpredictable.  My paintings not only encapsulate the essential elements, colours and features of a particular place, but also recreate the ambience and the ‘feel’ of being there.

I tend to create playful, decorative and inspiring images, which are both optimistic and spiritually uplifting.  Typically, my work is highly original, exuberant, vibrant, confident and eye-catching.  Most of my creations are richly textured, overflow with dazzling colour and charged with positive energy.  Other pieces are introspective, soft and meditative.

I believe my artworks are not only collectable but also provide long term enjoyment and relaxation as a counterbalance to the stresses of everyday life.

Exhibitions and collections

I had more than 26 solo shows since 1999 and have participated in countless group shows in commercial galleries and other venues.

My artworks are sold in a number of commercial galleries in Sydney, they are highly sought after by art lovers, interior designers and architects.

Apart from Australia, my works can be found in public and private collections all around the world, including the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Great Britain and many other European countries.

Membership

I am a member of the National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA) and has had exhibiting memberships in Mosman Art Society, Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby and North Shore Art Societies and The Sculptors’ Society.

 

featured artwork


after the dought semi-abstract landscape archival giclee print

425  After the drought

limited edition print of 25,
56x56cm / 22x22in, archival ink on acid free paper


homespun abstract original acrylic
Sold France
under water abstract painting corals sea creatures
Sold Hungary
weaving the wave abstract painting
Sold Great Britain
 abstract geometric optical facade
Sold USA

Ernie Gerzabek Artist Gallery

 

© Ernie Gerzabek 2000-2016


Here is information about me and my art practice.  This Australian artist biography includes a CV, my background, sources of inspiration and artistic influences.
Also my interpretation and expression, solo and group exhibitions held and some art collections listed.  My current and previous art society memberships are listed,
and examples of my artwork as a minimalist painter and contemporary sculptor is shown.