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Laszlo Biro

"I just love the fecund bulbousity of giant pumpkins!
 
What I admired even more is the honest, genuine sense of community of the people; little people, middle sized people, big people and bent people. All those who came together in a simple and renewable pleasure of life to share their unspoken joy of existence.
 
I have never grown a pumpkin, but when I put my hand on one of those magnificent coloured giants I could feel the living earth.
 
Why did I paint those images? To experience again those very special moments among real people."
Laszlo Biro, May, 2014.

Laszlo Biro’s paintings, while highly figurative, reduce the content to its essential elements, carefully composing those elements in each painting to expose the essence of the content and ‘idea’ of each piece, relationships between elements and suggest a narrative or perhaps alternative narratives to the viewer.

So often in figurative works, we see a tentative consideration and execution of light and shadow. This is, perhaps, a function of experience, but Australian light in the landscape, particularly in this Northern Rivers region (the subject of Laszlo’s works) requires the confidence to express the often strong contrasts that are actually experienced - the sharper and darker shadow, the deeper folds and contours of moving fabric and the quality of other textures.

Of course, time of day and year will influence these qualities, however there is no tentative hand demonstrated here. The light is the strong light of of the warmer months and the subjects of Laszlo’s paintings express the climate, light and the place authentically.

There is also a strong sense of the human narrative in his collection of works - the sense of gathering, community and camaraderie. The narrative is set within the showing of ‘champion’ pumpkins - the Pumpkin Festival at Kyogle, just north-west of Lismore. The works as a collection provide the story of the people, pride and celebration of community derived from the preparation for, and showing of, their prize vegetables. It is a common theme of many regional/rural annual events and provides an insight into the livelihoods and lives of people ‘on the land’, their engagement with each other, their work and a community that comes together to celebrate these very things.

Laszlo’s paintings take what may seem a small slice of life in a rural place, but it is so layered in what it reveals about people and community in that place.

The pumpkin features heavily here, but it could be anything really, and perhaps not just restricted to the rural locale.

Laszlo is also a sculptor and glass artist. He regularly shows work at The Channon Gallery and Art Aspects Gallery in Lismore.
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Stingray Lamp

Glass with metal on sandstone base to follow - Overall span: 58cm; 41cm high

Cat. No. LBI-103
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Pumpkin Line Up

Acrylic and oil on board
70 x 90cm

Cat. No. LBI-106
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Pumpkin Crows

Acrylic and oil on board
68 x 90cm

Cat. No. LBI-111
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Winner and His Mate

Acrylic and oil on board
71 x 90cm

Cat. No. LBI-112
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Pumpkin Crowd

Acrylic and oil on board
71 x 90cm

Cat. No. LBI-116
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