Eszter Radák: Here again!

Eszter Radák: Here again!

Eszter Radák (1971, Budapest) is one of the most educated, practiced and successful artists in the contemporary Hungarian art scene. She is a lecturer at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, a resigning rector who has been painting for more than 30 years.

In her most recent solo show at the Virág Judit Gallery, landscapes played a major role despite the fact that "painting an art historically valid landscape in the 21st Century is terribly difficult." (Eszter Radák - Alinda, April 28, 2017) In her latest works however, the interiors in every sense become very emphasized. In Radák's new paintings the usual wide, endless horizons are compressed, the perspective of the images narrows and the viewer also encounters photographic cuts - the forced closure caused by the pandemic does not go away without a trace.

Rich in painterly and art historical quotations, Radak's virtuoso, loud and pastose colour fields /David Hockney/ are bordered by strong contours /József Rippl-Rónai, Ilka Gedő/. The view is concentrated, and the rich, multi-layered, playful surfaces sometimes step out of the two-dimensional plane of the stretched canvas.

The exhibition also features numbered digital paintings, which can be considered as genre experimentations by Radák.

These images with striking titles, swelled with spiritual and artistic freedom carry dramatic and light content at the same time. The endless sarcasm, cheerfulness and original humour of the works executed with great pictorial knowledge is what makes the art of Eszter Radák really lovable.

Details

Exhibition: June 12 - July 30, 2021
Venue: Virág Judit Gallery
Opening times: June 12 - June 25, 2021, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 26 - July 30, 2021, on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Virtual Tour

Items of Eszter Radák: Here again!

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Radák, Eszter

De ja vu, all forests are the same, so what is the point of hiking?

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Radák, Eszter

From a distance it looks fine, from close up, steep, 2019

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Radák, Eszter

Sunset is getting a bit nippy, 2020

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Radák, Eszter

Even though the pattern is big and bold, I still always stumble, 2020

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Radák, Eszter

Don’t throw yourself down on the bench, it’ll smash the window, 2020

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Radák, Eszter

It didn’t say in the Baedeker that you can only get here by crawling, 2020

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Radák, Eszter

Dramatic question: bathing or skateboarding? 2018

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Radák, Eszter

Survival tour in the jungle, 2018

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Radák, Eszter

The sunny kitchen is warm even if I just microwave the grub, 2020

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Radák, Eszter

Folk art from Ikea is the globally authentic, 2019

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Radák, Eszter

Since when have Christmas Trees had no scent? 2018

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Radák, Eszter

It’s great you’ve carried out the tables, but how is the food going to get here?

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Radák, Eszter

If they don’t arrive soon the atmosphere will be gone, and all the candles will burn down, 2020

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Radák, Eszter

Two more hours to go and Spring is here

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Radák, Eszter

What are we going to do now? Not a house in sight, where are we going to have lunch? 2018

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Radák, Eszter

Careful, don’t bounce around, the bottle will tip over, 2019

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Radák, Eszter

Even the autumn fog can produce a rainbow, you just need to be a bit more optimistic, 2018

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Radák, Eszter

If there isn’t a draft in the room, how come the book’s always at the wrong page? 2020

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Radák, Eszter

Maybe there's going to be an incy-wincy gale tomorrow?

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Radák, Eszter

Can't see the view from the tree