Ferencz Reka – Featured Artist

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Ferencz J. Reka: Featured Artist

Painter, Acrylic

Home: Visegrad, Hungary

Saatchiart Website: http://www.saatchiart.com/ferenczart

Art Majeur Website: http://www.artmajeur.com/en/member/ferenczart

Email: ferenczart@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ferenczart

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FerenczJReka/

When I first looked at your art, I was impressed with the movement of the images and how there seemed to be a layers of meaning in your paintings.  What inspires you to put these images on canvas?

Mostly social situations what I find interesting, lots of my work is about them. Today’s social loneliness, fake friendships, virtual communities, the quality of our lives, finding ourselves and our inner peace- these are the thoughts and feelings that I try to infuse in my work. Because I only paint 10-12 pictures a year I still enjoy every a part of the process. I’m only going to my studio and paint if something started to get a form inside me and want to get out really bad and be on a canvas. I enjoy the whole process :).

 Did you always like to paint? 

My first memories are about creativity, I wouldn’t call it art. As a kid I made my own jewelry collections from everything I could find around. I was always drawing, sewing, knitting, and embroidering. I’m good in all kinds of handicraft, even today. My passion is to invent and create.

Well, your present work with those bold colors is very inventive.  On road to where you are now, were there mentors, schooling, or disciplines that brought you to today?

I was studied textile designing; I think I can give a lot of thanks to my drawing teacher. He sent me out of the class because as he said I have a unique vision and style and the only thing what he can do with that is to ruin it. He asked me to find and walk my own path and try to isolate myself from the expectations and critiques of the professions and not to let any bad influence in. My husband’s opinion was the same, these things gave me the strength in the beginning, and I believed that what I’m doing is good.

Not every art teacher would challenge a student in that way, but it seems to have paid off with your unique style.  So to this day, you mostly work alone?

I mostly work alone, but from time to time I get involved with some projects. These are mainly charity events (for schools, homeless people or orphans). Isolation is what I created for myself. 16 years ago we moved from Budapest to the countryside, Visegrad, literally to the middle of the forest. We don’t really have neighbours; the only one who rings our doorbell is the postman. I love living here, our home and our life. I’m proud that by the age 30 I could get out of the running and fast city life and that I was able to change my whole life for the best. I participate in the Art Fair once a year (this year in London).These occasions are good to get back to the art jungle again and have a bit of a rush to charge up myself a bit. It’s more than enough for me.

Although you are isolated for your art, you have a great deal of presence online.  That must take a great deal of work as well.

Of course nowadays I can show my art to other people on FB, Twitter and other online communities. I got a lot of support from there as well. This path is difficult but also good. I got nice words, letters, comments what give me the push and the power to continue what I’m doing. I rarely do interviews.

I very much appreciate you taking your time to do this one.  What is your most recent work?

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My latest painting, I’ve finished it a few weeks ago. “On the path to adulthood”
I tried to paint the greyness, monotony and “dangers” of adulthood, when our inner child dies things lose their colours and our lives becomes grey.

I can see how your background in textile design has influenced your work.

Revealing Wistfulness

“Revealing Wistfulness” This picture is the straight opposite of what I painted on the first picture. I wanted to paint that feeling when we still wish that we were colourful and different than others. We try to keep our inner child alive, because if we still could find the beauty in a cloud, the perfection of a flower or admire a snowflake, then we can find our inner peace while drinking our cup of coffee in the morning.

I was taken with the painting, “Transition-And life goes by.”  Can you share a little bit about the meaning behind this?

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I think about it as an exclamation point because life is for live it! Out life is like a glass of water, we can drink it or pour it out and waste it, it’s our decision. The biggest treasure in life is time and a lot of people still can’t understand that…

A lot of people don’t understand that.  I can see the themes of cherishing time and being yourself in your work.  What suggestions would you have for those who wish to make their living as an artist?

My advice is that if you don’t have endurance and willpower then don’t be an artist. The artist life from outside could seem fun and easy, but these days the ones go somewhere as artists are the ones who are single-minded and focused. If you want to choose this path you need to be sure that you can represent something and you have those values what you want to share with others.

I think that is very good advice, indeed.  To show how hard you work, I have included a list of important shows you have been involved in.  You don’t wait in the woods for someone to come by and purchase your art pieces.  You work hard at your discipline but also your shows and online presence.  Thank you,  Ferencz, sharing in this interview.

IMPORTANT SHOWS 

2015. Budapest (H)- Art Market
Paris (F)- Carrousel du Louvre
Miami (USA)- Museum of the Americas

Dubai ( UAE)- Dubai Art Fair
2014. Paris (F)- Carrousel du Louvre
Dubai ( UAE)- Dubai Art Fair
Santa Fe ( New Mexico-USA) Art Fair
Vác (H) – Atrium Art Gallery
Rome (I) – Hungarian Academy in Rome
Paks (H) – Csengey Dénes Cultural Centre
2013. Oslo (N) – S9 Art Gallery

Paris (F)- Carrousel du Louvre
Budapest (H) – Kertész29 Art Gallery

Miami (USA)- Museum of the Americas
2012. New York (USA) – National Arts Club

Tg Mures (RO)- Palace Culture

Budapest (H)- 2B Galéria

Sunday Comics

Sunday Comics

Maxine Bowman 1924-2016

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My sister, husband, and I flew from Oregon to Kansas to attend my mother’s memorial service and spend time with our mid-west family. I shared some of the lighter moments in the post “Funerals, Family, and Food.” https://bobbibowwoman.com/2016/04/06/funerals-family-and-food/

The Lawrence, Kansas Community of Christ minister, Debbie Galbraith, was gracious enough to send me a copy of the entire memorial as a keepsake for my Oregon family.  Below are portions of the service where over 100 gathered:

“…Maxine is now re-united with many loved ones who preceded her – her parents, her six brothers and sisters, her daughter Karen and her loving husband Novy–who no doubt wondered what took Maxine so long to get there.”

“Of course we will miss her smile, gentle nature, words of encouragement, joyful outlook on life and steady presence.  But our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for a life well-lived.”

“It’s almost impossible to think of Maxine without thinking of her husband of 65 years, Novy.  They were quite a team. This is especially true in their work with the church.  Every congregation — if they are lucky — has its Matriarch and Patriarch and for those of us at University COC, that was Maxine and Novy.

Maxine’s faith was demonstrated over and over through humble servant ministry.  Whenever a new person visited the congregation, Maxine was the first to greet that person and welcome them into the sanctuary.  She studied the scriptures regularly and provided valuable insight over and over during Sunday School or other gatherings.  And I’ve shared this before…whenever our congregation competed with each other in a friendly game of Bible Jeopardy, Maxine was always the first to be drafted on a team and that team would invariably win!   And let me also say that behind that sweet demeanor of hers, she was quite competitive!”

“Maxine’s love of music is well-known.  Her gentle touch on the organ and piano was a God given talent and she developed it fully and shared it freely.  Maxine has been accompanying church services for her entire adult life.  We can safely say that would be thousands and thousands of hymns over the years on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings –not to mention the various weddings, funerals, or “road show” performances in nursing homes.

I once asked Maxine if she ever grew tired of shouldering this responsibility and she said “I view it as a privilege to play for the Glory of my Lord”.  I will never forget that response, and to anyone who might grow weary in their own ministry efforts, we are wise to remember her genuine enthusiasm.”

“What you must know is that in addition to her faith, there was nothing more important to Maxine than her family.  She spoke often and lovingly of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and other members of her extended family.

And as her own children and grandchildren grew up, her love extended to their spouses as though they had always been part of the family.  You all were certainly a source of pride in her life and she loved each of you very much.”

“Maxine had many talents, hobbies and interests.

Cooking was one of Maxine’s favorite activities.  Indeed, one can only conclude that Maxine was a Rachael Ray before there was a Rachael Ray.  The Bowman sibs remember how Maxine made homemade yogurt while they were growing up, way before yogurt was readily available at the local grocery store.  In fact, years later when yogurt became popular on store shelves, John expressed some real surprise, when he found out that there actually were flavors of yogurt…apparently your Mom prepared the plain, vanilla variety (probably healthier that way!)

Maxine also was way ahead of her time nutritionally as she would try to sneak in “healthy ingredients” such as wheat germ, flax seed, tofu and carob into regular recipes to get her family to eat healthy.  And using the harvest from Dad Novy’s garden, Maxine would can all kinds of things to store in the basement for future consumption.

Maxine and her fruit pies were legendary.  Apparently not satisfied with store bought apples, Maxine would harvest her own from apple trees.  According to Granddaughters Renee and Carrie, this “harvesting” involved climbing up into the trees to shake out the apples.  And to the surprise of no one, Maxine actually did this into her 70’s!!”

“I also remember being the recipient of yummy dishes prepared by Maxine for our congregational potlucks.  Thinking back on those, and based on what I know now, it makes me kind of wonder if Maxine ever slipped in any wheat germ or oat bran into any of those!

To the family, music was as natural as breathing.  Maxine would often wake up the kids by belting out a song to rouse them from their beds.  And growing up on the farm, the kids were used to their Mom singing hymns out loud while working around the house.

And I never quite got the right terminology here…whether the Bowman siblings were “offered” piano lessons or “forced” to engage, but Mother Maxine taught her kids piano and was a stickler for daily practice sessions.

And the family Von Trap had nothing on Family Bowman.   Beginning in Warrensburg with Karen and Patti, and continuing on with Bobbi, John and Maggie…where there were 2 or more children gathered, there was opportunity for a choir – in multi part harmony, and led by Maxine’s encouragement and guidance!  And I’ve heard they were AWESOME!

Maxine’s family also remembers her as a talented seamstress, making clothes for each of the kids.  This talent extended not only in the sewing of kid-sized clothes, but also miniature-sized in the form of handmade outfits for Carrie’s Barbie’s and cabbage patch dolls.

Apparently, Maxine once sewed a leisure suit in a dusty rose color for Novy to wear.  Now even in the 70’s a hand-made, pinkish suit might have caused people to look twice, but I think we can all be confident that Novy wore it with pride and loving appreciation for his wife’s talents!

Maxine and Novy encouraged their family to explore the world, and this included various camping experiences closer to home.  For one particular camping trip, the sibs remember that their Mom made them each their own duffle bag…each bag had a different stripe of color that matched the color of their toothbrush!  As a mother of 5 active kids, I’m sure this was just one of the many tricks that Maxine used to keep them all organized!”

There are so many “Forever lessons” that we can learn from Maxine’s life: (1) the importance of lifelong learning.(2)…kindness to all people (3)…the importance of building a foundation in Faith through God and Jesus Christ (4) living a life of joy.”

“And in a world that might seem difficult to face without our Maxine among us…the smiles, laughter and memories she created will live on forever.”

For Maxine and her family, lovingly by Debbie Galbraith, April 3, 2015

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Thank you, Debbie, for this lovely gift to our family and those who loved our mom.

Sunday Comics

Funerals, Family, and Food

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Tuesday, nine days ago, Maxine Bowman, my mother died.  She, and my dad who had died a few years before, were MUCH loved in Lawrence, Kansas.  Being the very organized mother that she was, mom planned what music and readings she wanted to have at her funeral.

We planned for Sunday afternoon, so those who wanted to fly or drive had time to make travel arrangements.  The church was full of those wanting to honor Maxine.  Back in the kitchen a small group of women quietly uncovered dishes and laid out a spread of food for those who would want to visit or just make sandwiches for the long drive home.  These women don’t get paid for the food or the service.  They do it as a gift of comfort.  They are in the background so others can visit, share stories, or mourn.

My sister and niece both teach in the same school.  A group of their co-workers brought by a ton of food to the “Hub” (Renee and Jon’s house) where we gathered nightly as family and invited guests visited and shared stories.

But wait, there was more.  Extended family brought/prepared food and another church brought food to the “Hub” house.  Pantry, freezers, refrigerators…all filling over.

We knew it was an outpouring of love for mom and all of us.  We were thankful for every dish, every box or bag.

When a loved one dies, it is so surreal.  Many wanted to do something…SOMETHING.  We received flowers, donations for my mom’s favorite charity, and loads of food.

Renee and Jon, the “Hub” hosts had one rule *smile*  At the end of the week everybody had to take some food home.  Seriously…everybody!

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The picture does not include all the meats, cheeses, casseroles, or the dessert table.  Many gathered the food to share with others.  Funeral and food…I guess it’s a cultural thing.  I bless the heart of each person who brought/prepared dishes, trays, drinks, and bags.

What cultural experiences do you have when a loved one dies?