The Scarf Paintings by Boglárka Nagy are an enchanting melody of soft shapes and intense colors. The painter invites the viewer on a journey through her internal dialogue to discover a new attitude towards life. With incredible grace and refinement, Nagy creates a weightless landscape of emotion.
The elaborate process behind the pieces is in contrast to the image motifs. Nagy spends several weeks devoted to each work, reaching into the depths of her emotions to curate the overall aesthetic of the emerging product.
The attitude towards life that establishes a connection with the viewer has a uniquely bohemian tone. It narrates the pleasure of life, enjoyment, art and a boundless freedom. The gust of wind that sends the scarf dancing is the focal point, capturing the viewer’s gaze and fostering freedom of imagination.
Sun Water Air
"I love exploding colors and the warmth of the sun's rays," says artist Boglárka Nagy, describing sun, water, and air as the essence of physical existence. In her eponymous series Sun Water Air, she infuses her subjects with intense energy in the midst of maritime heat - her works are brimming with vitality as a result of vibrant colors and sharp contrasts.The artist creates a light, serene atmosphere through her summery works. Nagy plays with color contrasts, using warm reds, cooler shades of blue, and white tones to create a "warmth of endless freedom". The desired effect is not far off: the longer the viewer observes the colorful works of art, the more he or she slips into a feeling of warmth and freedom. Nagy describes her creative process an emotional connection to life that find its form in artwork. Thanks to her unique talent for translating feelings into colorful compositions, she is able to share her love for life with the public through the Sun Water Air series.
Hungarian artist Boglarka Nagy studied at the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Her works have been showcased in numerous international exhibitions, including the Ernst Fuchs Museum in Vienna. Nagy was awarded the Gundel Art Prize in the Fine Arts category in 2014 and her works have been traded at renowned auction houses such as Sotheby's London, where they sell for considerable sums.
2014 Gundel Art Prize
|2022 || RISING SUN, Bodó Gallery, Budapest, Hungary |
VIVE LA FEMME, PR09RE55, Budapest, Hungary
|2021 ||Bon Voyage! Clark Hotel, Budapest, Hungary |
|2019 ||Sunset Boulevard, Ar2day Gallery, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Budapest, Hungary |
|2018 ||Duna Espresso, Godot Gallery, Budapest, Hungary |
Asia Vibes, Tiszavirág Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
|2017 ||Haiku, Stanton Chase Palazzo Dorottya, Budapest, Hungary |
|2016 || Baby it’s Cold Outside, Ar2day Gallery, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Budapest, Hungary |
|2015 || Hungarian Muses – Nagy Boglàrka and Tóth György, Erdész Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary |
|2014 ||Sun Water Air, Fonyód, Hungary |
Eyes Wide Open, Brody Artyard, Budapest, Hungary
|2013 ||Master and Discipline – Gyémánt László and Nagy Boglárka, Art.Salon: Társalgó Gallery, Budapest, Hungary |
|2022 ||Danube Contemporary 22, Kunsthaus 7B Cisnadioara, Romania |
|2019 || 20th Century Art – A Different Perspective Auction, Sotheby’s London, UK |
Women/Art/Fashion, Ar2day Gallery & Fashion Street Gallery – Deák Palota, Budapest, Hungary
|2017 ||Feel the Heat, LUMAS Gallery, Budapest, Hungary |
|2016 ||20th Century Art – A Different Perspective Auction, Sotheby’s London, UK |
|2015 || Phantastischer Realismus, Ernst Fuchs Museum, Vienna, Austria |
Art.Market Budapest, Erdész Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
| 2014 || Hungarian Icons, Várkert Bazár, Budapest, Hungary |
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, Vienna, Austria
Picasso once said, “you don’t make art, you find it.” Where do you find your art?
I find art from within - in my heart. I am constantly searching for things that move me. For the most part, my art is inspired by life in its entirety as well as personal experiences. I have always had a hunger for beauty.
From an idea to its materialization: How do you approach your work?
There are certain themes which I am consistently drawn to. These result in various series, such as SUN WATER AIR - a love story about life. Featuring vibrant colors, bold surfaces, and a pop-art feel, this series has been in progress since the onset of my career in 2013. It also represents the intersection of healing and femininity through the painting of body-conscious pieces and lots of female characters. The SCARF SERIES is a more intimate series of work inspired by my personal development and the subtle evolution of the soul as it connects to spirituality in a conscious way. Working for weeks on these large-scale canvases often results in monumental figurative pieces falling apart into abstraction when one takes a closer look. I find the act of creation to be a meditative experience – the cohesive creation of rhythmic shapes, repetitive patterns, and melodic color-schemes. The scarf series in undoubtedly one of my most sensitive works. In general, I use photographs taken during my travels as reference when I start a painting in my studio. Every time I prepare for an upcoming exhibition, I am creating the best possible works I can. I imagine what the people viewing my art will feel; I want to let them into my world in a very tangible way.
What is your favorite book?
Ah, I have so many! My recent discovery is The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy - I got this wonderful book as a present. Some of my favorite authors include Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Richard Bach, and Lucy Maud Montgomery - she was an exquisite writer, especially regarding her human portrayals. An all-time classic is Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell - she was the same.
Which artist would you like to have coffee with and what would you discuss?
I wish I had the chance to meet Tibor Csernus. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest Hungarian figurative painters of all time. Aside from him, I’d love to meet Adrian Ghenie and see him at work, painting in his studio. And I can’t forget Damien Hirst. He is a badass genius. I’d like to know where on Earth his crazy ideas come from.
How did you get into art?
Art had me from the very beginning; It came to me so naturally. I always knew I would be an artist.
Who are the people in your surroundings that influence you?
My old master László Gyémánt. I also enjoy thought-provoking conversations and hanging out with artist friends in Budapest!
Imagine you have a time machine. Where would you go?
To the roaring 20s in Paris and New York!
Other than art, what are you most passionate about?
Shoes!! And also the people I love.
What are you working on right now?
Asian and Japanese themed paintings for my upcoming solo show in June!