Interview with Beata Belanszky-Demko

Sokratis Romilios had an interesting interview for the new year with the talented abstract artist Beata Belanszky-Demko. Enjoy the interview!

What role does the artist have in society?     
Being an artist means for me to dig deep into my soul and then paint it out. When someone is touched by my painting it means for me that our soul has connected for a second, that we resonate on the same frequency. My paintings are reflections of an inner landscape, a universe that only I can see and feel until I let it paint itself through me. My paintings usually brings tranquility to the viewers so bringing peace to people in this sometimes frustrated and anxious society is my goal.

What are you working on at the moment?     
I am currently working on a series of abstract mountainous paintings for Carré d'Artistes Gallery for their Gallery in Aix en Provence. 20 small sized paintings plus two larger ones. The interesting thing is that every single painting needs to born under my hands as I don't use reference photos and it does not matter if it is just a 8” x 8” painting or a 30” x 30” it takes just as much time as they are built up layers after layers just as the Earth evolved.
The Curch
What else should we know about you and your work?         
I am a full time artist currently but I was not born as a painter. I did not draw and did not paint all day long when I was a kid but art has always been part of my life. In my childhood I was a dancer, took piano classes and sang in a choir. My father was a photographer and I have spent several art camps as a young girl in his and his artist friends' company which is unforgettable experience for me as an adult.
I have tried different mediums from acrylic to watercolor, from graphite to charcoal but for several years now I am using oil paint and I paint mainly abstract landscapes.
"Where I come from"
What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?            
My goal is to have a sunny studio full of windows as I am currently painting in a cave during winter and plein air during summer. Plus one day I’d like to exhibit my works in New York. Regarding my life I'd just like to keep being a loving wife and a mom for my little family.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?  
My favourite work is "WhereI come from" which was created in the summer of 2017 right after returning from a painting camp from Transylvania, where I was born, in order not to forget where I come from, where my roots are...
By the way the artwork (saatchiart) was purchased by a collector from New York through Saatchi Art. I truly hope the collector loves it just as much as I did.

Short Cv         
I am a Hungarian artist who was born in Romania in 1976. I am a member of the Transylvanian Artists’ Community and participate in international artist’s camps and group exhibitions with them. I had the chance to learn from the painters of Europe-wide famous Nagybánya” (present-day Baia Mare, Romania) in these art camps in the heart of Transylvania.
"The Church" painting is choosed to be part of the 2018 Art Calendar of Pannoncolor - Hungary
"Runaway Balloon" painting is featured in Saatchi Art's collaborations with Samsung in the new Frame TV
"For Gil Grissom, with Love" painting as illustration in Morta Las Vegas: CSI and the Problem of the West
Author, Nathaniel Lewis,Stephen Tatum, 2017
"Two Cities" painting is book cover for Clergy in a Complex Age. Author, Jamie Harrison. Publisher, SPCK, 2016
My works are currently sold on online art platforms and in Aix en Provence in France in a classic Gallery.

Artist Statement         
What drives me is the feeling of inner silence & peace – the kind I had not felt before picking up a paintbrush. Starting a painting means I never know what it will become, I don’t have an exact idea in my head, sometimes I don’t even know the colors I’m going to use, I just let it happen... let the painting paint itself through me. Such a wonderful feeling getting lost in the process of creation. The amazing thing is that this happens many times. I’m not saying that every single time I get into a meditative state. Neither am I saying that the miracle happens every time. But it happens often enough to take my paintbrushes again and again and lose myself in my inner world.

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