Zsuzsanna Pataki is a colorist with an eye for beauty in unexpected places. Her cityscapes capture the history and atmosphere of a place, giving a quick handed impression. She is an avid student of urban life and space in their fascinating interaction across the ages.
Using layers of liquid and broken colour worked with palette knife Zsuzsanna invites the viewer to complete the story of the artwork by imagination:
‘Our knowledge of the world is fractured, our understanding is coloured by interpretation. Painting it with the knife allows me to highlight the beauty and remind myself and the viewer of how temporal, fragile and partial the picture is. I expect the viewer to put together the pieces. I paint a puzzle: we never have the whole picture…’
Her recent artworks include ambient light reflected by gold and silver leaves, carefully placed to harmonise with the whole of the painting. Dependent on light conditions and the angle of the viewing, the artwork becomes an interactive experience, the only constant being change, with passage in time and space… all of it at the mercy of the light received from above. Go to gallery
From cityscapes to portraits: a journey
Individual and group portraits are the other end of the same vast and beautiful story. If you contemplate the world, then begin noting what is around you, the streets, the neighbours who become your friends, perhaps weaving family ties together… it is all quite precious.
Classic oil portraits are a wonderful artistic tradition, a unique gift that helps keep your story alive for generations to come.