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Géza Hermann / 514.270.1803 / geza@gezart.com
 

Upcoming
RÉFLEXIONS ALCHEMIQUE
3rd of April - 10th of May, 2014
Vernissage April 2nd, 2014 5 to 8 p.m.

Galerie Bernard
3926, rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, QC
514-277-0770
www.galeriebernard.ca


*ONGOING EXHIBITION*
"RE:INSITU"
HUNGARY/CANADA - 2009/2015

Short documentary film
Simon Trepanier / Director

Transition under UV light

ARTIST STATEMENT

Artist Statement The direction of my personal and artistic development was bridged early. My approach to the painting process is an intuitive one. For me the journey is an encounter with life’s mystery and the process of making art is likewise a journey.

My belief is that art is a vehicle to transcend personal egoistic values, and reveal an important and valid internal technology.

Over three decades I have experimented with a variety of styles and processes, most of them unconventional and highly personalized.

One of the techniques I have employed throughout my career involves luminescent paint. In using the latest technologies and materials, I am able to provide a series of relative transitions within the same painted subject. When a black light is projected onto the surface, a visual transformation occurs, rendering the invisible.

The subject of my painting is juxtaposed with and influenced by the real world environment, and my personal experiences. My work with nature as a landscape designer, my interest in sculpture, environmental installations (Tantramar Symposium), and experiments in painting all come together.

The themes (see Artwork) evolve out of firsthand experiences, and are influenced by my interest in esoteric philosophy, eastern art, tai chi chuan, and Zen gardens. They stimulate my research and help me to develop a symbolic language that is present in the art.

The sojourn I have undertaken was to reveal through art that which is hidden and mysterious, yet something I feel deeply.
 

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BIOGRAPHY

Biography Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1949, Géza Hermann escaped his native country during the 1956 revolution. His artistic training includes apprenticeship and studies with the Russian icon painter Valentine Firsoff Shebaeff, with Guido Molinari and Yves Gaucher, as well as the sculptors Paul Neagu and John Ivor Smith amongst others.

In 1967 he begins his first series of nature studies. After Expo in the same year, is encouraged to travel to Europe to study the works of the great masters.

In 1968 he lives in England, France, Germany, Hungary, Holland and Austria. Later that year, he returns to Canada to work on the Churchill Falls power project in Labrador. Coming back to Montreal in 1970, he begins experiments with luminescent pigments which continue to the present day.

In 1973 he begins to study Tai Chi Chuan with Tam Chuck Ying as well as the ideas of G.I. Gurdjieff, J. Krishnamurti and Eastern art and Philisophy. He continues experiments with fluorescent pigments.
Has first solo exhibition in 1977 at Pollock Hall, McGill University. That same year he begins work on the Hymns Spheres series, culminating with the ‘Portals’ in 1993.

In 1980 he meets abstract expressionist painter, Richard Pousette-Dart, and writes a paper on the significance of Pousette-Dart’s work in the later half of the 20th century.

In the early 80’s he creates a series of welded steel sculptures and completes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University. The following year he receives a Diploma in Education from McGill University.

In 1987 he founds the Alternative Landscaping Company and has since designed and created sculptured gardens, winning numerous awards. He specializes in Zen influenced gardens after a meeting with Ken Nakajima, architect of the Japanese Garden at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. He returns to Hungary for a second time in 1989.
In April of 1993 he exhibits the ‘Portals’ in Toronto at the Art Dialogue gallery. In the same year he begins to teach art at an alternative Outreach program until the year 2000.

Joins the Canadian Hungarian Artist Collective (CHAC) in 2002 and participates both the 2005 and 2007 Tantramar Art symposiums, creating onsite installations at Cape Jourimain, New Bruswick.

In 2004, exhibits the Flower meditations series at Galerie Clair Obscure.

He begins work in 2006 on the ‘Split Horizon’ series, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The series is exhibited that same year in October at the Centaur Theatre’s Seagram gallery.

Work on the latest series ‘Tempus Fugit’ began in 2007 and was exhibited at Galerie Bernard in March 2008.
 

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Mindscapes

Mindscapes 1 Mindscapes 2 Mindscapes 3 Mindscapes 4 Mindscapes 5
Pastel & ink on paper
9" X 20"
Pastel & ink on paper
9" X 20"
Pastel & ink on paper
9" X 20"
Pastel & ink on paper
9" X 20"
Pastel & ink on paper
9" X 20"

Mindscapes 6 Mindscapes 7 Mindscapes 8 Mindscapes 9 Mindscapes 10
Pastel & ink on paper
9" X 20"
Pastel & ink on paper
9" X 20"
Pastel & ink on paper
9" X 20"
Pastel & ink on paper
22" X 30"
Pastel & ink on paper
22" X 30"

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In Response To...

In Response To... 1 In Response To... 2 In Response To... 3 In Response To... 4
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (studio view)
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“

In Response To... 5 In Response To... 6 In Response To... 7 In Response To... 8
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)

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New Horizons

New Horizons 1 New Horizons 2 New Horizons 3
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)

New Horizons 4 New Horizons 5 New Horizons 6
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)
Pastel & ink on paper
32“ X 40“ (detail view)

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Tempus Fugit

Tempus Fugit 1 Tempus Fugit 2 Tempus Fugit 3
Mixed media / 10“ X 10“ Mixed media / 10“ X 10“ Mixed media / 10“ X 10“

Tempus Fugit 4 Tempus Fugit 5 Tempus Fugit 6
Mixed media / 10“ X 10“ Mixed media / 10“ X 10“
(detail view)
Mixed media / 10“ X 10“

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Healing Horizons

Healing Horizon 1 Healing Horizon 2 Healing Horizon 3 Healing Horizon 4
Oil on canvas / 16“ X 20“ Oil on canvas / 16“ X 16“ Oil on canvas / 16“ X 16“ Oil on canvas / 16“ X 16“

Healing Horizon 5 Healing Horizon 6 Healing Horizon 7 Healing Horizon 8
Pastel & ink on paper / 22“ X 30“ Pastel & ink on paper / 22“ X 30“ Pastel & ink on paper / 22“ X 30“ Pastel & ink on paper / 22“ X 30“

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Beyond the Horizon


Beyond the Horizon Beyond the Horizon
Pastel and ink on paper / 22“ X 30“ Pastel and ink on paper / 22“ X 30“
Beyond the Horizon Beyond the Horizon
Pastel and ink on paper / 22“ X 30“ Pastel and ink on paper / 22“ X 30“

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Split Horizons

Healing Horizon 1 Healing Horizon 2 Healing Horizon 3
Pastel & ink on paper / 18“ X 24“ Pastel & ink on paper / 18“ X 24“ Oil on canvas / 24“ X 48“

Healing Horizon 5 Healing Horizon 6 Healing Horizon 7
Oil on canvas / 24“ X 48“ Pastel & ink on paper / 30“ X 44“ Pastel & ink on paper / 22“ X 30“

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Magyar Shamanic (Tàltos) Dreams

Healing Horizon 1 Healing Horizon 2 Healing Horizon 3 Healing Horizon 4
Watercolour / 16“ X 20“ Watercolour / 15“ X 19“ Watercolour / 15“ X 19“ Watercolour / 18“ X 24“

Healing Horizon 5 Healing Horizon 6 Healing Horizon 7 Healing Horizon 8
Watercolour / 15“ X 19“ Watercolour / 30“ X 44“ Watercolour / 22“ X 30“ Mixed Media / 36“ X 48“

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Flower Meditations

Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations
Oil on canvas
6“ X 24“
Oil on canvas
6“ X 24“
Oil on canvas
6“ X 24“
Oil on canvas
16“ X 16“
Oil on canvas
16“ X 20“
Watercolour
15“ X 19“
Watercolour
15“ X 19“
Watercolour
15“ X 19“
Watercolour
15“ X 19“
Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations Flower Meditations
Watercolour
paper / 22“ X 30“
Watercolour
paper / 22“ X 30“
Watercolour
paper / 22“ X 30“
Watercolour
paper / 22“ X 30“
Watercolour
paper / 15“ X 19“
Watercolour
paper / 15“ X 19“

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Peterborough Snow Sketches

Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches
Pastel on Peterborough Art Paper
20“ X 32“
Pastel on Peterborough Art Paper
20“ X 32“
Pastel on Peterborough Art Paper
20“ X 32“
Pastel on Peterborough Art Paper
20“ X 32“
Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches
Pastel on Peterborough Art Paper
20“ X 32“
Pastel on Peterborough Art Paper
20“ X 32“
Pastel on Peterborough Art Paper
20“ X 32“
Pastel on Peterborough Art Paper
20“ X 32“

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Personal Mountains

Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches
Pastel on paper / 11“ X 26“ Pastel on paper / 11“ X 26“ Pastel on paper / 11“ X 26“ Pastel on paper / 11“ X 26“
Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches
Pastel on paper / 11“ X 26“ Pastel on paper / 11“ X 26“ Pastel on paper / 11“ X 26“ Pastel on paper / 11“ X 26“

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Tree Series

Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches
Pastel on paper
30“ X 22“
Pastel on paper
19“ X 25“
Pastel on paper
19“ X 25“
Pastel on paper
19“ X 25“
Pastel on paper
30“ X 22“

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Alchemical

Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches
Watercolour
22“ X 30“
Watercolour
22“ X 30“
Watercolour
22“ X 30“
Watercolour
22“ X 30“
Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches Peterborough Snow Sketches
Watercolour
30“ X 22“
Watercolour
30“ X 22“
Watercolour
30“ X 22“
Watercolour
30“ X 22“
Watercolour
30“ X 22“

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GARDENS

Gardens The gardens highlighted here were created between 1998 and 2007.

My work is based on certain principles of design and incorporating eastern aesthetics. It is adapted specifically to each sight, taking into consideration the location, the local ecology and the individual’s needs.

In this way, each garden becomes a uniquely sculptured space. The materials used and how it is planned and placed, depends on the gardens creators. As a painter choosing paint for the canvas, in the case of the garden, it is the canvas.
A living canvas that changes with time.
 

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Stowe

1998-1999

Stowe Stowe
Stowe Stowe

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Senneville

1999-2000

Senneville Senneville
Senneville Senneville

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La Malbaie

2001-2002

La Malbaie La Malbaie
La Malbaie La Malbaie

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Baie D'Urfé

2006-2007

Baie D'Urfé Baie D'Urfé
Baie D'Urfé
Baie D'Urfé

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Steel Love

Sculptures and drawings from the 80's, Galerie du Viaduc, Montreal, Quebec

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In Response to the Music

Geza Hermann & jazz band Four feel, Galerie Bernard, Montreal, Quebec

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Now's the Time

John Speed & Son Petit Band, Hemmingford, Quebec
John & the Band on MySpace

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Tantramar Symposium 2007 - Ode to the Land Installation

EcoCenter, Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick

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Tantramar Symposium 2007 Tantramar Symposium 2007 Tantramar Symposium 2007 Tantramar Symposium 2007 Tantramar Symposium 2007

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Tantramar Symposium 2005 - Ode to the Land Installation

EcoCenter, Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick

Tantramar Symposium 2005 Tantramar Symposium 2005 Tantramar Symposium 2005
Tantramar Symposium 2005 Tantramar Symposium 2005 Tantramar Symposium 2005

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Beyond the Portals

Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montreal, QC

Beyond the Portals Beyond the Portals Beyond the Portals

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