Joseph Szabu

Joseph Szabu
Joseph Szabu
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Joseph Szabu


Untitled, c.1972
Joseph Szabo (1927-1984)
acrylic on canvas
107 x 107cm
Provenance: Charles Nodrum Gallery (label attached verso)
The estate of Joseph Szabo


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In this painting Jo Szabo consolidates experiences of the past…his mediation on Jackson Pollock however is considerably more than a paraphrase. Like Pollock, Szabo could claim “my paintings do not have a centre, the same interest exists in all parts” …this said the two part company. Szabo does not embrace the muscular energetic approach and sense of dynamic rhythm seen in Pollocks work. Szabo’s painting shows complexity rather than energy and structure instead of rhythm. Also in his painting colours are totally integrated. Szabo’s skilful combination provides the ability to sustain the viewer inspection for some time.

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Joseph (Joe) Szabo

Born in Budapest in 1932, Joseph Szabo arrived in Australia in 1950. He studied at the National Art School in Sydney. A painter, teacher and ceramicist, he exhibited his paintings from 1962. He also taught with Jon Molvig in Brisbane and at the Mary White School and Bakery School in Sydney. In 1972 he won the Blake Prize. Szabo died in 1984. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW.