Artist Of The Week
Igor Eugen Prokop
Human activities have disrupted the order of nature causing chaos in the relationship between man and nature. Changed conditions, global warming, melting, ocean water is warming and water levels are rising etc. With the visual expression of the philosophy and concept incorporated in my paintings, I would like to show the original order of nature, the changes, even the negative ones, together with a solution applied in a subjective way….
From my childhood devotion to nature, through the world seen by the learned biologist, it’s an ongoing story of an earthling living together with nature, and it has innumerable details. From travelling around much of the earth, through the teaching of biology and art, countless micro-stories have shaped the current state of my journey and the way to Laotzu. All of these have strongly influenced the content, technique, solutions, forms and colors of my works and their imperative transfer to the public….
Experience, learning and knowledge significantly influence our relationship to nature. In order to develop a sense of nature, respecting nature, one has to come into real contact with nature and leave the forests, fields, mountains, oceans and rivers intact. And what you experience and get to know there, will evoke the feeling that every human being should know that he or she must actually feel part of nature. Which we mustn’t abuse. We can only live together with it in symbiosis…..
To express my concepts, I use spots, lines, and colors as general image bases that are ubiquitous in nature. These are mostly manifested in my paintings and graphics. One of the directions of my research, exploration, and search path took me to express my concepts in the glass as a medium. For 25 years I have been practicing the fusing glass technique involving nature. …
… All beings perceive light, plants and animals equally, light plays a huge and essential role in the evolution of life. Light contains all colors. So when I paint and depict nature, the living one, its relationships, and inner contents and dreams, colors always appear. Color is also a code of nature to indicate where it belongs, e.g. green chlorophyll in plants. These colors can be reconsidered, reinforced by my mind and, in various combinations, abstracted into a new world in my paintings…
Mostly I think in series. The world I see and sense, especially nature, is too complicated. Therefore, when elaborating a topic, I express my thoughts and feelings in several pictures and paintings, that’s the reason why I think in series. Therefore, the actual painting is preceded by a very long period of thinking and preparation. When I am painting, with great concentration I focus on the technical creation of the image and it is extremely demanding on my physical, mental and emotional state. During painting I discover a lot of new techniques, materials and solutions that take up my attention and time …
I think art is not just a profession, but a very deep, complex, continuous, overwhelmed state of mind and emotion that, for some, lasts a lifetime. The journey of the artist, my own journeys, beyond the accomplished paths, mean creating a whole new world as well ….
I’m an Earthling!
All celestial and earthly stories affect me!
Now I live in Europe.
Sometimes in Berlin,Sometimes in Budapest.
About the Artist
For more than two decades, Igor Eugen Prokop (* 1953, Budapest) has been a well-known figure on the international art scene. With his infinitely creative power, the painter repeatedly creates new expressive works from the variety of impressions and themes that surround us all.
The environment is the central motif in Igor Eugen Prokop’s work, which is a strong advocate of untouched oceanic flora and fauna. Prokop, who studied art as well as biology and philosophy, uses all these influences in his abstract paintings dedicated to the nature and place of man.
The exhibition “Global Warning” focuses above all on the climate crisis recognizable from the pun of the exhibition title, which is repeatedly discussed in Prokop’s nature-related, abstract works. This includes paintings from a series of so-called “Brass Glass Panel Paintings” – a type of stained glass that he developed himself, which is also an integral part of his artistic work. Prokop succeeds in transferring his painting into a new medium through an exciting combination of color, glass and light.
Igor Prokop’s works regularly garner international acclaim, including awards such as the International Confederation of Art Critics Awards (2015, 2018), the Jury Prize of the Chianciano Biennial, and most recently the nomination for the 2017 newly-founded Global Art Award in Dubai. He is represented in Germany by the gallery Art Center Berlin.
Meet the artist! At his upcoming exhibition. More information below: