Tamás Náray: ICON painting exhibition at Kempinski Gallery
24 May – 31 July 2017
Tamás Náray started his artistic career as a dress- and costume designer.
“Tamás Náray is the fixed star of the fashion world, and his taste has been an absolute standard in the visual chaos from the beginning,” wrote the designer Péter Gál Molnár, well-known critic and aesthete on the columns of Népszabadság before.
His classic, elegant clothes, which represent the big-city luxury lifestyle, can be easily recognisable for their unique silhouette, the special combinations of colours and textures, and their sophisticated ornamentation techniques.
He went to Paris as an economist and finished his studies at Academie de l'Art de la Mode (AAM), before mastering the art of fashion design at the biggest Parisian haute couture houses (Ted Lapidus, Cristobal Balenciaga). During his already quarter-century career, his collections were sold in various countries of the world.
As a costume designer, he created something imperishable in the films “Love till first blood” (Hungary), “Monte Carlo” (USA; France) and “S.O.S. Love” (USA; Hungary). Furthermore, various celebrities have worn his creations: Daryl Hannah, Billy Zane, Catherine Tate, Katie Cassidy, Selena Gomez and Cindy Crawford (without being exhaustive). Moreover, he got several nominations and awards for scenery and costume design for the Hungarian-American-Italian film titled “The immigrant” (Venice and Chicago Film Festivals, “Best scenic design” category).
He has also designed costumes at the most illustrious opera houses for Verdi’s “Attila” and “Don Carlos”.
Already as a teenager, he was highly interested in painting, at first as a hobby but later he started considering this fine artistic discipline seriously. In the beginning he improved his drawing knowledge of formal illustration, and then later his attention turned towards geometric and cubist trends. He has been painting professionally since 1999, and the artistic character he has developed in the last 18 years can be best described as lyrical abstraction.
Through his friendships and wide social network, various contemporary collectors and famous collections took notice of his paintings and started following his work. Though he didn’t have any exhibitions in the early period, some of his relevant artworks got into high-level galleries and collections. Without being exhaustive:
CAPRI (oil, 195x85) LUGANO, Swiss Contemporary Collection
TIBETAN GOLDFISH (oil, 140x140) Raiffeisen collection
TRAMBULIN (oil, 120x120) Kósa-Körtvélyesi private collection
ATHENS (oil, 60x40) private collection, Paris
ROME (oil, 70x40) private collection, Paris
TIME WHEEL (oil, 100x100) private collection, Marbella, Spain
In 2016 he entered into a contract with ARTSOMMELIER artistic management company. They organised his first exhibition, titled KORIDOR, which they selected from the last five years’ artworks, and it was introduced with wide publicity. The critics’ opinion about KORIDOR was that “Náray’s artworks do have a place in Hungarian contemporary art of painting”.
From his artworks made for Magda Szabó (Kossuth Award-winning writer, 1917-2007), various centenary exhibitions will be opened in Budapest (24 May 2017), Rome (30 May 2017) and Moscow (end of September 2017).
His artistic work was awarded with the Golden Runway Award in Paris (1998), Governmental Standard Award (2000), the Republic of Hungary’s Knight Cross (2007), and Sovereign Order of Saint John Knights of Malta - Medal for the Homeland’s Glory (2008).
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