Ernie Gerzabek is a professional visual artist painting Australian landscapes, seascapes, flowers and abstracts. His artworks are highly original, colourful, decorative and affordable.
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I am a professional landscape painter and abstract artist and sculptor.
I was born in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to Australia in 1958 and . started painting in 1970 while practising as a Chartered Architect. Following my retirement from Architecture in 1997 I commenced painting full time.
I pride himself on being a self-taught artist as I do not follow in the footsteps of any teacher or master. I have a very broad range of original approaches, thus cannot be pigeonholed into a single ‘style’.
Inspiration and artistic Influences
My main inspiration is Nature, the unique landscapes of Australia, the unspoilt countryside, wilderness areas, deserts, wetlands and seashores.
As to artists who most influenced me, I must admit I admire Vincent Van Gogh’s use of colour and his emotional intensity. I love Paul Klee’s sensitivity and deep insight into our inner beings. I marvel at Kandinsky’s exuberance and sense of composition. I am amazed at Picasso’s inventiveness and broad range of interests.
As for Australian artists, I love John Olsen’s imaginative expression and playfulness, Fred Williams’ unique ability to extract the essential abstract elements of a landscape, and most importantly, I am most impressed by Emily Kngwarreye’s innate mastery of colour, structure and connection to Country.
Interpretation and expression
I am often told my interpretation of natural phenomena is unique, quite surprising and somewhat unpredictable. My paintings not only encapsulate the essential elements, colours and features of a particular place, but also recreate the ambience and the ‘feel’ of being there.
I tend to create playful, decorative and inspiring images, which are both optimistic and spiritually uplifting. Typically, my work is highly original, exuberant, vibrant, confident and eye-catching. Most of my creations are richly textured, overflow with dazzling colour and charged with positive energy. Other pieces are introspective, soft and meditative.
I believe my artworks are not only collectable but also provide long term enjoyment and relaxation as a counterbalance to the stresses of everyday life.
Exhibitions and collections
I had more than 26 solo shows since 1999 and have participated in countless group shows in commercial galleries and other venues.
My artworks are sold in a number of commercial galleries in Sydney, they are highly sought after by art lovers, interior designers and architects.
Apart from Australia, my works can be found in public and private collections all around the world, including the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Great Britain and many other European countries.
I have been a member of the National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA) and exhibiting memberships in Mosman Art Society, Ku-ring-gai Art Society, Hornsby Art Society, North Shore Art Society and The Sculptors’ Society.