SELECTION FROM THE WORKS OF STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED FROM THE HUNGARIAN UNIVERSITY OF FINE ARTS AND ATTENDED ÁDÁM FARKAS’S CLASS
Artists: Fábián BARÁTH, Tamás BARÁZ, Dávid BOBÁLY, Emese DÓRA, Apolka ERŐS, Zsuzsa FARKAS, Éva FARKAS-PAP, Tamás GILLY, Dáriusz GWIZALDA, Irma GYÖRGY, Péter HEIM, Tünde HORVÁTH, Rita ILKA, Pál JÓZSA, Dani KISS, András KONTUR, László KOSINA, Márk LELKES, Krisztián MÁTHÉ, Tamás MELKOVICS, Máté MERÉSZ, Imre NAGY, Csaba NÉMETH, Benjámin PELCZ, Botond POLGÁR, Gina PORTOLANI, Attila RESTYÁNSZKI, Máté RETKES, Dániel SALLAY, Villő TURCSÁNY, Melinda VARGA, Kató VARJAS
As one of the most outstanding figures of Hungarian contemporary sculpture, Ádám Farkas has created timeless statues conveying clear ideas, by applying traditional sculptural devices and simple forms since the 1960s, for more than five decades.
He is interested in creating statuettes, sculptures in public places, political monuments, sculptural works related to architecture, medals, drawings and silk screen prints. His monumental works include the Welcome Statue in Szentendre, the Stone Fall in Villány, the fountain statue in Gazdagrét, the Memorial of the 1956 Revolution in Pécs and the Memorial of Recsk, at the site of the former prison camp. His public sculptures can be found in squares and at artists’ colonies in France, Japan and California. Several of his works are part of Hungarian or foreign art collections. Besides his creative work, his activity as a professor, a public figure and an art theorist is also significant. His articles are often published in different art journals.
His life-work exhibition provides a comprehensive summary of his oeuvre consisting of consequent periods ranging from his early experimental statues seeking contact between forms to his latest works which are on display for the first time.
In 1972, Ádám Farkas said about his first exhibition in Szentendre: “I would like to create sculptures which could have been born even without me…” His statement not only expresses his humble attitude towards nature and art, but it also points at his art philosophy seeking to create sculptures which appear to be natural in their environment. The photos he took of his own works prove that instead of focusing merely on the sculpture, he wants to integrate it into the surrounding landscape.
Nature plays a special role in his life, considerably influencing his art. Due to the property his parents bought in Szentendre in the 1930s, the natural world has been close to his heart since his childhood. He has grown up here. His own studio, the primary place of his creative activity is on this plot, as well. The garden with its ancient trees and wildlife on the bank of the Bükkös Brook is inseparable from his personality, similarly to Szentendre, in whose cultural and art life he plays a significant role.
His sculptures are characterized by form-seeking of contemporary art and the symbol creation of archaic art. The surface of sculptures is of primary importance, as it visualises the creative moves and gestures, the traces of the sculptor’s struggle to find the proper forms. His non-figurative sculpture, which is indirectly related to nature, bears a resemblance to Brancuși, Hans Arp and Noguchi’s art.
Ádám Farkas considers teaching to be part of his creative activity. As a professor who has been teaching at the Hungarian Academy (later: University) of Fine Arts since 1990 and as a former rector of the same institution (he worked there as a rector for 3 years), he proposed to organise another show to accompany his long-expected life-work exhibition. This latter show presents the degree works and the latest sculptures of his former students, most of whom have become well-known artists by now. A selection from the works of 32 artists who attended Ádám Farkas’s class at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts can be seen in the middle wing of the ArtMill.586