Panorama periodical, Social and cultural monthly periodical, Debrecen, June 7, 2002
Author: János Komiszár
The painter David Beeri
“The light is his target to reach, the bearer of the eternal.”
He was born in Nyírbéltek in 1951. 1975 was a turning point in the life of the painter, as it was the year when he finished his very first painting. At that time he met a painter from Debrecen who recognised his talent for arts and supported him professionally. His works have been displayed at various exhibitions since 1977. He has been an artist by profession since 1982. He lived in Germany for two years, from 1987 onwards; those years have broadened his horizons. He was painting and exhibiting. He had some success but his homesickness proved to be stronger. He moved back to Hungary and since then he has been living with his family in a small gorgeous village located in the Nyírség, named Nyírmihálydi. He is a versatile artist. Not only does he paint with dedication and natural talent, but he likes writing poems, composing or playing music.
The eclecticism of his art is not disturbing; moreover, his personal tone kept beside his ability to synthesise provides his works an authentic postmodern value. Unusual inner light irradiates from his paintings. An exhibition of David Beery has been opened in the hall of Titász Rt.
− You are a father of eight children. How can you reconcile the role of being the head of the family and an artist at the same time?
− I like having the role of the father very much. To have everything work, you need willpower and determination. It is a question of being concentrated. Everything works if I have the right attitude. I have little time to spend on my painting during the day, but I make it up at night, I have to cut my leisure time significantly.
− What should we know about your family?
− My wife is bringing up the children, and she can utilize her skills as a teacher. Six of my children go to elementary or music schools, the eldest one goes to a secondary music school in Debrecen.
− You are said to be a versatile artist. Why is this so?
− I started my career as a musician and I think I could have had success if I hadn’t given it up for painting. I could have been a violinist or a music composer. I was not able to fulfil both careers simultaneously. In painting, I received invitation for national exhibitions only after three and a half years’ experience. I only deal with music as a hobby now; I make some short musical works and practice voice articulation. What is more, sometimes I sing and write poems.
− A painter helped you a lot at the beginning of your career. Who is he? Do you consider him to be your master?
− I have learned a lot from Károly Bodó, painter, as well as others, but I consider nobody to be my master. I would say so only to show respect towards them, but the truth is different. Mainly talent decides whether one becomes an artist or not. A master can put you on the right professional path, but that is all.
− Did you have a spiritual master?
− If I want to be ideological and sincere, I do have a spiritual master. God himself. He inspires my spirit. I feel myself as a tool in his His hands to be able to achieve everything He wants. This is spiritual painting, the painting of the spirit.
− You are hard-working with your paintings. What meaning would you like to convey with them, and how do you prepare your suggestive works conveying conscious contents?
− As I have mentioned, I got something from God that I have adopted. I assess, appreciate and act. I emphasize that it is not mine. Look at the background of one of my paintings. In the background some kind of a spiritual light can be seen, something superterrestrial, beyond the three dimensions. This is more than the material world; this is the world of God. The light fills up the background, which basically creates the motive itself. The picture just emerges, shapes itself. It is a spiritual creation, a metamorphosis. What I do is the manifestation of a new creation.
− What techniques do you work with?
− As for the material, I work with traditional ones; the painting technique I use is completely unique. The gradation of the colours has to be marvellously subtle, invisible. The canvas and the technique of brush usage have to be similar. There is no place for disharmony, only harmony can be present. There is only harmony in God. The shading technique is a novelty as well. The source of light is the background itself from where the whole work comes, infiltrated with the spiritual light.
− To what extent do you consider yourself an experimental type?
− I am as much an experimental type as God wants me to be; He is the one who always shows me something new. He shows me the technique, the theme, and the colours. It involves experimentation. The colours have to speak with marvellous harmony through my paintbrush.
− What colours do you prefer the most?
− The basic ones. There are no other colours. However I can alter them, that is why it is a brand new world that I create. For example, I create the blue colour from many other colours, sometimes I use a colour that even a painter would be astonished at. But it remains blue, aerial blue. Many people think that I use some kind of mechanical intervention for my paintings.
− How much of your dreams are put into your works?
− I would like to comprise my dreams completely, but I do not care about it, I do it the way I can.