Iránytű [English: Compass], September 2005, Issue 13
Light and impression in the works of David Beeri
In about two weeks, the studio of the painter David Beeri will be opened to public in the Mysticism Gallery (6 Bethlen Street) comprising 140 cubic meters of useful floor-space.
David Beeri was born in 1951 in Nyírbéltek. He started to paint in 1975. His professional preparation was guided by well-known painters, studios and international painting schools. He has had his own exhibitions in our Gallery since 1979; he has been a professional artist since 1982. Somewhere he expressed his thoughts on his development and the path assigned for him as follows: “Due to the regular and intense studying I could quite easily find the means for expressing my own self in painting, and by means of this I could develop a style which in all respect reflects the basic characteristics of the artistic and spiritual tendency which is deemed to determine and construct the spirituality of the third millennium.” The painter is talking about the new, yet undefinable tendency in front of his permanent studio housed by one of the blocks of buildings of Bethlen Street, talking about the talent he received as a gift and about the path filled with hardships he had to follow until now, in order to have his paintings also accepted in his home country.
– As I know, critics believe to see the synthesis of modern painting tendencies (cubism, realism, surrealism, etc.) on your paintings, complemented by some special, unique color and tune. Do you consider this statement correct?
David Beeri: Absolutely. My expressed intention is to synthetize different styles, sometimes in a way that I ‘fill it into’ my own frames, creating something new by this. The new tendency has no determined name yet; there is a need for further research and negotiation for a definition to be born, which in all respect can define it correctly. When talking to one of the art critics I used the expression ‘spiritual impressionism’, which is quite a speaking phrase, but I do not think it would be the final label on my art. The essence lies in transformation, in renewal, concluding on the ancient and modern movements, archaizing them and transferring them into the spiritual world. Art has discovered everything in our material world, it has, however, not yet opened a new path in the world of spirituality.
– It can be clearly visible on your paintings that light has a special role. You rarely work with natural sources of light, it more frequently occurs that the displayed background or the figures have their own light in your works.
This, that is, light provides a base for my work. The lights radiated from the background create the topic expressed by the motives. The light creeping in from the background, the dimension of this light determined the meaning of the painting as well. This light cannot bear material light-relations. If someone does not experience meeting God personally, will never know where this light comes form, what the source of it is. I believe that the Holy Spirit embraced me when I handed my life over to God; I am able to realize this ‘program’ with God’s help.
–What are the characteristics of the archaic tone you mentioned?
The archaic tone is represented in my works in the atmosphere of the painting, its figures and colors, not to mention spirituality. I use symbols of the Bible, in a way that I represent them being part of one system.
–You have already had your works displayed at several exhibitions also in Hungary and abroad. Which of these successful events do you regard as the most memorable one?
I could mention the successful professional challenges I experienced in West-Europe or in the United States, or I could also mention an exhibition successfully organized in Japan, where I could display my works among the masterpieces of highly-recognized Hungarian painters. A museum in Toyama county purchased the most from my paintings. But it is also true of several of my European and American exhibitions. I hope that my future holds for me further similar or even bigger successes.
Iránytű [English: Compass], 2005