AIMING FOR IMPERFECTION. INTERVIEW WITH DÉNESH GHYCZY

Dénesh Ghyczy's paintings reveal a state of social distance amidst architecture of inspiring beauty. The German-Hungarian artist has created a characteristic technique that allows him to visualize light-flooded interiors with glass walls that are almost dissolving. It is as if the inside and the outside merge. By blurring and fragmenting the architectural surfaces, Dénesh Ghyczy plays with perspective and focuses attention on the distance between the viewer and the painted object. Immersed, isolated figures occupy the places of his paintings, often surrounded by a manifold plant world, radiating a transcendent calm to the viewer.    

Dénesh Ghyczy speaks with misa.art about finding his style, aiming for imperfection, and overcoming self-doubts. 

misa.art: Your paintings cross the line between realism and abstraction by using separate brush strokes in interplay with existing figures. How did you develop this style?   

Dénesh Ghyczy: The abstract parts belong to an underlying layer, an abstract painting that covers the whole canvas. This is the backdrop for the figurative image. I like to think of frequencies or energies pervading everything. I use tape to mask areas of the abstract layer. By removing the tape, I can step back in time and show what was there before—what is underneath.  

misa.art: Landscapes, interiors, and people are recurring themes in your work. What is it about these motifs that catches your attention and inspires you to create a painting?   

DG: The landscapes and interiors are basically idealized places of longing. It’s the images on social media that make us envious. The people I place in these settings often counteract this ideal with indifference (to one another) or, more likely, by paying attention to their phones.  

misa.art: Brush strokes close to perfection are characteristic of your work. Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?   

DG: Yes, unfortunately. Imperfection is my aim. Making a perfect depiction of reality is hard work. Stopping at the right time and leaving things open is harder.    

misa.art: Creative work is often accompanied by doubts. How do you overcome self-doubts when they arise?  

DG: Self-doubts are a healthy part of my work. Small crises are welcome for rethinking and adjusting. There is nothing worse than being crammed and having a big ego.   

misa.art: The art market is shifting into the digital. How do you view that shift? Does it affect you and your work?   

DG: It’s a good thing that the audience is widening; art is becoming globally accessible for all. Nonetheless, I believe in the aura of a physical work. This live experience cannot be fully replaced by a virtual one. With NFTs, it's obviously different. Luckily for me, my work is rather photogenic. The general idea and feeling can be perceived by seeing it on a screen as well.  

Dénesh Ghyczy is part of the collection "Welcome to My Crib" on misa.art. Please click HERE to browse through the collection. 

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