vivo e lavoro a London and Puglia
data di nascita 06/09/1975
ILONA SZALAY www.ilonaszalay.com EDUCATION 2001-2002 Byam Shaw School of Art, University of the Arts, MA Fine Art, Distinction MA thesis 1999-2000 Byam Shaw School of Art, University of the Arts, Post-Graduate Diploma 1998-1999 Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, Foundation Diploma 1994-1997 Brasenose College, Oxford University, BA English Literature, 2.1 EXHIBITIONS 2015 London Art Fair, Islington, London Solo Exhibition, Galere invaliden1, Berlin 2014 Mermaid, Solo exhibition, Tart Gallery, Zurich Terra Incognita, the Project Gallery, Arundel Undercurrents, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London AAF New York City, Metropolitan Pavilion UP&COMING, Exhibition organised by Kids of Dada, Hoxton Gallery, London AAF Milan, Superstudio Piu Art 14 London, Olympia, London 2013 Silver, Group exhibition, Rebecca Hossack Gallery Art Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre The Threadneedle Prize, the Mall Galleries The 20/21 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art ArtWorks Open 2013, Barbican Arts Group Trust Owl, Boy, Gun, Solo exhibition, Rebecca Hossack Gallery Octopus, Solo exhibition, Galleria Marelia, Bergamo 2012 Sand in the Wax, auction at the Barbican Arts Trust The National Open Art Competition, The Prince's Foundation, Hoxton The Threadneedle Prize, the Mall Galleries, London The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London FAD Exhibition at Boxpark, Shoreditch 2011 The Other Art Fair, the Bargehouse, London The London Group Open Exhibition 2011, The Cello Factory No New Thing Under The Sun, Royal Academy, London 2010 Group show gallery artists , Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London Open Art Fair, Utrecht, Holland Naked (solo show), Whitfield Fine Art, London Paint, The Beldam Gallery, London London Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery 2009 Group Show of gallery artists, Rebecca Hossack Gallery Collectible, Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton Art London, Rebecca Hossack Gallery Image Surface Event, Standpoint Gallery, London Giddee Up, The Arts Gallery, London London Art Fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London 2008 Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery, London They Paved Paradise, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London Solo Project Space, London Art Fair (with Beverley Knowles Fine Art) AWARDS 2014 Anthology, Charlie Smith, long list 2013 Finalist for The Threadneedle Prize 2013 Winner of the ORA Prize, Italy 2012 3rd Annual Call, Beers Lambert, long list 2011 I am solitary, Beers Lambert, long list 2006 Celeste Painting Prize, short list PRESS Metro, Wall Street International Magazine, The Independent, The Times, Dazed and Confused, Turps Banana, Garageland, The Resident, The Grove
Ilona Szalay studied at Oxford University and Byam Shaw, University of the Arts. She has shown her paintings at many galleries and international art fairs. In 2013 she was selected as one of six finalists for the Threadneedle Prize, one of the most valuable art prizes in the UK. She also won the ORA Prize, an Italian contemporary art prize, and was chosen to show work in the Barbican Open Exhibition. In 2013 she had two solo shows of new paintings, one in Italy Octopus at Galleria Marelia and one in London Owl, Boy, Gun at Rebecca Hossack Gallery. At the beginning of this year she was selected by Rebecca Wilson, head curator at Saatchi Art, as one of 14 Artists from around the world to invest in. This year she has shown paintings at Art 14 London, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and is exhibiting new works in a solo show in Zurich at the end of 2014. Ilona Szalay's paintings trace a path through a world of conflict and power play, a place of rigid hierarchy and fierce competition. Using a spare, concise visual language the work explores notions of vulnerability and beauty, dominance and submission, violence and control. The work seeks to investigate the tension between protection and control and as a result there is an ambivalence in the images, a questioning of motive/morality, and an examination into our impulses to both create and destroy. The pictures are permeated with a lonely sense of yearning and a poignant straining towards something infinite. The secrecy (or secret) itself becomes a subject, and a modus operandi, an inner core to be protected, watchfully, from a hovering menace which resides, perpetually, just outside the frame. The status quo is maintained through these crude power relationships - subjugation of some, suppression of much - and there is depicted a rough kind of containing engendered by an endless repetition of clumsy compromise. In her video work she uses stop motion animation to create free-wheeling narratives of oil paint on glass. These 'moving paintings' exist only in recorded form as each drawing is extinguished to allow room for the next, as such the work is ephemeral and spontaneous, the images dissolving into each other and sliding across the surface of the glass. The pictures tell of metamorphosis, desire, dreams and death. There is an intensely visceral quality to the most recent paintings, a sense of abundance, of gorging, stuffing or flooding, and a sense that something is being simultaneously illuminated and obliterated on the surface of the glass. This sweeping away is combined with tight pockets of controlled activity. These knotted, or knitted, places tell of beings grappling with one another in ways both hostile and benign.