Monday, 31 March 2014

Off With His Head

There is something more than a little strange about the world as depicted in the paintings of Orr Máté [in Hungarian the surname is always placed first]. Human forms may sport the head of animals, violence erupts in sword or saw, in axe or arrow, in a Still Life one senses putrefaction, a cabbage rots, fungi fester, birds and beasts are exiled from their natural habitat to become part of a domestic scene, the familiar translates to the unfamiliar, the known to the unknown.

Orr Máté answering a point in his Budapest studio with a work in progress

For Orr Máté, the curious attracts and the more curious the greater the attraction. Born in 1985 and a graduate of The Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest, Orr Máté is, without a shadow of a doubt, with numerous exhibitions to his name and his work widely collected in both Europe and the United States of America, one of the rising stars of Hungarian painters of his generation.

shelves in the studio are filled with an eclectic mix of objects and materials

A visit to his Budapest studio is a telling experience. Here, amongst the brushes and well worked tubes of oil paint, are to be found provisional sketches [for every painting is painstakingly worked from concept to completion], maquettes, works in progress and completed canvases. Shelves display a miscellany of objet trouvé: a gilded skull, a porcelain rabbit, a plastic lobster. Inspiration is taken from life itself.

a near finished painting, with preliminary oil sketches, indicates the process of work

Enquiries of his work are answered with a quiet assurance and authority which emanate from a lively, intelligent and creative mind whilst a very real sense of humour and fun make this self-effacing painter, who describes his work as 'Baroque-Futurism', a joy to know and to count as a friend.

in the drawing room Orr Máté is pictured with some sketches relating to a commission

It would, we feel, be presumptuous to call ourselves 'Collectors' of Orr Máté's work, or indeed anyone else's. But with two [and one tiny] paintings now hanging on our walls, and an exciting commission under way, possibly we may at least be thought of as 'Interested'!! We rather hope so!!

'Scene with Hare', a moment in time captured, hangs above the sideboard

Today our newest acquisition 'Pelican' or, as we think of it, 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' [with apologies to James Joyce], impacts upon the drawing room. Here in this nude self-portrait are to be found so many familiar elements: the often repeated motif of the chequerboard; the human head replaced [in this case with that of a bird]; the suggested threat of danger [the weapon]; the 'flat' Matisse-type paint effects. With closer observation the fiery red of the bird's beak assumes a phallic quality, in direct contrast to the shadowy genitals, the axe points inwards to create a disturbing tension whilst the stance of the figure itself suggests on the one hand virile masculinity and, on the other, human vulnerability.

here the artist unpacks the newest of our paintings, an oil on canvas, titled 'Pelican'
   
'Pelican', oil on canvas, positioned in the drawing room - certain to excite comment
On Friday evening Orr Máté accompanied us to the State Opera House for a production of Wagner's 'The Flying Dutchman' . Somehow fitting, or so we think!

Orr Máté at the opera prior to the performance. Lance Hattatt is pictured in the glass seated
after the opera enjoying pudding in the bar of The Four Seasons Hotel, Budapest

188 comments:

  1. I just love the look of that Pelican painting, it's weird and very different in my eyes. You can stare at it for hours and I wonder what he was thinking as he drew it with a well sharpened axe in hand.
    Enjoy your week.

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    1. We are delighted that you like the 'Pelican' painting. Máté's work, or so we feel, always reveals something new the more one looks at it and, additionally, never fails but to stimulate the imagination.

      We trust that you too will have a good week.

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  2. Is your evening at the Varfok connected?
    x

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    1. Actually, Grant, it is not!! Two very different painters, both hugely interesting, and we think that it will be a fun evening. Much looking forward to seeing you.

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  3. I really like his work. I wish we had more wall space. We have quite a large apartment but so many things to put on the walls. We've just bought a fantastic tapestry from Ramses Wissa Wassef Foundation in Cairo by a weaver we have long admired. How nice it is to read about the artistic and cultural things you do. I'm so glad you've started blogging again.

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    1. To accommodate the latest painting did, in fact, entail some rearranging of the wall space. That said, we are most fortunate in Budapest as the room ceilings are high.

      Your tapestry sounds most interesting and exciting and you have prompted us to investigate the Ramses Wissa Wassef Foundation. It is always such fun to acquire additional pieces of art work as and when one is able.

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  4. What an interesting post and yes I am sure that painting will certainly be cause for for some interesting conversation. I personally like paintings to be 'real'; maybe this is a bit daft as you may as well have a photo, but just my taste. I have to admit these do intrigue me and I would like to see more of his collection. I do not however dislike modern art which I cannot fathom out what it is supposed to be. Enjoy his work and the chats it will evoke. Take care Diane

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    1. We are so pleased, Diane, that you have found the post of interest. All art, in its widest form, is very personal and we never believe there is any reason to apologise for ones' likes or dislikes. Since living in Budapest we have had the opportunity of extending our very limited knowledge of Contemporary Art, particularly where Hungarian art is concerned, and we have found this to be totally rewarding in so many ways. That said, there is of course much which does not appeal directly to us.

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  5. What an artist. Someone who DOES provoke conversation, someone who displays a certain COURAGE to be different....and really different. This is what makes a poet (and I am learning this, very painstakingly!) a good one, someone who stretches vocabulary and bends words to make new meaning in context, to take us off of our feet and into the sky of new meaning. Lovely apartment, lovely ideas does he have: TO STIR THE HUMAN MIND.

    Jane, it is so good to see you and thank you for coming. Peace to all. Anita

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    1. We entirely agree with all that you say here, Anita, in the context of 'Art' in its widest form. Certainly Máté dares to be different and his work does provoke a variety of reactions which, in themselves, prompt further discussion and debate. Yes, he does have the ability "TO STIR THE HUMAN MIND". And how good is that!!

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  6. Hello Jane and Lance - pleased you have returned back safely and hope you had a happy sojourn in Brighton.
    Why does Máté's work seem vaguely familiar to me? I think it is because it reminds me of Anubis the Egyptian god portrayed as a human with a jackals head.
    I do not think that it is always necessary to understand a painting, but if it leads the viewer along different thought processes that in itself can be an added dimension. His work is certainly provocative and very different.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. We had a wonderful time in Brighton and were so fortunate as to have had warm, sunny days. Something of a change, we understand!

      This is such an interesting connection which you make with a regard to Máté's work. We most certainly must ask him about this. Like you, we think that possibly the most important aspect of any one artist's work is that it should, ideally, encourage thinking and, possibly, extend one's experiences of life.

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  7. What a gorgeous painting and what a talented young man! I think it's very unusual for such a young artist to have such a definite style? He is very impressive for his talent and his wardrobe, the lobster pin on his jacket is one of the best things I've seen in some time.

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    1. We are huge admirers of all Máté's work and feel really very privileged to have him as a friend. Furthermore, he is excellent, intelligent company with a great sense of fun. Yes, the 'lobster' brooch is, we agree, simply wonderful!!

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  8. They, whoever they are, do say if you have more than one you are a collector. His work is very interesting. The ax is a bit unnerving, self mutilation, cleaving the head from the body...does cause you to really study, look away, and then repeat. I do love the painting over the mantle, the sexuality and violence is still present just a bit more subtle and with maybe humor.

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    1. Then 'they' surely cannot be ignored!! But we do think that it is rather nicer just to have interesting paintings on the walls!

      The axe is very suggestive of so many things, giving such huge scope to the imagination. In the original planning of the work it was to have faced outwards, as Máté told us, and then came a change of heart or mind.

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  9. What an interesting post, and how fascinating are this artist's paintings. Unsettling, too, harkening to the surrealists, but more painterly. I am pleased to see your commissioned work in your drawing room, where it provides a compelling juxtaposition (or is it complement?) to your more traditional furnishings. RD

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    1. We too find Máté's work totally compelling and also, as you remark here, not a little unsettling. Somewhat surprisingly we find ourselves more and more drawn to Contemporary Art and are increasingly happy to accommodate it in what is, after all, a fairly traditional setting. But let us not worry about that!!

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  10. I am glad your post introduced me to this intriguing young artist. I shall have to find out a bit more about him.

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    1. Do click on the link at the opening of the post which will take you to Máté's website. We are so pleased that you like his work.

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  11. Hello Jane and Lance, By slashing all convention and expectation, Orr draws the viewer into his work and encourages an equally fresh interpretation. Although your interiors were quite interesting to begin with, these striking paintings vitalize their more traditional settings.

    By the way, although Orr's figures briefly recall Egyptian animal-headed deities, etc., the Addams Family giraffe seems to be guided by a related spirit:
    http://addamsfamily.wikia.com/wiki/File:Giraffe.jpg

    Jim

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    1. We are delighted with what you say here, Jim, both in respect of Máté's paintings and of the way in which they 'work' in a more traditional setting. Also thank you so much for the link - most interesting. Something else to discuss with the artist!!

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  12. Whoa! His work certainly calls for one to STOP and STARE in quiet amazement! It is very interesting how well Orr's paintings work so well in your own setting -- is even complementary to it -- there is a bizarre sense of the traditional mixed in with a kind of whimsy and yet it's 'original'. Very appealing to me.

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    1. Yes, it is really so good that one feels a need to react in some way or another which, for us, is one way certainly in which 'art' may be defined. Surprisingly the paintings do not appear totally incongruous in our rooms - but even if they did, we should still include them.

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  13. The art I love most are the pieces which have a personal significance, and often a result of meeting and then knowing the artist. I can always appreciate the talent and expertise of the artistic technique, but the life one sees in the brushstrokes, or the deeper meaning of the work, or the subtleties of color/texture touch me more often. To see the private space of the creative genius and to know the artist is the most intimate relationship with the artist's work. Like the two of you, I have come to enjoy contemporary work, admiring much and rejecting some. Orr's art is rich with the techniques of the masters of previous centuries, but taken to a new level. The dark backgrounds with the checked base create a fascinating dimension to his main characters. I can only imagine how incredible both of these pieces are, positioned in your home and viewed "live."

    Someone once told me that you never buy art to "match the sofa" and indeed I never have. How dull would that be!

    What a pleasure it is to meet your charming artist and I look forward to hearing more about Máté and his art. (it is good that you have high ceilings!) Thank you for taking all of us with you to the opera and then to the Four Seasons - delightful!

    Bisous,
    Genie

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    1. Like you, Genie, we really feel that where there is a personal connection then, whether a piece of music, a poem, a painting, the 'work' [for want of a better term] does acquire a greater significance and, as a result, one derives even greater enjoyment. And yes, as you suggest, in the discovery of the new, so one learns to discriminate. You make mention of Máté's appreciation of the 'techniques of the masters of previous centuries' which is, we feel, to come to and understand the very essence of his work. The recurring motif of the checked base, where the perspective is often intentionally distorted, is very characteristic of his paintings.

      Oh, Genie, you are so right with what you say here about never buying art to match the sofa. To do so would we feel, if we are permitted to be this harsh,to join the ranks of the Philistines.

      And now you have further reasons to visit Budapest!! Take care and have a wonderful week. xxx

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    2. ...and after linking to his site, I am even more smitten. His use of dimension, mixing the "fanciful fantastic" with realism is compelling. His individual pieces cause you to think and want to know more. His work as a whole is captivating.

      Hugs to all...
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    3. We are so pleased that you made the link and so delighted that you found it of interest. We are, perhaps, a little biased where his work is concerned and, like you, are really smitten!!

      When you come to Budapest, as surely you must, it will be such fun for you to meet Máté - we can have a dinner in celebration of you both!!

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  14. I love unusual art. What an amazing talent he has! And how wonderful that you discovered him and are able to have his art in your home. I love all the connections which your followers have made between his art and other images. Fascinating!

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    1. Máté, we so agree, has enormous talent which is, rightly, being recognized both here in his home country and much, much further afield. It is so very thrilling to read everyone's thoughts and opinions.

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  15. There are some amazingly talented artists in the world!!

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  16. Are you sure he was born in 1985 and is a graduate of The Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest? He looks wayyyy too young to be running his own career.... I have jumpers and blouses older than he is :)

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    1. Loved this, Hels!! Yes, 1985!! Oh dear, so depressing for the rest of us!!

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  17. yes, certain to excite comment from any of the pieces of Orr Máté art

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    1. Which, Linda, in our view is no bad thing!

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  18. What a striking picture. A bit too sinister for my bland palate, but it certainly draws the eye. Has he got a touch of Bacon to him ; an unsettling air which doesn't allow one to look away.

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    1. Not at all sure whether or not Bacon is an influence. Something else to be asked!

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  19. I enjoyed seeing your first purchase and now am happy to know more about the artist, as well as see your recent purchase. He appears to be a most charming fellow.

    When you speak of tension in his paintings, I see that also happing in the composition, as elements relate to the very edge of the canvas.

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    1. Not only is Máté hugely talented, Mark, but he is also excellent company, a great conversationalist, utterly charming and in possession of a very wry sense of humour.

      The point you make here about tension in relation to the edge of the canvas is one which we had not altogether considered ourselves. We see exactly what you mean.

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  20. Yes, what you say about Pelican is just right - the mixture of aggression and vulnerability is interesting, and the contrast of the human naked body with the bird's head is very striking. How wonderful to know the artist well and also be able to buy some of his work. Owning and displaying original art work must be such a joy, and having a relationship with the artist makes it even better!
    What a lovely, lovely time you have! xxx

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    1. Máté's paintings do so often, in our view, contain unresolved paradoxes and 'Pelican' is but one further example. To know an artist does, we agree, always add to the enjoyment and appreciation of his [or her] work and can contribute to further understanding.

      We feel ourselves most privileged to count Máté as a friend.

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  21. Although the subject matter is not for me, I love the light in his pieces and I'm sure it will be a conversation starter...how exciting!

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    1. Each one of us is an individual with his or her own set of values, likes and dislikes and that, in our opinion, is as it should be. Thank you so much for your comment.

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  22. Funnily enough, my first thought was "Matisse" when I looked at the pictures of this post. And then I read what you had written and came across the "Matisse-type paint effects" - so I am not the only one to have seen that.
    A very talented young man, no doubt about that! I also like his choice of clothes for the night at the opera: red trousers and a lobster on his jacket.

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    1. We have often been reminded in Máté's work of Matisse, Meike, principally because we see a similar use of what we are only able to describe as 'flat' areas of colour.

      We too loved the red trousers complemented with the lobster - such style!!

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  23. Oh how I'd love to be a guest at your dinner party and witness the comments that are inspired by your new painting. I can only imagine. Máté appears to be a talented and gifted painter.

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    1. We much enjoy the art [if indeed it may be called that] of interesting conversation. Máté's paintings certainly provoke discussion as well as some argument. Now that, surely, is all to the good.

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  24. What a young, talented artist he is. I looked him up on the Internet and found a blog showing some of his other works.

    I love how you have displayed his work, Scene with Hare. I am sure it sparks much conversation when you entertain. That is what art should do.

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    1. How splendid that you should take the time and trouble to look up Máté on the Internet. All of his work we find of enormous interest - would that we could own many more of his paintings!!

      The 'Scene with Hare' fits wonderfully well into the dining room; a most happy chance for it was not bought with that place in mind.

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  25. This is such a wonderful post. I wish we could see Scene with Hare up close. You discovered a true artist.

    Red

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    1. This is so kind of you to say, Red, and we are truly delighted that you have enjoyed the post.

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  26. Hi Jane & Lance,

    Only a few more weeks and I will be at the airport to meet you :-)! Can't wait!!!

    The two of you always meet such interesting people! What an impressive painting you bought. I have to admit it scared me a bit. Off with his head.....ha, ha....it could have easily been off with something else ;-) It does look like a fine painting though. It reminds me of an exhibit 'magical realism', my middle daughter and I visited a few years ago. It could have easily hung in that museum among Dali and other great painters!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

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    1. Dearest Madelief,

      We cannot contain our excitement and are longing to see you again, the girls and to spend time in the garden, something to which we are especially looking forward.

      Máté is a real treasure and is such a joy to know. 'Magical Realism' would, we feel sure, be exactly his kind of thing and we know he finds Dali a particularly fascinating painter.

      Now, enjoy your week too.

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  27. Darlings Jane and Lance,
    First of all, I have only recently perused the Hattatt archives to feel a dramatic uplift of spirit by the way you live your lives. This very talented and interesting young artist is another example of your great gift for discovering beauty and using it to enrich your lives and now ours-your devoted following.
    I now have a sugarplum vision of one day joining the Hattatts for a night at that gorgeous State Opera House.

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    1. Darling GSL,

      How really sweet of you! Not only to say such kind things but also to have spent time looking at the 'archives'!!

      Máté, along with so many of The Bright Young Things, as we think of them, do so much to enrich our lives not least on account of the intelligence, talent and creativity which they so willingly bring to everything. We should be so much the poorer without them all.

      And now, darling GSL, you must make plans to visit Budapest where not only shall we all occupy our favourite box at The State Opera House but we shall also share with you the many, many sights that dazzle!! We are waiting!!

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  28. I'm learning all about art this year! and I'm always keen to be introduced to new art and artists, my knowledge isn't at all vast (ok, I'm an absolute novice hehe!) but nonetheless I know what interests me, Orr Mate is clearly talented and 'The Pelican' is brilliant, I like that it is vulnerable and aloof x x x and the opera!! I love it! I've only been once and ugly-cried!! I was moved x x x

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    1. How splendid for you to be, as you say, "learning all about art" and we are sure that your experiences will prove to be exciting and, hopefully, lead you in many new directions. That said, most likely for nearly all of us, the process of learning, about art or any other subject of interest to the individual, is probably going to last a lifetime.

      We are delighted that Máté's work appeals to you so much, as it does to us. And we very often cry at the opera!!

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  29. When it comes to art, I always seem to gravitate towards flowers, landscapes or seascapes. The "Pelican" is very thought-provoking and I am sure it's an excellent conversation starter. It strikes me as being both malevolent and vulnerable at the same time. Which is quite a contradiction.

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    1. It is, we feel, so refreshing that we do not all necessarily like the same things and what may appeal to one person may prove unsatisfactory to another. Máté's work, as you rightly suggest, is full of contradictions, most of which prove to be both tantalising as well as thought provoking.

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  30. I am not sure how I feel about the art itself, but I did really like this post about them :-)

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    1. We are so pleased that you have enjoyed the post. Of course not everyone will feel the same way about the paintings themselves.

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  31. 'Baroque-Futurism', marvellous. He appears to be quite a youthful artist and yet already successful.

    I like Scene with Hare and you have placed it the perfect position.

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    1. Such a wonderful description, we agree, Andrew. Yes, Máté is quite exceptional having achieved considerable success at a very early age.

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  32. The opera house looks grand, it seems like you had a wonderful time :)

    The paintings and art are interesting and unique... :)

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    1. We are most fortunate to have the Opera House within walking distance, Launna, and it does have a very impressive interior.

      There is, as you say, a unique quality to Máté's paintings.

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    2. Thank you for your comment... I will definitely need to find some places other than work to wear my new clothes :) Have a lovely rest of the week :)

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    3. A very positive thought!! And we wish you a really happy week.

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  33. Hello Jane and Lance - seems to me, the Scene with Hare was hanging over the sideboard in 2010...or do I mis-remember? Perhaps I've seen it in another photograph...? His work is provocative and I'm always glad to be introduced to new artists. Hope y'all are well; still not spring here but hope soldiers on.

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    1. Dearest Sandra, Was it really as far back as 2010 that you were here with us. Oh dear, the passing of time.

      No, Máté's painting in the dining room has only been with us for a relatively short time, a matter of months, and so you will not have seen it when you were here.

      We are enjoying the most wonderful spring days. Oh dear, again!!

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  34. I love portraits, especially those strikingly lit against a dark background, makes the picture all the more arresting, it's just a shame his bits are in the shade. Did you ask Orr Máté what sort of animal heads he would give to you, if you were to pose for him? I adore his other works too, the cat and man sat at the table and is that a melon wearing a pair of knickers?

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    1. 'Pelican' is a most arresting, as you say, portrait, Mitzi, and we are so sorry if you are a tiny bit disappointed at not being able to see every detail clearly!!!

      All Máté's work, in our view, is both highly original and very thought provoking, often with elements of, at times, a dark humour which adds to the interest and fun.

      So far he has been far too tactful to admit as to what animal heads he would place on us. And do we really want to know?!!!

      We are so pleased that you like some of his other work too.

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  35. Dearest Jane & Lance

    You find the most interesting friends and Orr Mate sounds fascinating and is a very accomplished artist. I can understand why his work is sought after by collectors all over the Globe. I predict, Mete will go far. Some day we will read about "The Orr Mate Museum"
    I am very impressed by such a body of sophisticated masterpieces for one so young. His skill in drawing, understanding of colour, composition and scale has me studying his website. I loved seeing his studio here in your post.
    To know the artist and collect his work makes it all the more meaningful. To have a commissioned piece is just the ultimate for a collector.
    I look forward to one day visiting you in Budapest and getting a docent tour of the Hattatt Collection.
    Our small art collection has been purchased from artists we know, followed and have met. There is a story behind each of our paintings.

    Please extend my best wishes to Mate.

    Helen xx

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    1. Dearest Helen,

      As a professional painter yourself, and one whose work we greatly admire, this comment is most generous of you. And all the more so as we very much respect your judgement.

      Yes, we very much agree with what you say here about his understanding of drawing, colour, etc. etc. He has been well grounded by The Hungarian University of Fine Arts where, or so we believe, a somewhat traditional and academic curriculum has given him a firm basis from which to explore and experiment with his own ideas.

      Nothing would give us greater pleasure, Helen, than to introduce you to Máté, who you will love, and to take you to see not only his work but some of the Contemporary Art which is to be found here. And now that you will shortly have a second home in Ireland, Budapest is but a short flight away. Do, please, come!!

      Like you, we do so agree that collecting work from artists known to one increases the enjoyment one derives from the work enormously.

      Of course we shall pass on your good wishes to Máté. That the two of you should meet is a must. xxx

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  36. What amazing work! For some reason it reminds me of Lucian Freud's paintings...it really captures the imagination.

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    1. We too think that all of Máté's work captures the imagination, as you say here. Perhaps that is one of the qualities of great and lasting art?!!

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  37. I am always happy to see that you guys have posted...and you never disappoint. Ma'tes' is a very talented young artist.Your purchases are even more valuable since you now have a relationship with the artist. They will be fantastic additions to your home and no doubt fuel a lot of conversation.

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    1. This is exceptionally generous of you, Janey. To have a connection with any artist whose work one admires is, we feel, a great privilege and we are proud to count Máté as a friend.

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  38. Fascinating--I look forward to seeing more of his work. You two have the most wonderful taste in art--I still remember your train picture.

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    1. Jen, you are more than kind. One of the joys of living in Budapest is that we are in contact with so many very talented young people of which Máté is no exception.

      We are so pleased that you remember Ádám Hollós's painting; we now have two further pictures!!

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  39. Hello Lance and Jane, thank you for introducting me to this amazing Hungarian artist, Orr Mate. I will remember his work and look out for it. What a dramatic painting you now have on your wall, and what fun to go to the Opera - always a pleasure!

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    1. We are so very delighted, Patricia, that you are taken with Máté's work.

      The State Opera House is, happily, a short walk from where we live and is still, unlike Covent Garden and similar opera houses, very affordable with productions of a very high standard.

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  40. You certainly can find 'em, Jane and Lance. What a charming young man and how talented and imaginative he is! I love the work you have of his, which, as you say, should excite a few comments!
    My son has just discovered Wagner - feel strange to hear it resounding round our little house...your setting looks much more appropriate and how lucky you are to have it within a walk.
    Great Hattat post - I did miss you!
    Axxx

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    1. Actually, Annie, Máté is hugely charming as well as very, very creative - a combination impossible to resist - and we are so pleased that you too like his work.

      How absolutely splendid that your son has discovered Wagner. The music of 'The Flying Dutchman' we simply adore. Encourage him, as we are certain that you do.

      Thank you, as always, for your comment which is very much appreciated. xxx

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  41. Extraordinary art as always. I am hankering (sorry to use such mundane words here) after that flamingo....
    I have catholic tastes in many things...or I am lacking discernment..... I love your style and collection and wish I could have that same focus however today I am mainly making a cushion for a polar bear.......
    Foggy on the coast this morning with foghorns sounding mournful all the way from Brighton...missing you I think!
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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    1. PS I am CRYING with laughter over your 'paper bag in the road' comment - that is THE funniest thing which I have read in a long, long time. Thank you so much - I will be chuckling all day long over that one. You are very witty company.
      Best wishes
      The Mysterious La Cootard!

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    2. The flamingo [and frog] is a wonderful painting. Alas, sold before we could get our own dirty mitts on it!!

      You are most certainly not, Jenny, lacking discernment. We may not know you well, but well enough to believe that nothing is further from the truth. But why are you not employed in fashioning 'cushions for the river'??

      A wonderful spring day here, full of hope and promise. May the mists which surround you speedily clear.

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    3. P.S. We are delighted to amuse!! The Mysterious La Cootard is undoubtedly a woman of substance, or at least of vintage items!

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  42. I don't know very much about art, but I think this artist has certainly got his own style, it would be easy to recognise his work. I think his paintings are really interesting, they make you take a long look at them.

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  43. Hello Jane and Lance.

    I am very glad to have your introduction to the paintings of Orr Mate. Mate is a very fine artist indeed. I can see that he has had wonderful training, but also has imagination and creativity that is completely his own.

    From your photographs, it would seem that he is still a young man, with many years ahead to continue his investigations of imagery, symbolism, wit, techniques, and more. It's grand for him to also have you all as appreciative friends. His paintings look quite at home in your home. I would imagine the artist's pleasure in being able to visit you all and his paintings, too.!

    Best wishes. xo

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      Yes, he is still very young, under thirty [sigh!!], and it will be most interesting to see the ways in which his work develops in the future. Even now he is full of ideas but what is so appealing is that whilst he can, and does, discuss his work in depth he is completely self-effacing and never takes himself too seriously. This we find so very refreshing.

      We think that it is quite unusual, and possibly a little strange, to visit somewhere as an artist and see his or her work on the walls. For us it adds considerably to the enjoyment of the paintings.

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  44. I can see that he is indeed a talented young artist and you should be congratulated on the beginnings of your ‘collection’, Whilst I appreciate the skill of the artist and admire the work, I will be honest and say that I would not want to have it on my own wall. In such a wonderful setting as yours however, it seems to be just right.

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  45. What an enjoyable post, Jane and Lance. I do like the juxtaposition of the artist's boisterous (they seem so to me) paintings against the quiet and classic setting of your home. It all has a bull in the china shop feel to me. Waiting for something to happen. Unsettling but done with great talent and skill. You are to be commended, by the way, for frequenting local talent. How fortunate you are.

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  46. A most talented young artist. Able to put his surreal dreams and thoughts and ideas onto canvas.
    Most definitely your new painting will be a strong topic to talk about , at your dinner parties,with lots of opinions. (no doubt , very interesting ones)
    I cannot say I dislike it or like his work. I am in between. Mysterious
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    kind regards to you Jane and Lance.
    I must say, you meet the most interesting of people.
    happy days
    val

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    1. It is, Val, the surreal quality, which you make mention of, which appeals to us so much in Máté's work.

      That opinions will be divided, as they are here amongst commentators, adds to the interest and it is always refreshing to know that we do not all like the same things.

      We feel ourselves very fortunate to have met, and to have as friends, so very many highly intelligent and talented young people here in Budapest.

      And may you too have happy days!!

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  47. Dear Jane and Lance,
    Thank you very much for introducing us to this artist. His is a very unique style and viewpoint. The little red lobster on his jacket lapel is a highly original touch!
    Cheers,
    Louise

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    1. We were, Louise, absolutely delighted when Máté appeared for the opera wearing the red lobster brooch. We too thought it to be such a very individual touch and a wonderful outward expression of character.

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  48. wonderful creativity and work...

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  49. Orr's work is quite surreal - how lucky you are to have this personal connection to a favorite artist!

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  50. Wow, the Pelican is disturbing and sinister but absolutely compelling. I want to come back as you next time around; what fascinating people are in your orbit.

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  51. I think it is you guys that are the 'Culture Vultures' - more than Hastings Battleaxe! Very interesting surrealist style shown by the young artist in your post.

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  52. Greetings humans, Jane and Lance,

    Once again, you have filled my doggy eyes with such wondrous delights. Orr Máté, a bizarrely wonderful painter. Pawhaps said painter could do a painting of my head with my human's body attached. Pawhaps not!

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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    1. Well now, this is certainly an idea. Penny, the Jack Russell dog, immortalised on canvas would indeed be something!!

      Greetings from a sunny Budapest.

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  53. What an inspiring place!
    The Pelican with the body of a human being is intriguing...
    Thank you for sharing this post.
    I love art.

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  54. Very different Art, however because it's so different I rather like it, he has a good imagination as not everyone could pull that type of art off.

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  55. The first thing I would do with a huge lottery win is buy art so this post is right up my alley! I love the old worldy feel about artists and and inviting them over and commissioning...True glamour. I feel like I have stepped into pre WW! Vienna or something. He is rather glamorous and am sure he will have continued success.

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    1. And what a wonderful way of spending lottery winnings that would be!! To commission a painting is most exciting and we have already had great fun and interest discussing possible ideas with Máté.

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  56. Buying a piece of art when you know the artist and what inspires him makes that purchase very special. I hope it will always give you pleasure.

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  57. How absolutely wonderful! I love hearing how people get their art and the fact that you got to talk with the artist--great!

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  58. So imaginative! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am following you, as well!

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  59. How wonderful to be a noteworthy and appreciated artist at such a young age. I am a fan of whimsy. I need more of it. Thank you for your visit, olive

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  60. Dear friends - Orr Máté is a young genius! Such Surreal works. Congratulations on your latest acquisition. Very powerful and commands attention, for sure. Enjoy!
    Cheers,
    Loi

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  61. A fascinating insight into another world for me Jane and Lance. Thank you so much for inviting me.

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  62. I like the colors. And the way the pelican and the man come together are special as I wouldn't think of a pelican as powerful...but the pelican man seems every bit as powerful as a 'Batman' for example.

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  63. Can't remember if I commented here before, oh God, I hate getting old :-)
    'Baroque-Futurism', such a fitting term. His work seems familiar to me. I am sure this is a wonderful addition to your growing collection. His work is sagacious, timeless. Wonderful.
    Enjoy.
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    1. We think not, Di, but really there is NEVER any obligation to comment and, besides, you may have done and we cannot remember replying before!!!! We are so pleased that you like Máté's work and yes, the collection is slowly but surely growing. What fun is that!! xxx

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  64. You aren't taking it easy, Jane and Lance, though you could so easily do so. You engage with the outer world with bravery, a resolute bravery, for which I can only feel respect. Your drawing room will be ever more the site of momentous occasions with this striking new painting immanent. Its surreality will waken visitors, I'm sure, and provide a stimulus for many unforgettable responses.

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    1. This is more than kind of you, Faisal, but really there is nothing brave about anything we do. We are hugely privileged to be able to engage with so many intelligent, talented and creative people who enrich our lives immeasurably. Would that you could be amongst us for you would fit in so well.

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  65. Dear Jane and Lance – Orr Mate has such a fame and grace at such young age. (I wonder how to pronounce “Orr”.) Though one is secular and the other is sacred, The Pelican with the body of a human being reminded me of “Gobujoh” of the Kofuku-ji Temple. He is one of the eight classes of supernatural beings as a Guardian of Buddhism. He has a head of a wild boar or maybe he wears marvelous headgear in the shape of wild boar.

    In Japanese, the family name is placed first, too. But when we write our name in the Latin alphabet, we customarily reverse the order of the given and family names so that Westerns know which name is the family name. But there is controversy whether we need to do so for Westerner’s convenience or not.

    Hope you’ll enjoy cherry blossom festival in Budapest.

    Yoko

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    1. It is true, Yoko, that Máté [his surname is pronounced as 'Ore'] has achieved considerable success at a very early age but he remains completely unspoilt.

      What you write here about the similarity with The Pelican and 'Gobujoh' is most interesting and is something of which Máté may be unaware. We shall certainly ensure that he sees your comment.

      We had no idea that the family name, or surname, is placed first in Japanese; this is so intriguing. As is the reversal which takes place when written for Westerners. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to say all of this.

      Jó hétvégét.

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  66. Hello Jane and Lance. It struck me the lively conversation that would have to be in the room with 'Scene with Hare.' As it would be with 'Pelican' as the energy can be transformed with the sense of near danger.

    The family name is placed first in Chinese as well, and I imagine in quite a few other cultures. With some practicing the reversal for the convenience of Westerners, names like Wang Ming can get awfully confusing since either can be a surname.

    Looks like such a wonderful evening at the opera!

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    1. This is most likely so, Tiffany Rose, and a point which, until you have mentioned it here, we had not fully considered!

      Yes, we too have on occasion been very unsure where both first and surnames are interchangeable.

      The opera was absolutely wonderful, thank you. The second time we have seen that particular production.

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  67. Dearest Jane,

    Thank you for visiting! I will be back. But for now, I am terribly hurt. I need time to think and just BE. A drop in comments tells me I need to put my energy elsewhere just for now. Your kind words help me to remember that we ALL touch the world out there, and I will never forget the thrill of knowing that maybe something I shared did something special for someone. I will be back, but I wonder, "who really cares?" We all put so much time into our posts, and I think I'm done for now, spending so much of my time composing for people that stop visiting. I know it sounds immature, but I've gone through this scenario in my mind many times, and have continued.

    Thank you kind lady, for taking the the time to comment. THAT MEANS more to me than anything. Much love, Anita

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    1. Dearest Anita,

      We really do understand all that you say here and can readily identify with the sense of frustration and hurt which you are experiencing. And for that we are so very, very sad. That said, we are certain that you have given to so many of your readers very real joy and, in many instances, a restoration of hope and comfort, far more than you can ever know.
      For now, take time out to rethink and reflect but, dearest Anita, please remember that there are those amongst us who will be waiting in the wings and who will be here for you whatever.

      With our love, Jane and Lance, xxx

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  68. Your latest pictures will certainly be talking points around the dining table. Are they my 'cup of tea' - I think I'll take a rain check on that one.

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  69. What can I say but Wow, would love to see this talented young mans work for real. :)

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  70. Oh your reply is a validation. THANK YOU is really not enough, but I extend my heartfelt gratitude to you for understanding, not judging, but really knowing what I feel. That is splendid.

    I will be back! Anita

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  71. Contemplating The Pelican and feeling as though I need more time to ponder before articulating a response. I appreciate very much your own observations:

    'the axe points inwards to create a disturbing tension whilst the stance of the figure itself suggests on the one hand virile masculinity and, on the other, human vulnerability.'

    My congratulations to Orr on a vision well-realized. How very satisfying.

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  72. Dear me. Having traipsed over here from my blog as opposed to the dashboard, I failed to notice the title of the post until just now.

    You both are too clever for your own good, I MEAN THAT!!

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  73. aaah .....a grand hotel in Budapest......what a fabulous painting how lucky to know the artist too!!

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  74. Though I've never heard of Orr Mate, as others have already remarked, his work looks strangely familiar. Thank you for introducing him to us. What truly amazes me is how a man not yet thirty can have found his own style and refined his vision with such assurance and maturity. He is definitely an artist to watch.

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  75. Greetings from Oklahoma :) sorry for being so tardy to comment on this post. Worldly affairs some time prevent from doing the better things in life.
    Mr.Orr Máté is a great talent, his work is so impressive. Does he has a website where he has more of his work displayed?

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    1. It is always good to hear from you and certainly no apologies are called for. We are delighted that you like Máté's work. To see more of his paintings, click on his name where it appears at the very top of this post. Otherwise, 'Google' him!!

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    2. Thanks a lot for introducing such a talent to us ignorants, and for the information. I checked his blog/website, his work is very impressive. I am not as good as he is but this reminds me of some paintings that I did long time back. Your newest acquisition "Pelican" is one of my favorite in Mr.Orr Máté 's work that I have seen.
      Would love to meet him some day and have a chat.
      Best wishes.

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    3. You are anything but ignorant!! However, we are more than pleased that you have found Máté's work to be appealing and we are certain that the two of you would have much in common with many topics of mutual interest. That you might meet some day is surely not beyond all possibilities.We very much hope so.

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  76. What talent! Every painting could be contemplated for hours, such is the depth and ambiguity in them. Just stopped by his website, and must say, it's a labyrinth of creativity.

    Thank you so much for introducing me to this impressive an artist.
    Have a lovely week. xx

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    1. Ho wonderful, Suman, that you have taken both the time and trouble to look at Máté's website. We are so pleased that you like his work and particularly so that you recognize the 'ambiguity' in the paintings.

      And we so hope that your week is a happy one.

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  77. Darlings,

    His work is wonderfully erudite. I love the pears sliced in half. As for the 'pelican', I cannot find words to express the joy of looking at this, and it is rare for me to be so mesmerised by such works.

    And your words and photographs are so interesting... always jam-packed full of rich details and colour. I think, Jane and Lance, that you should start a magazine to rival the likes of Wallpaper, Monocle, TimeOut, etc.

    Fanny xx

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    1. Darling Fanny,
      What joy that you like and admire Máté's work, seemingly as much as we do. His paintings are, or so we believe, endlessly fascinating and very thought provoking.

      You are so kind about our posts, Fanny. But your own are by no means without interest and are, so very often, hilariously funny. Should we not combine in starting a magazine?!!

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    2. Darlings, I definitely think we should start a magazine between us. What would we call it? It would be a riotous mix of art, good living, culture, beauty, decadence and (in my case) wacky adventures.

      Fanny xx

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    3. Let it be a SHOCKING, riotous mix!! What fun it could be although we possibly need a little time to come up with a 'suitable' title. Should we ask Máté, who was with us for lunch today, to consider the position of Art Editor?!! xxx

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  78. He is indeed a talented artist! I think he might just admire the works of Hieronymus Bosch do you think?
    Thank you for your lovely comments today I appreciate your words no end! I've always been a writer of things and it's only recently have I found the courage to put myself out there.

    It's always a red-letter day when I see 'Hattatt' in my in box. :))) xx

    So... 'they, the unmentionable one's' are still hanging in there too, with their over zealous watchfulness. Have you by any chance seen the film,
    'The Others'? I can recommend it.

    Hugs to you both, take care,
    Jane xx

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    1. Not only talented, Jane, but there is, or so we believe, something very convincing about all of Máté's paintings. As it happens we saw him today as he was here for lunch and he does, as you have suggested, admire the work of Hieronymus Bosch. We too detect some similarities.

      Please, no thanks are required at all. We thoroughly enjoy your posts and you must must believe in your own not inconsiderable talents. And you are so very generous about our own efforts. Your kindness is much appreciated.

      No, we have not seen 'The Others' but will certainly look it up.

      Take great care yourself. xxx

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  79. Jane & Lance! Greetings! What a Life You Live! Thank you so much for bringing me along for the ride. Is this truly a a Grand Budapest Hotel? And I love the Edward Hopper-esque photo at the theater. Now I'm following YOU. Aha!

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    1. Greetings to you too, Connie, and thank you so much for becoming our latest Follower. Yes, so much about Máté's work reminds us of Edward Hopper and we do agree that the images of him at the Opera House are rather splendid. Sadly no Grand Hotel Budapest, just our own drawing and dining rooms!!

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  80. I'm delighted at how many interesting, talented people seem to FLOCK to you two. And you're so gracious as to share with us who'd never know such lovely Uniques. And how eclectic are your senses, to enjoy so many unusual and charming things---I'm enchanted by the Flamingo/Frog duo, and with their obvious enchantment with each other. Even with my glasses, it seemed at first that he was tending her manicure---it took a moment to unblur brush from those tiny feet.

    And that wee frog-and-egg---I hope they're the proud parents, and each has a wee-ling in image. My imagination is mostly a blessing, but the curse of the "and what if?" or "Maybe it's?" is often my downfall as I wander off into my own intrigues. We've acquired a whole flock of Flamingoes of our own, grazing on sticks in the far back garden, winking their twinkle lights out beside a bench, minuscule rubber ones standing guard around my coffee-cup when I awake---they're taking on the onslaught of your Dear Mama's flock of chicken-representations.

    And your acquisition of another painting by an artist you so admire and enjoy---what a coup in such a short time. The sheer perfection of the portraits and the thought-out symmetries and angles and design of the pieces---simply marvelous.

    I could not by any stretch be called a worldly woman, but I read a lot, and having five boys of our own, plus awaking to any number of sleeping young fellows scattered about the house almost every weekend for twenty years-- has inured me to any and all glimpses and circumstances, I suppose. The sheer artistry and colour and the raw moment when chest becomes neck of bird---magnificent.


    I SO thank you for your faithful visits to Lawn Tea, and for such kind comments. My stock of stories grows thin, sometimes, and this Westeros Winter seems unending, so my own verve and wit have been equally sparse. I look forward to more Spring in my spirit and many more of your enchanted adventures. Your witty, urbane reportage could make a trip to McDonald's into high theater.

    So glad you're home,

    rachel.

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    1. What an absolutely splendid term, Rachel, 'The Uniques'. This so well describes so many of the young, talented and intelligent people who are a part of our lives and who add such richness and joy and, on occasion, a few worries!

      You have so obviously looked very, very closely, as you would of course, at Máté's work and have spotted for yourself many of the delightful details, the oddities and touches of wit and humour. There are, in all of his paintings, which more often than not capture a moment frozen in time, many, many 'What if...?" type questions which immediately spring to mind.

      As you describe your own flock of flamingos, how thoughtful of you to recall the cockerel collection which, inherited, is at home in the Brighton flat. You are so very kind and considerate, Rachel.

      It is, as you may imagine, fun when possible to collect the work of artists one admires. Sadly the piggy bank is permanently being emptied!! But you are so right in making reference to the structure of the newest painting for it is that which adds considerably to the interest. Yes, the fusing of the neck of the bird with that of the human body is, we believe, totally remarkable.

      'Lawn Tea' never fails but to delight us and you write with such elegance of style that it is always such a pleasure to see that a new post has been published. And it is we who thank you for your loyalty and the real interest which you show in our own comings and goings.

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  81. Good Evening Jane and Lance, Well, this painting stopped me in my tracks.... it is very interesting and very different to anything which I have hanging on my walls. A conversation stimulant..... absolutely.
    I can tell that you are very proud of your young friend and very proud to have his painting hanging on your wall. He is such a talented young artist and how lovely that you have him in your life.
    Best Wishes to you both.
    Daphne

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    1. And now we must wish you a Good Morning, Daphne, for we have been out on the town since the time you were kind enough to leave a comment!!

      We are so pleased that Máté's painting has caught your attention. In our view all of his work is very arresting and likely to stimulate discussion and debate. We admire him hugely as an artist and think so highly of him as a friend. He most certainly adds considerable interest to our lives.

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  82. Talk about a conversation starter in the drawing room. I rather doubt that your guests are ever at a loss as to what to chat about, but should their minds wander into distracted solitary thoughts for a mere nano-second, a mere glimpse of this extraordinary and fabulous painting shall render their speech to be gushing and excited, I am sure.

    (Rather keen on that frog man in the third image too. He has a tale to tell, I would guess?)

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    1. Certainly all of Máté's work does appear to provoke a reaction of some kind or another, which is both interesting and fun, and already we have enjoyed some exceedingly lively discussion.

      The frog and flamingo painting, which we saw in Máté's studio, is remarkable. We were sorely tempted by it had it not already been sold.

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  83. Dear Jane and Lance,

    Orr Máté is certainly an artist of intriguing vision! Your most recent acquisition demonstrates this talent and I'm sure will be a great subject of conversation for many years to come. Thanks for introducing us to this young man and his unique works of art.

    Wishing you a happy Thursday!

    Poppy

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    1. Certainly there is something very convincing about Máté's work, Poppy, and we are more than highly delighted with the latest painting which, the longer we live with it on the wall, the more it suggests to us.

      We send our best wishes to you not only for today but the weekend to come.

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  84. What a treat to visit his studio with you, however briefly. For reasons I'm unsure about I am rarely drawn to paintings containing figures but these are compelling if slightly unsettling. I imagine lively discussions of them with your dinner guests.

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    1. We feel that to be invited to visit the studio of an artist is a real privilege, Annie, and we have much enjoyed sharing a moment or two of our time at Maté's with everyone.

      Portraits, of any kind, are often more challenging and particularly so if the subject is unknown.

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  85. Don't know whether you're in Budapest, or whether these are of any interest to you, but I saw this upcoming (today) sale:

    http://www.invaluable.com/catalog/searchLots.cfm?scp=c&catalogRef=9NP9MVQA52

    May not be your "bag".

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  86. What interesting and talented friends you have. Thank you for introducing us to Mate and his work - it is certainly striking and rather disturbing, but I love it when someone sees the world in a unique way - the pathfinders.

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    1. We do count ourselves to have the most wonderful set of friends, Marianne, many of whom are not only exceedingly talented but very young as well!

      Yes, what is so appealing and interesting about Máté's work is that he does view the world in a most unusual way.

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  87. We always make a point of collecting a painting from each of the countries that we'd lived in. Apart from our aboriginal art work we look rather conventional compared with your latest masterpiece the Pelican, which I love. It would certainly be a talking point and really special to be friends with the artist. I enjoyed reading the story behind your painting, it looks to me like you should carry on round your living room, each would have a story - in fact you could be inspiring a blog for me!
    I loved my visit to your place - next time I'm joining you for Opera and pudding at The Four Seasons!!!
    Wren x

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    1. What a lovely idea, and what a wonderful way in which to remember places where you have made your home. Knowing the artist does, we feel, hugely add to the way in which one views a painting and we are so very fortunate to count Máté as one of our friends. Certainly his work does create a talking point!!

      How lovely it would be if you could join us at the Four Seasons - you would be so welcome. Perhaps one day......!

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  88. Great pictures!!! Love them!

    XOXO!

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    1. Thank you! Great art makes its own fashion statement, we think!

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