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Published April 28th 2016
Explore Local Art in Kingaroy
The Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery, in Haly Street Kingaroy, almost in the shadow of the peanut silos, offers monthly exhibitions of local and visiting artists. There are three galleries, where art and crafts are featured.
Recently they held an exhibition of an interesting artist by the name of Jozsef Balogh, who was born in Hungary in 1922, and died in Murgon in 1990. His story is quite remarkable, as he was a prisoner of war and found ways to continue to paint and use his works to obtain food and other items. After he was released in 1950, he continued his art studies until he decided to leave his home country. He travelled around the world, continuing to paint, spending a lot of time between Australia and Europe. From 1966, Jozsef Balogh lived in Australia, spending a lot of time in Queensland.
"In the decades that followed, Balogh painted over 400 portrait commissions of tall poppies from almost every walk of life, including Prime Minister Harold Holt, State Premier Mike Ahern, Cricket Captain Greg Chappell, and racing legend Bart Cummings." from Landscapes of Change.
He painted landscapes, portraits and a good body of work of the people of Cherbourg.
The main exhibition of his work is over, but still some paintings remain in the gallery. More of his story can be found in the publications by Dr Tony Matthews, "Landscapes of Change." The Gallery is in the same building as the Kingaroy Historical Museum and the Visitor Information Centre , with a number of historic buildings nearby.