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Paul Margocsy 2018 - Jenny Pihan Fine Art

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Feathered Flights of Fancy
Paul Margocsy 2018 Solo Exhibition, Jenny Pihan Fine Art, Malvern Artist Society Galleries, Wildlife Art and Exhibitions, Australian Wildlife Art
'By the rivers of Babylon', Australian White Faced Herons (glass) by Paul Margocsy. Pic supplied by Paul Margocsy and Jenny Pihan Fine Art.


Paul Margocsy is a celebrated wildlife artist, having had solo exhibitions in his home-town of Melbourne, across Australia and as far-away as New York. He has published two illustrative coffee-table books and was invited to create a bird-life series for Australia Post in 1991. Recently, he delighted Melbourne art and bird lovers with his solo exhibition at Malvern Artist Society Galleries.

Paul Margocsy 2018 Solo Exhibition, Jenny Pihan Fine Art, Malvern Artist Society Galleries, Wildlife Art and Exhibitions, Australian Wildlife Art
'Life is like a box of chocolates', Australian Galah (canvas) by Paul Margocsy. Pic supplied by Paul Margocsy and Jenny Pihan Fine Art.
There were over 40 pieces on show, which offered size, price, content, frame-options, as well as technical and stylistic variety. The lowest price point was $890 for Australian Diamond Firetail Finches, and the highest tag of $7,900 would earn the coveted Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoos which measured 92 x 122cm.

At Opening Night in early March, art and wildlife lovers commented on Paul's 'photographic realism', design composition and ability to capture the bird's personality and social life. Enthusiasts lined-up to purchase his latest book, 'Away with the Birds' ($65) knowing the true value of Paul's work as a premier Australian artist. To have any sample of his work and record of his creativity is a treasured and emotive investment.

Paul paints not by watching 'the Bluebird tapping on the window', but from the pictures or visions formed in his own mind. He intuits his own visual direction, birds appearing on canvas with genuine photographic realism. The blueprint is locked in his own 'bird brain' and his photographic memory freezes the bird. This allows him to study a bird subjectively: his paintings document the relationship that he has with his feathered friends.

Paul Margocsy's birds are real characters. Posing and poised in his mind's eye, he sensitively evokes their emotion and behaviour as individuals, families and even flocks. With each brush stroke, Paul brings their stories to life. I was entranced by Int. Mallard Ducks (51 x 62cm at $2,550) as they skimmed across the glassy lake, turning the otherwise still, reflective water into poetic motion. Paul's Australian Black Swan portrait (56 x 72cm at $2,950) and Australian Galah (51 x 76cm at $2,950) portraits have majesty, yet intimacy.

Paul Margocsy 2018 Solo Exhibition, Jenny Pihan Fine Art, Malvern Artist Society Galleries, Wildlife Art and Exhibitions, Australian Wildlife Art
'Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil,' Australian Boobook Owlets (glass) by Paul Margocsy. Pic supplied by Paul Margocsy and Jenny Pihan Fine Art.


For urban Australians, connection to wildlife and the environment can be evasive which makes it all the more important to find ways to bring nature into our own worlds. The Paul Margocsy Solo Exhibition, which used every available space of Malvern Artist Society Galleries, transported us out of our urban reality and connected us to eternal Earth cycles. To be able to look at of these beauties in your living room, would no doubt affirm a connection with nature. Paul Margocsy's bird-life studies are brimming with respect, and wonderment for nature and wildlife.

Paul Margocsy 2018 Solo Exhibition, Jenny Pihan Fine Art, Malvern Artist Society Galleries, Wildlife Art and Exhibitions, Australian Wildlife Art
'My coat of many colours', Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (canvas) by Paul Margocsy. Pic supplied by Paul Margocsy and Jenny Pihan Fine Art.
Paul Margocsy's Solo Exhibition presented new angles and perspectives. He puts himself into the work, turning a character into a caricatures. Australian Boobook Owlets (29 x 41cm at $1,750) captures a universal 'baby' character that is full of mischief and play. Paul's ability to capture this universal essence is striking and fun. There is inspirational story-telling behind these 'cartoon-like sequences'.

Compare and contrast this 'stamp-style' to Paul's augmented Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Australian White Faced Herons, Australian Great Egrets and Australian Galah, all of which are bold, emotive and larger-than-life. The Australian Coloured Sulphur Crested Cockatoo was almost 'surreal' to our 3-primary-colour trained eyes, but gave us a bird's eye view of this feathered icon's florescent world. Always, Paul promotes the uniqueness of Australian bird-life, enriching the infinite nature of the Australian landscape of which we should be proud. Paul's work, captivating and masterful, makes an important statement about the eternity and beauty of Australian fauna.

Paul Margocsy 2018 Solo Exhibition, Jenny Pihan Fine Art, Malvern Artist Society Galleries, Wildlife Art and Exhibitions, Australian Wildlife Art
'Lift off, we have lift off', Int. Mallard Ducks (canvas) by Paul Margocsy. Pic supplied by Paul Margocsy and Jenny Pihan Fine Art.


Paul Margocsy Solo Show exhibited a number of notable techniques for which he is loved. 'Stamp-style' where he paints outside the borders, was first developed through his water bird series commissioned by Australia Post. Fusing fine-art flair with graphic-art modernity, he draws you into the painting and teases that the mind is not compelled to stay within its borders. Another of Margocsy's 'style-stamps' is in the way he paints the subject matter first and then fills in the background. It creates a 'lift-off' effect, or a 'depth-of-field' that is notably achieved when a photographer plays around with aperture to mute the background and make artwork 3D. This is what gives Paul's work its 'photographic' illusion and his delicate watercolours, an oil-rich depth.

Paul Margocsy 2018 Solo Exhibition, Jenny Pihan Fine Art, Malvern Artist Society Galleries, Wildlife Art and Exhibitions, Australian Wildlife Art
'I see a red swan and I want to paint it black', Australian Black Swan (canvas) by Paul Margocsy. Pic supplied by Paul Margocsy and Jenny Pihan Fine Art.
Jenny Pihan Fine Art and Malvern Artist Society Galleries were supreme hosts. They presented Paul's work and spoke of him with professional respect and classy friendliness. Opening Night refreshments were well-chosen gourmet-selections and society volunteers not only supported the artist and gallery, but represented a community of supportive artists and art lovers in an understated and genuine way. Jenny Pihan has a warm grace and her Malvern gallery is inclusive. I would recommend future Opening Nights with Jenny Pihan Fine Art as she leads a team who have expert knowledge, exquisite taste and a clear mandate to promote contemporary Australian Art. For inquiries about Paul Margocsy Solo Exhibition work and future exhibitions at this artists' space, contact Jenny Pihan Fine Art.
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When: 6-7pm
Phone: 0417368807
Where: Malvern Artist Society Galleries, 1297-1299 High Street Malvern
Cost: Free exhibitions
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