“Solving the secret of being
The meaning of life is the following:
(the rest is missing)”
Jessie although born in Toronto, began her studies in painting, life drawing and applied graphics in Hungary, with a wealth of art and history. She also received traditional training in photography and graphic art techniques. Jessie was mentored by renowned Hungarian artist Endre Szasz. She got her bachelor degree of architect designer artist at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. She returned to Canada after obtaining her degree and was mentored by Russell Hollingsworth. Her work is influenced by her memories in Europe and west coast organic architecture. She took several road trips across the US to soak up ideas. Her influences range from Jay Defeo to Riopelle. Artists she admires include Egon Schiele, Picasso,…
She currently lives and creates in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jessie’s artworks are characterized by juxtaposition of expressionistic strokes and figurative elements. She elaborates her topics with momentum and rich surfaces using a mix of traditional techniques and more unconventional painting methods. The creative process starts by applying textures using cold wax, crackling medium and paper mixed up with glue. The entire procedure is often unpredictable. Multiple layers applied with different technique for the sake of contrast or transparency. Rich textures result the process left to chance where surface defines shadows and highlights. Rectangular textures connect abstract with realism in an expressionistic way.
Jessie’s work is displayed in several private collections, as well as in group and private exhibitions.
MOME/ Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary – Architecture, Interior and Furniture Design
Secondary School of Arts, Pécs, Hungary – Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography
2017-18 Texturized, Tuc, Gastown, Vancouver
2017 Texturized, Coquitlam
2014 Solo Exhibition – Plaisir Sucre, Vancouver
2018 Paintings by Enikő – Gabor Gasztonyi Studio New Westminster
2015 Art Around Us – The Art Institute of Vancouver
2014 Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver
2014 Learning to Crawl – The Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver
2014 Hungarian Artists in our Midst – Hungarian Hall, Vancouver
2014 Kitsilano Community Centre, Vancouver
2005 MOME – Ponton Gallery, Budapest
2003 ART EXPO, Art Mill, Szentendre
2002 House of Civic Communities, Pecs