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World Fine Art Professionals and their Key-Pieces, 243 - Beaty Czetö

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World Fine Art Professionals and their Key-Pieces, 243 – Beaty Czetö
Beaty Czetö’s studio is located at the Landstraat in Vlaardingen. Her studio is part of her house. There are various studio homes in this street. Across the street there are work spaces / studios, also for artists.
The municipality of Vlaardingen was apparently particularly art minded. In the center I already saw various statues and brightly colored stairs near the Liesveld Viaduct.

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The front room is completely filled with Beaty’s artworks. We will take a closer look at them later. In the spacious living room – artworks and photos mostly in black and white on the wall, a statue of a saint folding his hands in the corner and a large purple sofa – she tells more about her work and her life.

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“In 1980 I came to the Netherlands from Hungary. I was born in a city near the Russian border. After high school I went to Budapest to study economics, I had to do something ‘serious’. I found the economics study boring, but I was good at languages, so I worked as a guide and interpreter alongside my studies. ”
Her friends were not at all into economics. She interacted with actors, poets and writers. At a certain point she met a Dutchman with whom she had a relationship. Then the idea of leaving Hungary took concrete forms. She wanted to do things that were not possible in Hungary at the time.


She wanted to become a visual artist. After settling in Vlaardingen, she went on to study at the Free Academy in The Hague, which at that time was called ‘Psychopolis’. The free thoughts and the psyche were fully discussed at that academy. George Lampe had just left as director and was succeeded by Frans Zwartjes, Rudi Rooijackers and Bob Bonies. She started in the building in De Gheynstraat, the walls and rooms of which were completely painted by the students, and then she went to the new building on Paviljoensgracht.
In 1989 she had finished her studies and started working in her first studio in Vlaardingen, above the old library. She has been working in her current, third, studio for three years. “I live in the midst of other visual artists and musicians. That is great.”

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The human on the move
The theme of her work is people in motion. “I love modern dance. We are people on the move. Those shapes are in my head. It’s about change, sometimes struggle, sometimes embrace. When I start with a shape, I often don’t know what it will turn out to be, but it always turns out to be something human, sometimes with an animal bias. Animals can become people and people can become animals. I stop painting when the movement is still in it. The viewer can let go of his/her imagination and give it their own interpretation. I am for openness of mind and that is reflected in my work. “

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Soft Tank
Does she have a key work, an important work that has given a twist to her oeuvre? She has. It is titled ‘Soft Tank’, a painting of a tank in black and white in a downy atmosphere. “I made it at the commemoration of 50 years of the Hungarian Revolution, in 2006, based on a photo of a notorious Russian tank. I made the tank soft like a teddy bear. Forgiven, but not forgotten.”

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She did not experience Hungary 1956 herself. “I was born in 1958. It was a strange period in the fifties and sixties. You were not allowed to talk about it, not at school, not even with your parents. Hidden history.” Incidentally, it is one of the few works that relates to politics. “In general, I work emotionally. When I’m working on something, that’s the most important thing. For example, I have been working with Sumo wrestlers from Japan. My fascination was especially with the rituals, more exciting than the fight of a few seconds. The Butoh dance is completely different, but it is also about rituals, very fascinating. ”

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For a number of years she has been fascinated by electrography. It is a collective name for techniques that use the effect of light on a sensitive material.
“I was invited to participate in an exhibition of the Hungarian Electrographic Art Association. You make the work on the computer, with photoshop and other digital techniques. You see a huge number of variations in no time.” She shows me a catalog. The variety in the works is indeed large.
She participates in exhibitions that travel to various countries, including Egypt, France, Switzerland and Italy. “Sometimes a theme is chosen and you work on it. Sometimes you choose your own theme and you get started. Recently I made a work with a Hungarian poet and his lover on it.
A few years ago she founded a photo club, the Shooters. “We started photographing in special, preferably desolate, places, such as in the former tannery in Oisterwijk, where we walked around amidst toxic yellow / green / red puddles. The paint was peeling off the walls. Very inspiring. ”


Beaty is very active in the local art life. “I have been on the Cultural Council and other committees, I have organized exchange projects for Hungarian and Dutch artists, thanks to the support of municipalities and embassies. It is a bit different now, but I hope that these times revive, because I still want to organize such projects. “

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We finally take a look at her work in the studio. I see a series of paintings of bodies in motion in black and white and in earth colors. She makes them with charcoal and acrylic paint, her favorite materials. Her electrographic works are on the floor. A series about Identity. Another about Europe and the Taurus with the EU stars in it. Another about women and, in the context of the Rembrandt year 2019, Saskia (Rembrandt’s wife) with a hat and a piece of jewelry. And also a portrait of Rembrandt and Titus in Delft blue.
1) Europe and the bull 3, 2) Just me 2, 3) Reflections 3, 4) Drawing conclusions 1, 5) Reflections 4, 6) Franz Liszt-Danse Macabre, 7) portrait, 8) Dutch Blues 1, 9) Drawing conclusions 3, 10) Dutch Blues 2

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