George Baloghy is an established New Zealand professional painter, having exhibited regularly in NZ and overseas for over thirty years. His style can be described as realism, although it is a particular kind of realism, hardened and sharpened to be something more dramatic. By heightening colour and contrast he creates a reality not quite like the world that we see, but more ideal, more intense, edgy. 

Urban Landsacpes form the backbone of his output. These are an ongoing historical record of the city evolving around him, usually with the banal narratives of ordinary street life. Occasionally he has forays into rural and coastal scenery as well.  Another parallel stream of work deals with appropriated imagery from other artists, often with humour. Also sometimes themes that are close to Pop Art, Surrealism and Symbolism. These are depicted as alternative realities, with humour and wit, and contain commentaries on how we see. Art Historical references abound. There is generally more to the paintings than meets the eye, depending on your knowledge of Art History and sometimes local events. His city landscapes are effectively history paintings of a moment in time. Many, particularly from the 1980s have become absolute history paintings, as Auckland City tore itself apart and reinvented itself.

His work is included in the curricula of University art history programmes, and he has work in almost all the major public art museums in New Zealand.

George Baloghy has worked professionally as an artist since 1993.

Biography 

1950 Born Budapest, Hungary.
1957 Arrived in New Zealand as a refugee, after the failed  Hungarian uprising against the Soviet Russian occupation. 
1973-6 Attended the University of Auckland School of Fine Arts graduating with Bachelor of Fine Arts.

First Solo Art Exibition at Barry Lett Galleries in Auckland in 1978. Since that time Baloghy has had thirty-two solo art exhibitions in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Sydney and Melbourne. Also numerous group Art Exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas. He has been awarded two scholarships by the Queen Elizabeth Arts Council. Almost every major public Art Museum in New Zealand has Baloghy artwork/s in its collection.

Baloghy divides his time between Auckland City (winter) and Hahei Beach (summer) on the Coromandel Peninsula.

 
 
 
 

Commissions

George Baloghy has painted numerous commissioned art works over the years. This forms a significant portion of his output. Rarely are these works seen in public, as they are painted specifically for clients and are never exhibited. There have been unusual requests such as historical pictures, personalised landscapes. The artist has been able to accommodate these while maintaining his stylistic integrity.

Depending on size and complexity of the painting, commissioned work usually ranges from NZ $3,000 - NZ $18,000, depending on size and complexity. 

Creating a unique artwork requires a discussion process. To start talking directly with Baloghy, please write to him by going to the Contact button on the home page.

Solo Art Exhibitions 

1978 Barry Lett Galleries (Auckland)
1979 Barry Lett Galleries (Auckland)
1980 Barry Lett galleries (Auckland)
1981 Barry Lett galleries (Auckland)
1981 Brooke/Gifford Gallery (Chch)
1982 Denis Cohn Gallery (Auckland)
1982 Hogarth Galleries (Sydney)
1983 Denis Cohn Gallery (Auckland)
1983 Louse Beale Gallery (Wellington)
1984 Denis Cohn Gallery (Auckland)
1984 CSA Gallery ( Christchurch)
1985 Denis Cohn Gallery (Auckland)
1988 Portfolio Gallery (Auckland)
1989 Portfolio Gallery (Auckland)
1990 Louise Beale Gallery(Wellington)
1991 RKS Art (Auckland)
1993 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
1994 Tinakori Gallery (Wellington)
1995 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
1996 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
1997 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
2000 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
2001 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
2003 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
2004 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
2006 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
2007 Janne Land Gallery (Wellington)
2008 Artis Gallery (Auckland)
2010 Artis Gallery (Auckland)

2012 Artis Gallery (Auckland)

2013 Artis Gallery (Auckland)

2015 Artis Gallery

 
 
 

Collections

Baloghy has artwork in almost all the major public collections in NZ, including: Auckland City Art Gallery,  Te Papa Museum (Wellington),    Waikato Museum of Art and History (Hamilton),   Te Puna O Waiwhetu Museum (Christchurch City Gallery). Also in many notable large private collections, including the James Wallace Collection, Warwick Brown Collection, and others.

Awards

1980 Tokoroa Art Award
1982 QE2 Arts Council Studio Grant
1985 QE2 Arts Council Travel Grant

Notable Group Art Exhibitions

Numerous Group Exhibitions, too many to list here, but some notables:
1984 New Image -Aspects of contemp NZ Art, touring exhibition, curated by Auckland City Gallery.
1994 Montserrat Gallery, New York.
2008 Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne.

Bibliography

1984 "New Image" group exhibition catalogue (catalogue booklet).
Art New Zealand (quarterly magazine) Issues Nos. 3, 11, 19, 22, 25, 39, 55, 83.
Contemporary NZ Art (book) by Elva Bett 1986.
"Kaleidescope" (weekly Arts TV programme) screened TV1 5th Sept 1985.
"Metro" (monthly magazine) April 1983, March 1986.
"100 New Zealand Paintings" (book) by Warwick Brown, published by Godwit Publishing 1995.
"Art Today" (book) by Liz Caughey, Saint Publishing 2002.
"Rainbow Over Mt Eden" (book) by Peter Shaw, Godwit Publishing 2002.
"Why Go To The Riviera? Pictures of Wellinton" (book) by Peter Shaw, Godwit Publishing 2003.
Chief Judge Young Thai Artist of the Year Award 2007, 2008 (Bangkok).