István Korbely’s art provoke different emotions from the observers and suggest various stories. Despite the fact that he does not have any trace of objective references in his mixed technique paintings, he is very effective in making it undefinable what we actually see.
Intentionally, it opens the way for associations, it forces the viewer to mobilize his own memories and inner experiences. But what does he actually paint, we could ask. It is hard to say because it has hardly any recognizable, actual motifs in his compositions.
Still, most of his works have a common, realistic starting point. These elements / parts of a building / landscapes appear implicitly in these paintings, but they do not intrude on the foreground, just gently hide behind the layers of paint. They are dissolved in what we can obviously recognize as Korbely’s work of art.
He places the memory of space, traces of objects on wood fibre board or canvas. He takes of the outer crust and approaches the essence from the invisible. István Korbely reduces, formulates the world around us with sumptuous pictorial tools. The lightness of stained-glass layers applied onto each other with sensitive bristle strokes is the artistic expression of a real visual item.
His paintings are born as a result of persistent work. The motives have a light effect because the image does not carry the effort put into the creation. Just as seawater polishes the rocks, as smoothly as time transforms the riverbeds, as the grains of sand pass through the hourglass, works of art are created by István Korbely.
He applies all colours of the palette in a subtle way during its creation. The greyish, brownish, reddish images form a very sensitive surface with rich shades. It feels like they have a membrane over them. While he clashes the motives, the surface is homogeneous and tranquil. Close up to each opus, the fine texture of the surface and its thick layers can be discovered. Under the soft veil we can see the essence of objectivity.
The Full Moon, the Silence or the Secrets are testimony to this. Some clever motifs, with different colours and light, disintegrate into nothing, lost in the dense blur of the background, but reviving in the vertical and horizontal harmony. Still, visual contrast is what we can talk about in his case, because neither nature nor object remembers the former.
It is all dissolved in the unmistakable paintings of Korbely. The finely tuned balance of the built environment and inner vision can be seen in Florence's image. Light is the name of the work in which the homeostatic unit of the outer and inner world unfolds.
A mysterious paradox can be found in the picture of Secrets: as if movement or transformation is taking place in the frozen immobility. All reality dissolves, time disintegrates, the outer and inner universe is connected by mystery.
He is bound to the past by his insistence on using wood fibre boards, and the importance to summon the great artists from the past. Pál Gerzson, his former master is an exemplary of transforming visual image experiences into art. Paint something, that is in front of our eyes, but not visible, that can be felt everywhere, but not approachable. This is the real artistic mission.