Rebel with a View
"I did it my way," Frank Sinatra famously crooned. And one cannot help but wonder if Gabor Nagy might be humming those exact words as he creates and captures the innate beauty of each flower brought to life in his paintings. In the late 1960s, Gabor had decided to attend some art classes, but quickly learned that art was not something he could easily focus on in an educational forum. So, Gabor left that way of learning behind in search of learning through experimentation and practice of his own accord. "Art is my life," says Gabor, "Period! I feel it cannot be taught…self-experimentation and a lot of work will bring out the best in the person. It has to be a lot of work. I work every day. There is no exception. Holidays, weekends are the same as the rest of the week, it is a work day for me. The trips I take that some people might consider as a holiday are always related to painting." As with many journeys in life, there are often challenges requiring a tenacity of spirit to overcome – a reality of mixed emotions serving to create the road meant to travel. Born in Hungary in 1945, Gabor moved to Canada with his parents at the age of 12, refugees from the communist regime. "When I look back at my time in Hungary," he explains, "there is not one thing I can remember with good feeling. It was a very depressed situation." However, in retrospect, Gabor describes his journey from Hungary as refugees as being almost
left, Sunny Day, oil on canvas, 48" x 36" above, Tulips, oil on canvas, 36" x 48"