Rebel with a View

Arabella - - FRONT PAGE - Writ­ten by De­bra Usher

"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"

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