"Peter Gilbert Balazsy has been
exhibited in galleries throughout the greater New
York metropolitan area and is recognized as one
of the most accomplished photographers in the art
of Polaroid, photo-image-transfer.
Nearly a life-long resident of New Jersey; Peter
was born and raised in Central Jersey during that
somewhat nostalgic and innocent period of the
forties and fifties. As a young soldier Peter
served in the Far East in the early sixties, and
in later years traveled around Europe.
Along the way, it seems, Peter has developed an
eye toward gentle beauty as well as a warm,
sensitivity to other cultures and values. For the
last four decades he has made his home here
in the northern New Jersey area enjoying both the
proximity to the metropolitan lifestyle as well
as leisure activities, riding his horses in the
more rural North Jersey watershed area.
In the early 90s, Peter's technical
interests led him to explore photography and
discovered therein a very comfortable outlet
cultivating a rich, creative, artistic element
Peter currently divides his professional life,
working as both a portrait photographer and artist,
as well as heading up a small computer consulting company,
where digital-image-manipulation provides yet another
creative outlet for his artistry.
(Excerpted Review of Exhibit:)
Though formally trained in electronics and
computers, Peter is largely self-taught in the
arts. Despite this, his work demonstrates a life
of careful observation, developing his own
personal twist on vernacular visual conventions
and a sympathetic progress in keeping with
several present artistic trends in photography.
The use of image-transfer photography, with its
painterly effect, has enabled Peter to explore
intriguing, atmospheric visions, formerly
reserved for traditional artists.
Mr. Balazsy re-creates moods in his photographs
that are reminiscent of the early 1900's Art Nouveau movement.
Peter's graceful, elegant,
artfully subdued images convey the feeling of
times past - while also seeming unmistakably
Mr. Balazsy's work is perhaps best described as a
photographic parallel to Painterly
painting. With his unique, artistic-style, Peter
exploits and demonstrates the material and
artistic qualities of his photographic medium:
...color, line, shadow, emulsion texture, paper
texture, and emulsion flaws and gaps which he
responds to with hand coloring.
At least half of Peter's works are female nudes
and portraits. Avoiding the prurient, he creates
luminous, sensual, works, which seduce the
eye with an exquisite, sophisticated carnality,
revealing the grace and variety of the human
form, producing a warm glow.
With the introduction of these wonderfully
tender, and sensuous, works Peter joins the
renewed tradition of nude photography in a
matured eroticism, seeking to entice and charm,
rather than to shock.
The cityscapes and still-lifes share an affinity
with another trend, ...an historicism, a
new pictorialism in which forms and
subjects as well as the look of earlier art are
embraced. Rejecting the harshness and consumerism
of the contemporary art world, his works seem to
seek healing and pleasure from the past. Mr.
Balazsy's awareness of pattern and color add to
the richness and delight in his works.
Traditionally, photography has been regarded as a
medium of representation, and painting one of
color. Across the board, in each of his carefully
crafted works, Peter G. Balazsy has demonstrated
photography as a medium of color, fine carefully
controlled color. His color is largely
photographic color, but being liberated from the
surface of the photographic print by being
transferred to another texture has liberated it
from pure description.
The artist holds to no polemic or manifesto,
...but with the creation of these charming,
soft-colored, works, he has joined a quiet
by: Melvin Dennis
- Dir. Puchong Gallery NYC
....for more background about Peter.... see   "A Complete Interview"
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