Sam Havadtoy was born in London in 1952 and raised in Hungary. From there he moved to New York, worked as an interior designer and began painting. Among others, he designed homes for John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and became their friend. The first stage of Havadtoy’s work consists of writing an autobiographical text, which he reduces and condenses and then copies onto canvas. He covers it all with a coat of paint, and at times glues onto it a layer of lace, also painted. The exhibition presents portraits the artist made inspired by paintings by Alexej von Jawlensky in the collection of the museum. In some of the paintings, the figure’s outlines are very clear, whereas in others, Jawlensky’s paintings take on a new interpretation by Havadtoy, almost devoid of figurative aspect. The process of work, combining painting and erasing and concealing the image, leads Havadtoy’s work towards minimalist, almost abstract painting that seeks to reach a sublime spiritual experience through its intensity.
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