"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 within him.

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 contemporary.

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 revolution."

by: Melvin Dennis
- Dir. Puchong Gallery NYC

....for more background about Peter.... see   "A Complete Interview"


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