Opening speech at the exhibition at Fény Gallery 20th March 1997 by Miklós Tóth-Máté

“In the pictorial environment of any joint exhibition, one can point to a painting from Égerházi from a distance, the specially constructed forms and colors, without offering itself loudly and gloomily.

Imre Égerházi’s individuality lacks the self-presentation that wants to stand out. His images can be related to a good short story. Concise, tight, does not tolerate side-talk, he is limited to the point, yet he amazes and is thought-provoking.

Imre Égerházi’s pictorial short story – to stay with this analogy – covers a wide range of topics. From the great composition of the miracle deer to the Hajdús, with a special emphasis on Csokonai, Kodály, to the poor people of today, the repertoire is very wide. It is good to see Imre Égerházi’s flower stills. These are subtly toned yet captivating compositions and this winter-masked-spring can be warmed by the beauty that flows from them. Égerházi approaches the landscape with love. Highlighting the essence, he suggests the atmosphere of Székelyföld, the small villages embraced by the mountains, the world of Áron Tamási, József Nyírő, Károly Kós.

If I talk about Imre Égerházi the painter, I cannot leave out Imre Égerházi the “spirit rector” of the Hortobágy Creative Camp. As a community builder, what I know is at least as important as his art. It is a rare gift of fate for someone to sacrifice strength and faith in this fist-shaking, tongue-sticking age for arts to rally colleagues every year and let something beautiful born in the plains.”

Miklós Tóth-Máté,
Opening speech at the exhibition at Fény Gallery 20th March 1997