Éva Forgách: Introduction (Delphine Gallery, 1991)
One of Hungary’s most important artists, Ilona Keserü is internationally known for her unique, energetic colorism. Orginally, she stuied to paint murals, and was expected to become the first woman to produce great murals in Hungary. However, soon after graduating from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, she began to paint and draw small, spontaneous gesture-images. Then, Keserü seems to have sistematically eliminated rigid academic guidelines from her work, in order to find her own autonomous way of expression. This expression has emerged in the compostions that are large-scale and monumental. When she found an old, heart-shaped tombstone in an old Hungarian village cemetery, she found the motive she had been searching for. Using the heart-shaped, wavy outline of the tombstone, she filled the motive with vivacious colors, bursting with energy. Her pink-and-orange-and-rend-and-yellow paintings radiate warmth, serenity and eroticism.