Sophia Szilagyi

For many years Sophia Szilagyi’s work has traversed land, sky and seascapes, inventing a universe that appears plausible yet is largely make-believe. Through digital printmaking she skillfully merges numerous images to create a distinctive sense of otherworldliness in her work that is entirely unique.

However in a marked shift from her earlier prints, Nostalgia sees the artist turn her serene and penetrative gaze away from the restless seas and churning skies, and look inward, to the private realm of home and the friends and family members who inhabit it. This deeply personal dimension forms the starting point for the works in the exhibition. Yet through Szilagyi’s printmaking process of layering images and merging forms, she achieves a quality of timelessness and universality even with such personally significant subjects.

The original limited edition prints that comprise Nostalgia are created using contemporary digital technology. Yet many of them contain aesthetic qualities more reminiscent of paintings from the canon of western art history, than some of the current photographic sources from which she draws. Three of her four portraits most exemplify this: Yumi, Isabel and Valentine.

In Yumi the girl’s quasi-profile pose and pale translucent skin against the vivid blue of her jacket may call to mind the artist Vermeer. Yet it is flowing tendrils of hair by Renaissance master Botticelli that leave a barely perceptible shadow along Yumi’s brow. While Valentine is cast with Pre-Raphaelite lightness and grace, the lovely Isabel could easily be looking out of a Rembrandt painting. Even the pink pom-poms that dangle from her hat are touched by the warm light of the Dutch Old Master’s paintings.

Szilagyi’s work is unique for her merging of elements from both painting and photography, while also embracing the surprise ‘accidents’ that printmaking is known to engender. With a highly intuitive, process-driven methodology she will often repeatedly photograph an image on screen that she is working on, and then incorporate some new element from that image into the final. Each time the image is translated through the lens of a camera it takes on often unexpected dimensions, and new elements are introduced while others may diminish.

The portrait of Bek reveals visible signs of Szilagyi’s rigorous process. The areas of slight pixilation and scraped linework that could have been made with an engraver’s burin, gives the work a printerly quality that is slightly different to the seamlessly rendered, smooth surfaces in the other portraits, which are more akin to painting. This edgier surface tension is also seen in the glowing white Lily that accompanies Bek, which seems to emanate an almost spiritual light (Lilies have traditionally been associated with hope and faith).

While the portraits make powerful stand-alone pieces, when each figure is paired with floral blooms something truly magical takes place. Poppies, Camellias, Lilies and Dahlias with their variant aesthetic and symbolic qualities, are perfectly attuned to their human counterparts in this series.

Shells, like the other floral pieces in the exhibition refer to a still life tradition that seventeenth century Dutch art made famous. Whereas in Safe spindly foliage from a she-oak emerges from the edges of the image to encircle other leaves and vegetation in its centre, all of which have been derived from the artist’s garden. The resulting image exudes an aura of softness, serenity and protection. One work renders treasures from the deep, the other from the garden, but both prints are reflective of an inside/outside conception of the artist’s private universe.

This body of work takes a bold figurative step in a new direction, yet contains the depth and unsettling beauty for which Szilagyi’s landscape derived work is so well loved. It’s a powerful statement of tenderness and vision.

Marguerite Brown

MA ArtCur

bek

bek

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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camellia

camellia

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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dahlia

dahlia

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

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Year of Print: 2017

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iris

iris

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

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Year of Print: 2017

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isabel

isabel

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

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Year of Print: 2017

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poppies

poppies

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

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Year of Print: 2017

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shells

shells

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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valentine

valentine

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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yumi

yumi

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2017

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safe

safe

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

36 x 45.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2016

$700.00 inc. GST

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safe II

safe II

Digital Print

100 x 113 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

$3,000.00 inc. GST

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safe (grid)

safe (grid)

Digital Print - pigment print on rag paper in grids

180 x 210 cm

Edition length: 3

Year of Print: 2016

$4,400.00 inc. GST

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that fine edge II

that fine edge II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

33 x 49 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$650.00 inc. GST

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warm winds I

warm winds I

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

96 x 96 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

$2,500.00 inc. GST

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warm winds II

warm winds II

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

100 x 103 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

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exposure II

exposure II

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40 x 40 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

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shifting

shifting

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

65 x 55 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$1,200.00 inc. GST

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that fine edge

that fine edge

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

55 x 80.7 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2015

$1,400.00 inc. GST

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held

held

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

40 x 44 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2015

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almost loneliness moonlight

almost loneliness moonlight

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

172.5 x 118 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$3,800.00 inc. GST

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tender

tender

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

61 x 84 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$1,600.00 inc. GST

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within time

within time

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

35 x 37 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2015

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endless II

endless II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

75 x 103.6 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

$3,000.00 inc. GST

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courage variation

courage variation

Digital Print - on archival rag paper

56 x 69.5 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2015

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yellow noise

yellow noise

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

33 x 36 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2015

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long shadows

long shadows

Digital Print

21 x 21 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2014

$450.00 inc. GST

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vision II variation

vision II variation

Digital Print - pigment print on rag paper

More editions available

80 x 83.5 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2014

$1,800.00 inc. GST

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view II

view II

Digital Print - pigment print on rag paper

This is a sold out edition. Last A/P only available at $2,600 framed

90 x 76 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2014

$2,100.00 inc. GST

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no less than skies

no less than skies

Digital Print

Only one edition now left

90 x 134.28 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2010

$3,000.00 inc. GST

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hands 1

hands 1

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

38 x 42 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$840.00 inc. GST

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hands 3

hands 3

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

38 x 42 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

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hands 2

hands 2

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

38 x 42 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$840.00 inc. GST

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sweep II

sweep II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

100 x 146 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$3,000.00 inc. GST

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incoming cloud II

incoming cloud II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

80 x 128 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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light sea II

light sea II

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50 x 50 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$1,100.00 inc. GST

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waiting II

waiting II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

85 x 128.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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night waves I (large)

night waves I (large)

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

80 x 80 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2013

$1,800.00 inc. GST

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evening forest

evening forest

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper, mounted on diabond (archival aluminium)

80 x 298 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2013

$4,500.00 inc. GST

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hand

hand

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

60 x 40 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$990.00 inc. GST

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back

back

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

60 x 40 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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face

face

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

60 x 40 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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calling

calling

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

More editions available

90 x 116.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$3,000.00 inc. GST

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by the light of the moon II

by the light of the moon II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

75 x 100 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

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Night Sky II

Night Sky II

Digital Print

27 x 23 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2014

$450.00 inc. GST

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dark sea II

dark sea II

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

50 x 50 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$1,100.00 inc. GST

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night waves I

night waves I

Digital Print

28.5 x 31 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$600.00 inc. GST

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place

place

Pigment Print - on archival rag paper

39 x 38 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$700.00 inc. GST

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incoming cloud

incoming cloud

Pigment Print - on archival rag paper

50 x 80 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$1,250.00 inc. GST

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sweep

sweep

Pigment Print - on archival rag paper

55.5 x 80 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$1,250.00 inc. GST

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waiting

waiting

Pigment Print - on archival rag paper

50 x 75 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2013

$1,250.00 inc. GST

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evening waves

evening waves

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper, mounted on diabond, archival aluminium 5 panels

120 x 450 cm

Edition length: 3

Year of Print: 2013

$8,700.00 inc. GST

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memory

memory

Digital Print

44 x 61 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2013

$1,250.00 inc. GST

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Grounded

Grounded

Digital Print - pigment print on archival rag paper

68 x 78 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$1,400.00 inc. GST

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Settling

Settling

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

80 x 70.65 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$1,600.00 inc. GST

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Ocean view I

Ocean view I

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

77 x 78 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2012

$1,600.00 inc. GST

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Ocean view I variation

Ocean view I variation

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

34.5 x 34.5 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2012

$650.00 inc. GST

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Ocean view II variation

Ocean view II variation

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

34.5 x 34.5 cm

Edition length: 6

Year of Print: 2012

$650.00 inc. GST

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endless variation

endless variation

Digital Print - digital pigment ink on rag paper

44 x 62 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2011

$1,250.00 inc. GST

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The Shutting of the Eye

The Shutting of the Eye

Digital Print - pigment inkjet print on hahnemuhle photo rag paper

55 x 92.2 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2009

$1,250.00 inc. GST

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a matter of the skies

a matter of the skies

Digital Print - pigment inkjet print on hahnemuhle photo rag paper 310 GSM

135 x 200 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2010

$4,400.00 inc. GST

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all was still

all was still

Digital Print - pigment print on hahnemuhle photorag

34 x 49.5 cm

Edition length: 15

Year of Print: 2007

$700.00 inc. GST

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this was my dream

this was my dream

Pigment Print - pigment print on hahnemuhle photo rag

57.5 x 49 cm

Edition length: 25

Year of Print: 2007

$880.00 inc. GST

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