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Miklos Legrady paintings
24" x 36" - 60.96cm x 91.44cm, acrylic on canvas

Desperately Seeking Beauty
aerosol art 2016-2018

I'm making art studying beauty, raising aesthetics to the level of an algorithm by reason of Albert Mehrabian's 7%-38%-55% rule for the importance of words, tone of voice, and body language in conversation. I wanted to disrupt the postmodern, return the image to the viewer, and in the visual arts that means reconsidering the nature of vision. In a study of eye candy, I found a depth and logic to visual language, a system bringing beauty back to visual art. When we see a painting rarely is it the subject matter that matters; anyone can paint a ball or a table; it's the artist's personality embedded in the visual language, and how they share their vision, add to our vocabulary.

Since visual language expresses itself differently than intellectual concepts it expands their meaning; the greater one’s visual vocabulary, the more complex idea is expressed. A lot was said concerning visual language but it's obvious images talk, a picture's worth a thousand words... and I'm concerned with what they say. My latest work starts with the simplest element, a circle, with a nod to Sol Lewitt's mathematical progressions, to create an abstract narrative as political as our daily news.

Always been a big fan of originality, creative independence. It's a risk, relying entirely on personal judgment, an exciting place fraud with self-deception. To be pragmatic in the academic-curatorial network one identifies trends, then works within the genre that sells at the moment. Here it's a different story, this art I make for the wonder rather than the market. Beauty and aesthetics are the least popular of themes at a time when conceptual and political art dominate. It takes a moment of resolve to walk to a different rythm, trading popularity for discovery. Among the many definitions of art this one is my favourite; a personal adventure exploring a world never seen before.

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