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Lived/Active: New York / Hungary      Known for: figure, still life, cityscape, woodcut

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from at the suggestion of the son of the artist, J. Tar.

Artist Biography

Born in 1922 in the county of Szabolc, Hungary, Laszlo Tar began to draw and paint his world at the early age of five. He was formally educated at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts (1943-1948) under master Szonyi Istvan. In 1946, his studies carried him to Bologna, Italy where he became an apprentice of master Giorgio Morandi for one year. From 1953 to 1956 he worked with master Szonyiin the master's studio. He gave his first one-man show in 1955, in Budapest, and his success afforded him the opportunity to make a good living selling his work to collectors, publishers and the local government.

In 1956, he escaped from Hungary to Austria during the Hungarian revolt against communism. He immigrated to the United States with his family, settling finally in New York City in 1957. He continued his work with Raphael Soyer, at The New School. Throughout the next four decades, he passionately focused on his painting, drawing and woodcuts, while working for periods in the New York textile industry. In the late 1970's he was a member of New York's Art Student League and took part in numerous Washington Square Park outdoor exhibits as well as shows on Long Island.

In 1977 (and in 1995) he traveled to England, France, Italy and Holland on major personal arts work projects. In 1989, he participated in a large four person show, in Budapest, Hungary. During 1991, he held numerous successful one person shows throughout Hungary, sponsored by noted dignitaries. In 1995, TIS Publishing was founded by his son to further promote his fine art through the development of limited edition prints and numerous Internet Art Gallery sites. In 1997 and 1998, Tar's work was formally introduced to the limited editions print market at ArtExpo, New York. Today his work is regularly licensed for use in professional world-wide publications and has been used by General Electric Corporation, Simon & Schuster / Prentice Hall and Pearson Education.

His watercolor paintings and drawings are part of the permanent collections of the Budapest Museum of Fine Art and the Municipal Museum in Rome. Tar's artwork is collected, admired and sought after throughout the world.

Laszlo Tar continues his work in New York City with more vigor and passion than ever!

He has experimented with a wide variety of techniques and media not as a dilettante, but with a burning desire to employ in his art the widest possible range of expression. Invariably, whether in his paintings or his graphic work, he always pursues the same ideals. Tar's work is significantly influenced by life in America, where he has lived for more than forty years. Yet his style is distinctly European, resulting in a rich palette combination that is fresh, very painterly and genuinely his own. Tar does not aim to capture detailed realism in the basic sense, and indeed he goes beyond the sensibilities of typical impressionism. His scenes are always recognizable, but there is ample room for the viewer's mind to explore and learn -- so that he or she too become part of the original inspiring moment.

Artist Statement:

"My most compelling desire is to make my intentions clear; to express my innermost beliefs and feelings and to expose the subjective part of me. It is a marriage of eye and decision." -- Laszlo Tar

Laszlo Tar

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This page attempts to reveal the artist's work time line, showing what was done when and where. It is subject to correction, refinement and additions as needed. As you travel in time, click on marked "Major Arts Projects" to view a selection of the work produced. For a more complete gallery experience, visit the Main Gallery section.

1922 Born in the county of Szabolcs, Hungary.
1927 First creations. The artist is revealed!
1937 - 40 Competes and wins numerous scholastic art competitions.
1943 - 48 Studies at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, Hungary.
A pupil of Hungarian master Szonyi Istvan.
1946 Works 1 year with Italian master Giorgio Morandi at the Academy of Bologna, Italy, then studies at the Academy of Rome.
1946 Watercolors added to the permanent collection at the Municipal Museum in Rome, Italy.
1947 Watercolors & India ink drawings added to permanent collection at the Budapest Museum of Fine Art, Hungary.
1953 - 56 Works in Master Szonyi's studio.
1946 - 55 Major Arts Project: Early Works
1955 Exhibit: One-man show, Budapest, Hungary.
1956 Escapes with family from Hungary to Austria, during the Hungarian revolt against communism. Arrives in the United States and is sponsored by Presbyterian Church of New Jersey.
1957 - 63 Moves to New York City - Works in New York Textile Industry.
Studies 1 year with Raphael Soyer at The New School, New York.
1957 - 64 Major Arts Project: Works of People
1960 - 64 Major Arts Project: Works in Oil
1963 - 70 Major Arts Project: Watercolors of New York City
1970 - 73 Exhibit - "Washington Square Outdoor Art Show", New York
1970 - 88 Major Arts Project: Drawings & Woodcuts of New York City Life
1974 - 77 Major Arts Project: Oil Pastels of New York City Life
1971 - 77 Member Art Student League, New York
1977 - 78 Major Arts Project: Watercolors of England, France, Italy, Holland
1970 - Pres. Major Arts Project: Watercolors of Flowers
1989 - 90 Exhibit - "Hungarian Painters from the United States" - Budapest Galeria, Hungary
1991 Exhibit - "Vision of a Master" - sponsor Magyar Radio - Dr. Bozsony Ferenc - Zebegeny, Hungary
1991 Exhibit - "Laszlo Tar - Woodcuts" - sponsor - Dr. Banszki Istvan - Nyiregyhazi Varosi Galeria, Hungary
1989 - 98 Major Arts Project: Watercolors of Long Island
1994 Hungarian Short Novel written that includes commentaries and examples of the art and life of Laszlo Tar - "En Meg Lattam a Kikotot" - Eigel Istvan - Magyar Irokamara, 1994
1995 Major Arts Project: Watercolors of Venice, Italy
1995 Internet Web Gallery Opens, featured at "Art On the Net"
1996 TIS Publishing produces first Limited Edition prints of Watercolors
1996 - 97 Art Licensing engagements with General Electric Corp., Simon & Schuster / Prentice Hall .. "The School Girl", "Sitting Here"
1997, 98 Exhibit - "ArtExpo" - New York
TIS Publishing releases - "The School Girl", limited edition print
1999 Art Licensing - Prentice Hall - "Literature & Society" .. "Our Street"
TIS Publishing releases - New Limited Edition Prints:
"Our Street", "Lovers Row", "City Blossoms", "Paris"
2000 Exhibit - Consulate of the Republic of Hungary, New York
Presented by Koncz Gallery
Sponsored by Malev - Hungarian Airlines
2000 TIS Publishing releases - New Limited Edition Prints:
"Our Spot", "The Ferry"
2001 Exhibit - Huntington Arts Council, New York
Art-trium - Art in the Atrium
Original works...
2002 Art Licensing - Music CD Cover - "Amber" - Dave Ellis & Boo Howard - Doghouse Records, London -
"Rejection" - woodcut print
TIS Publishing releases - New Giclee Limited Edition Prints:
"San Marco", "The Grazing Place", "Judica", "Lilacs & Iris",
"Le Pont", "Canale Gande", "Gondola Traghetti",
"Waiting for the Catch", "A Walk with Mom", "Harbor Sunrise",
"Almost Up", "Dalzell Tugs"

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