keserű Károly Keserü


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About the works

Károly Keserü was born in Budapest, and he emigrated to Australia in 1987. He attended his fine arts studies there, at the Swinburne University Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Art, and after winning the Samstag award in 2000, he acquired his master’s degree on the Saint Martins College of Arts in London. In his oeuvre the traits the geometric abstract art, Dadaism and John Cage’s influence can be found. Using the simplest visual elements, his works are dominated by the interactions of line webs and dots. The roots of these repetitive works lie in folk art and music. His works are present in numerous collections throughout Australia, the USA and Europe, and he is regularly exhibited at international art fairs.



1962, Budapest (H)



2002–2004    Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London (GB)

2000–2001    Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (Fine Art – Master of Arts), London                      (GB)

1997–1999    Victorian College of the Arts (Fine Art – Bachelor of Arts), Melbourne (AUS)

1995–1996    Swinburne University (Fine Art in Visual Arts), Melbourne (AUS)


Solo Exhibitions

Round and round, MODEM, Debrecen (H)

Ring – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

Thirtynine – Új Kriterion Gallery, Mircurea-Ciuc (RO)

papers – Várfok Project Room, Budapest (H)

keserüsó (XX Century in Fragments) – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

bitter – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (GB)

mus(e)ic (with Tamás Jovanovics) – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

Stork – Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart (D)

Noha – B55 Contemporary Gallery, Budapest (H)

CON-TEXT-WORX – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (GB)

Two Artists from London (with Tamás Jovánovics) – B55 Contemporary Gallery, Budapest        (H)

                Magnificent Coincidence (with Tamás Jovánovics) – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (UK)

Tiger – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (GB)

Microcosm (Three exhibition during the same time) – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art,               London; (GB); Hungarian Cultural Centre, Covent Garden (GB); European Commission, 12     Star Gallery, London (GB)

Exploring the Grid (with Isabel Albrecht) – Patrick Heide Art Projects, London (GB)

Folkmodern II – John Buckley Fine Art, Melbourne (AUS)

Folkmodern – George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne (AUS)

Small Fry – Mű-Terem Gallery, Debrecen (H)

Paintings – Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne (AUS)

Made (with Martin Gill) – Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne (AUS)


Selected Group Exhibitions

Art Market Budapest (H)

Family Trees – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

Bauhaus 100 – OSAS, Vasarely Múzeum, Budapest (H)

Art Karlsruhe – Várfok Galéria (D)

III. National Aquarell Triennale – Eger (H)

                Black – Várfok Galéria, Budapest (H)

Paint it Black – Ungarisches Kulturinstitut Suttgart (D)

Amygdala – Frightening Selection – Miskolc Graphic Triennal – Rákóczi House (H)

                Receptors: A multi-sensory intervention by Hilda Kozári in the Antal – Lusztig Collection              – MODEM, Debrecen (H)

                Autism as a métaphore – Kortárs Művészeti Intézet (KMI), Dunaújváros (H)

                Autism as a métaphore – Szent István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár (H)

                Walk the Distance and Slow Down – Selection from JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey’s collection –           BMoCa, Boulder, CO (USA)

                Word Dance – Selection from JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey’s collection – Denver Art Museum,            Denver (USA)

Paperclip – Museum of Modern Art (MODEM), Debrecen (H)

                Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (MEX)

                Die Kunst ist Zurück – Hamburger Kunsthalle. Hamburg (D)

                Re-Planning (Selection from the Antal-Lusztig Collection) – Museum of Modern Art       (MODEM), Debrecen (H)

Volta12 Basel, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (NL)

Biennale of the Kunstverein Essling, Essling (A)

                Art Bodensee, Galerie Michael Sturm, Dornbirn (A)

                TEFAF Maastricht, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Maastricht (NL)

Art Karlsruhe Art Fair, Várfok Gallery (D)

2015    Várfok 25th Anniversary Exhibition – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

                Paperwork – Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin (D)

Art Market Budapest with Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

artBO, International Art Fair of Bogotá, Galerie Michael Sturm, Bogotá (C)

                Amsterdam Drawing – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (NL)

Art Bodensee – Galerie Michael Sturm, Dornbirn (A)

                Interpretations of Ornament in Fine Arts Today 1990 – 2015 – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

                Volta11 Basel – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art (CH)

                Here and Now – Fine Arts. National salon 2015 Műcsarnok, Budapest (H)

                Hungary – the next generation, Artmark Galerie, Vienna (A

                Drawing Now Paris – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Paris (F)

                Grids #2 – Galerie van den Berge, Goes (NL)

                Oeuvres – Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)

                Art Karlsruhe Art Fair with Várfok Gallery, Karlsruhe (D)

Angles – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

Space as Space – Vasarely Museum, Budapest (H)

Volta10 Basel – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Basel (CH)

YIA Young Internatinal Art Fair – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Paris (F)

                Freehand – Museum of Modern Art (MODEM), Debrecen (H)

                Drawing Now Paris – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art (F)

Walking the Line V – Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne (D)

Art Market Budapest with Várfok Gallery (H)

Amsterdam Drawing – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (NL)

Paris Slick Art Fair – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Paris (F)

Volta9 Basel, Switzerland – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Basel (CH)

                Neue Stille #1 – Galerie Vous êtes ici, Amsterdam (NL)

                Pulse New York – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, New York (USA)

Drawing Now Paris – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Paris (F)

Art13 London – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (GB)

                Conversation (selected from Antal-Lusztig Collection) – Kepes Institute, Eger (H)

2012     Concrete – Abstract – Color Painting – Street Art, B55 Contemporary Gallery, Budapest (H)

text(ure) – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (GB)

                Walking the line IV – Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne (D)

Volta8 Basel, Switzerland – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Basel (CH)

Art Paris Art Fair – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Paris (F)

Anschlüssel London/Berlin – Centre for Recent Drawing, London (GB)

Anschlüssel Berlin/London – Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin (D)

                Summer Show – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (D)

                Back and Forth – 8 artists from London, B55 Contemporary Gallery, Budapest (H)

                FutureShock OneTwo – dr.julius I ap., Berlin (D)

2011     (2011-2014Remix (selected from the collection of International Collage Center),
Lewisburg PA, Sedalia MO, Katonah NY, Knoxville TN, Lewiston ME (USA)

Summer Group Show – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (GB)

Entre chien et loup – Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris (F)

2010     Drawing Attention, Pablo’s birthday, New York (USA)

Drawing Group Show – Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart (D)

2009     Stand in Line – Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (GB)

2008     Microwave, six – Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York (USA)

2007     Straight forward, Pablo’s birthday, New York (USA)

Obsession durch Technik – artMbassy, Berlin (D)

Galerie van den Berge (with Mirjam Hagoort, Jus Juchtmans) Westwal (NL)

Art Amsterdam with Patrick Heide Art Projects (I)

ARTEFIERA Bologna with Patrick Heide Art Projects (I)

2006     Artforum, Berlin (D) Foster Art, London (GB)

Acope New York (2005 – 2006) (USA)

2005     Mostyn 2005 – Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales (GB)

eliste, Berlin (D)

Bologna Flesh Art Show, Bologna (I)

The London Art Fair – Business Design Centre, London (GB)

2004     scope London (2004 – 2005) London (GB)

Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Liverpool Biennial and Barbican Centre, London (GB)

artfrankfurt (2004 – 2005), Frankfurt (D)

Prospects 2004, Tea Building, London (GB)

2003     Australian Art in London – Australia House, London (GB)

                Summer Exhibition (2002 – 2007) – Royal Academy of Arts, London (GB)

The Hunting Art Prizes 2003 – Royal College of Art, London (GB)

Artfutures (2002 – 2003) Contemporary Art Society – City of London School, London (GB)

2002     The Painting Class – Lethaby Gallery, London (GB)

Fresh Art – Business Design Centre, London (GB)

(X)hibit – The London Institute Gallery, London (GB)

2001     Exhibition for the Queen’s Visit – Goodenough College, London (GB)

2000     National Works on Paper – Mornington Peninsula Gallery, Melbourne (AUS)

City of Hobart Art Prize – Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (AUS)

1999     Darebin – La Trobe University Art Prize and Exhibition, Melbourne (AUS)

1998     Poco Noco meets Jacques Derrida, Derrida Prize Show – VCA Gallery, Melbourne (AUS)

1997     Clothing Exchange – Grey Area Art Space Inc., Melbourne (AUS)

1996     Ego – Temple Studio, Melbourne (AUS)

1995     Postcard Show – Linden Gallery, Melbourne (AUS)

1993     Iglu Group – RS9 Theatre, Budapest (H)


Awards, Scholarships

2004   Prospects 2004, London (GB)

2000   The Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship (AUS)

1999   Julian Counsel Acquisitive Award, Melbourne (AUS)

1998   Victorian College of the Arts Student Union Prize, Melbourne (AUS)

Victorian Campus Art Prize, Melbourne (AUS)


Works in Public Collections
Collection of University of the Arts London, London (GB)

Collection of Athenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly, London (GB)

Frankel Collection (USA)

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (D)

International Collage Center (USA)

JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection, New York (USA)

MAG Collection (GB)

Michalke Drawing Collection, Munich (D)

Progressive Collection, Ohio (USA)

The Shirley Foundation (UK)

Private Collections in Europe, USA, Australia

Antal – Lusztig Collection, Debrecen (H)

Bodnár Collection, Budapest (H)

Rechnitzer Collection, Győr (H)