Fairy-tale Furniture

My fairy tale furniture has historical ethnic roots in Transylvania (Romania) as well as most of Europe, where two to three hundred years old precursors are in residence in numerous ethnographic museums. Painted furniture – a hobby turned profession and then back to hobby – has kept my interest since 1985 and resulted in over 2450 objects – small and large – from jewellery box to full size hutch, with all manner of tables, chairs, benches, beds and other furniture in between. The brush-stroking is unique, elaborate and fully revealed by the finishing layers. The colors – plentiful and bright – are chosen to harmonize, never to clash. The sequence of the mediums used amounts to an original technology that was developed with an eye on traditional materials: using milk-paint (created in-house), acrylic paints and natural oils and waxes. The construction is as traditional as possible, with metal (screws) avoided wherever possible and using dovetail joints, wood wedges, wood pegs, mortise-and-tenon, tongue-and-groove, etc. instead. For more photos of original creation as well as of historical examples and their culture of origin, please check my Instagram.

Solo Exhibitions

  • Secler Museum, Sfantu-Gheorghe, Covasna (Romania) – 2000
  • County Museum from Bistrita (Bistritz, Romania), opening of the “Saxon House” – 1998
  • Saxon Yearly Meeting in Birthälm, Romania – 1997, 1999
  • Dinkelsbühl Saxon Yearly Meeting (Germany) – “Saxon Furniture from Transylvania – 1997
  • Sibiu, Folk Art Museum “Contemporary Saxon Furniture” (Romania) – 1996
  • Gallery Brassoi Lapok, “Three Generations of Painted Furniture” – Brasov, Romania – 1987

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

  • Salon des Métiers d’Art, Montreal, Dec. 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Canadian-Hungarian Artists Collective exhibition, Delta Hotel, Montreal, Oct.2003;
  • Holiday Craft Fair, Bucharest (Romania), 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Tendence, Frankfurt – Oct 1998
  • New York Gift Fair (Javits Center), 1997
  • Expo Kunsthandwerk, Sinsheim (Germany), 1997
  • Wood Crafts Fair,  Odorheiu Secuiesc (Romania), 2000, 2002
  • Christmas Fair in Bucharest Peasant Museum, 1995, 1996, 1997,1998;
  • “Summer Days In Gyor” (Hungary), 1994
  • arts and crafts workshops Cernat (Romania), 1985, 1986
  • arts and crafts workshop Tokaj (Hungary), 1993