B e l a I v a n y i O A M
About two thirds of my paintings are done en plein air. I’m concerned about the character of the location, the atmosphere and the particular light that exists at the time. Only a few of them find their way into my studio for further development on a larger canvas.
Bela Ivanyi was awarded a Diploma in Painting in 1968 from the National Art School and subsequently taught painting and printmaking at the Workshop Art Centre from 1969 until 1972, when he moved to Cairns. He worked as a senior lecturer at the Australian Flying Art School, Queensland, from 1974 to 1980. In 1975, he established the Cooee Bay Workshop Winter Art School (south of Yeppoon), Queensland, teaching there for 36 years. Between 1980 and 1993, he worked part-time at Newcastle College of Advanced Education and in Technical and Further Education Colleges teaching painting, drawing and design. He was a part-time lecturer in painting, drawing and design at City Art Institute and at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, from 1979-92. He also lectured in Art Education at Newcastle University in 2000.
Ivanyi joined the Flying Art School in 1974. After acquiring a pilot’s licence, he flew to all the major outback centres and remote areas of Australia to teach art, working with Aboriginal artists in Cape York. He has travelled and painted in all states of Australia.
Since 1969, he has had 33 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and the Central Coast. Group exhibitions include the 1968 Readers Digest Drawing Prize (which he won); Sydney Printmakers’ Survey Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery; Perth Drawing Prize; Australian Graphic Artists’ exhibition, Phillip Bacon Gallery; the Art Gallery of New South Wales Wynne Prize (1978, 1981-83); the Fleurieu Art Prize in 2000 and the 2003 Kedumba Drawing Award.
He is represented in numerous collections, including the Australian National Gallery.
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2003, Bela Ivanyi lives and works on the Central Coast.
He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for service to the visual arts, particularly as an educator and mentor.