Encounter by Karoly Veress

Karoly Veress

Encounter, 1976

cast bronze
96” x 32” x 25”

Singer Museum, Netherlands
Rodman Hall Arts Centre
13th Street Winery Permanent Collection since 2009

Sculpted from plaster in 1976, this sculpture was cast in bronze in the Netherlands. It depicts the loving encounter of two people from different backgrounds as they move towards each other from opposite directions; when they encounter each another, they become one. Karoly created this sculpture for his second big solo exhibition at the Singer Museum in the Netherlands. The Curating Director of this museum, Pieter Leffelaar discovered Karoly in the beginning of the seventies. One of the most important developments in Veress’ professional career was his meeting with this great Dutch art critic. Leffelaar became his mentor until his death in 1978 and was an important force in the development of Veress’ career as an artist.

Leffelaar once said, “Veress’ art does not mimic reality, it goes beyond, where imitation stops.”

Critical Review by Pieter v.d. Bosch
“He now speaks a universal language of such delightful beauty that one often gets very moved looking at his sculptures. Don’t ask how much is at stake nor how he persevered to give these bronzes (as well as magnificent marbles and plaster) their skins as smooth as mirrors. It could only be the artist’s drive and aspirations tin his search for perfection.

Veress is a man prepared to do the utmost, not only technically but more importantly as an artist. The striking line play of his sculptures excels by refined forms staying close to nature and by folding and weaving their continuous movements and harmonies. The often eye-delighting play of liquid concaves and convexes that give his figures all kinds of reflections is his signature and is characteristic of his personality.”

About The Artist:
Karoly Veress (1935-2020) was born in the rugged mountains of Transylvania. The upheaval of the Second World War forced him to recognize the fragility of his environment and the system that shaped it.