JCJC’s art gallery features Hattiesburg-Hungarian artist

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-02-01 12:26:53

ELLISVILLE – The oil paintings of Andrea Kostyal will be on display at the Eula Bass Lewis art gallery at Jones County Junior College through February 17. The Hattiesburg resident and native of Hungary, has been creating art since early childhood.  Abstract collage paintings have been her focus since moving to the U.S. in 2001. 
Kostyal is an expressive painter using color abstract geometric forms along the lines of her interest in textiles. Inspired by urban landscapes, the majority of her artwork focuses on the look of an area from an aerial perspective. She uses vivid, primary-colors to contrast her belief in how art should be viewed.
“One should look at child’s drawings and paintings as primary examples of art – their beauty lacks boundaries and is filled with true desire for expression,” said Kostyal.
In some of her oil paintings, Kostyal incorporates materials to produce a collage within a painting.  “The collage technique aids in my explorations of the different aspects of the struggle between the natural and artificial. The juxtaposition and multiplication of layers reflects the complexity of these antagonistic processes and guides the viewer’s attention towards building a visual map of a constantly changing environment.”
She explained she tries to combine and reconcile strivings of the body and aspirations of the mind. Kostal shared, this clash is the birthplace of abstract expressionism.
Much of her work stems from her fascination with nature. As much as she enjoys careful planning and artificial forms, she considers her paintings as reflections of her feelings and moods. She is strongly convinced that art is not just any activity – it is the most important expression of sincere purity of body, soul and mind
Kostyal has extensive experience exhibiting at a variety of venues: art galleries, in business environments, restaurants and cafes. Her paintings have received high praise and were warmly welcomed by the public in New York, Boston, Providence, Atlanta, and most recently in Hattiesburg.
The JCJC art show is free and open to the public from Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. For more information call 601-477-4148.


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