BioBartos Saro’s life is very structured, organized but not in a confining way. So are his paintings. Sculptor and art historian by profession, Bartos studied in his native Hungary and Great Britain. He started in modern design, made it to the level of partner in a furniture showroom company where he could put to work his methodically working but open mind. The level of corporational restraint and pressure was not appealing in the long run. Fascination with structures and materials in design took finally over and passion led him to the painting of matter. He used to keep a studio in London, but finally moved to a more quiet place near Bristol where he can tend to his small japanese maple trees. He believes, he matured there.
Art StatementHis work focuses on the structure of materials, he prefers to work in mixed media. Expressively presenting the weight and movement, Bartos loves to create tension and drama, because he believes that there is a spirit in matter – shapes and forms can reflect basic experiences attached to emotions.
Thick layers of raw, often cracked texture are enhanced and gaining a unique beauty owing it to the additional drawing and slightly applied colors. Sand or broken marble mixed with an acrylic binder is one of his preferred materials. Bartos’ sense of matter is full of concern for the facture.
The artist has reduced his alphabet of symbols to several forms that are able to convey a variety of tensions and emotions. His work is by definition basic rarely showing sophistication, but the more it is, the more it conveys his artistic vision.