Hungarian born Fruzsi Kenez is bringing art to life through hand-painted whimsical imagery right in the heart of Adelaide, South Australia. Join us on an adventure into Fruzsi’s world of tongue twisters, bright colours, lady portraits and the workings of her alter-ego peachpatrol.
One of the best things about Adelaide is the city’s collection of hidden treasures. Though this may seem cliché, it is exactly how we stumbled upon Hungarian born artists and tongue-twisting ‘nature girl’ Fruzsi Kenez. Sitting in a quiet alternative café staring at some gorgeously detailed watercolour paintings on the wall, we were thinking it would be great to meet the artist behind those images. Then coincidentally strolling through one of the many Christmas Markets the City hosts, there Fruzsi was: blue-eyed and long haired, sitting in the sunshine – selling her prints to the public and welcoming us with a big smile.
After saying hello and introducing ourselves, Fruzsi enlightened us on her journey from Europe to the garden state that is South Australia, punctuated with some witty stories behind the characters in her drawings.
It was almost instantly that we fell in love with Fruzsi’s charm. Being an artist and storyteller, her artwork is full of heart and soul: illustrations that look like characters from a whimsical fairy-tale you may have read or dreamt of when you were younger that pour out an array of colour and emotion.
Fruzsi shares a studio space amongst 40 other artists and screen printers in the middle of Adelaide City in the Tooth & Nail Gallery. Wedged between a collective of other painters, Fruzi’s space is bright, colourful and full of greenery. It seems like only a natural progression that this girl would go from drawing huge concentric circles on the walls of her hallway at home (as a four year old child) to her first professional solo exhibition in the heart of Adelaide in 2008. Though never having any professional training, Fruzsi’s painting style and influences draw heavily from her studies in Art Theory and are a culmination of what she has learnt combined with her wild imagination.
“Studying art history has definitely played a role in my practice and what I do. I am interested in history and heritage, especially my own cultural heritage, like the tales about forests and forest friends.”
Fruzsi Kenez is one artist to keep your eye on, her paintings and prints are gorgeously detailed, each with its own special message.
You can see more of what Fruzsi is up to and what she has been doing on her facebook page.
All photos and video in this article are thanks to Historia Films.