Australian Contemporary Art
Tibor and Kamilla Szakos
Artists of Fine Enamel, both artists were born in Hungary, where they met and were married before moving to Australia and assuming residency in 1981.
Their artwork consists mainly of enameled copper panels in classic “Limoges” style from the 15th and 16th century.
Enamel is basically composed of layers of powdered glass and fired onto metal plates at
temperatures of 800 to 950 degrees Celsius.
The art of fusing coloured enamels onto precious metal dates back to ancient Egypt. During the Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic periods, Goldsmiths and Jewelers would use this process of enameling as substitutes for precious metals. The popularity of enamel throughout the ages was due not only to its great variety of colour and design, but also to its durability and resistance to wear.
Tibor Szakos studied visual arts and interior design in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. He lived and worked here as an artist specializing in metal work. He was commissioned to make many murals and large scale works in copper and steel.
Kamilla Szakos is the daughter of a well known graphic artist in Budapest, under whom she studied for many years.
From 1991 – 1995 they both studied fine enamel art in the international creative workshops in Kecskemet, Hungary. It is an important school for all European goldsmiths and metal artists. These creative months were immediately reflected in a higher standard of work.
Their work has been included in annual, National Enamel Exhibitions, in Sydney since 1993.
and is now regularly exhibited by Gannon House Gallery.