Endre Hevezi has an extensive background in the arts. Enjoy his portfolio and see more of his work by visiting his website.
I was always interested in arts but in order to have a “decent occupation” on family pressure I had to qualify as an architect in Budapest. This geometrical, architectural thinking stayed with me through all my artistic career.
My art career started in Denmark, where I ended up as a refugee. Here I painted some portraits, but mainly landscapes of Hungarian scenes and exhibited them in Copenhagen, Stockholm and other Scandinavian cities. Large scale works from this period include the altarpiece of the Alderslyst Church and the murals of the Meeting Hall of Ikast.
After moving to England I carried the clay in the tableware factory of Booth and Colclough in Stoke-on-Trent. Later I became the designer of the firm, and eventually won a scholarship from the Federation of British Pottery Manufacturers, with which I traveled to New York.
After returning to England, however, designing traditional tableware decoration did not seem so exciting. I moved to London to start a new life. At this time, I had to revert to architecture and qualify again (getting an MA in London).
This opened the way to a number of decorative commissions in pottery, mosaics, stained glass and bronze for churches and commercial premises. I became a veritable Jack of all Trades. You can do many things if you have a big pottery kiln!
My most significant work of this type are the decorations of the Debre Lebanos cathedral in Ethiopia, with over 100 square meters of stained glass, 80 square meters of mosaics and some decorative metal doors.
During all this time I did not neglect painting and exhibiting my pictures, some of which you can see here.