Endre Röder was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1933 and much of his childhood was spent in Malta. He moved to the UK in 1949. Endre began painting in 1988 and throughout those 35 years has continued to paint with the same prolific energy and vibrancy.
So much has been written over the years about this amazing artist and so we feel it should be left to Endre to make the opening statement here. “My work, always figurative, starts off as a vague arrangement of shapes, colour and textures held together by subject matter. Most frequently of a female figure in an interior or landscape, compositionally unified by objects of beauty such as flowers, fruit, trees, birds, attractive headwear and clothing, and anything I feel is life enhancing.”
What we feel cannot go unsaid is the continual striking visual element of Endre’s work and the underlying theme which has been his inspiration throughout, namely the female form. Paintings such as ‘Music and the Moon’ and ‘Goldfishes’ capture exotic women, with his bold and colourful palette reminiscent of Gauguin and Modigliani, both of whom have had a great influence on him, as well as all the elements that his imagination brings to create these almost mystical landscape and interior settings.
However, this is not Endre’s only vision of the female figure. The quiet gentle pose of contemplation found in ‘Girl on the Floor’ shows a very sensitive quality with such depth of observation and study, reflected in the more muted and tonal colours and subtle decoration, echoing her most wistful look.
In the paintings of ‘Lizy and Lucy’ the soft delicate colour palette which bind these two girls together enhance our view of Endre’s interpretation of their warm bond and friendship. In this series of contemplative poses the faces of the women and girls have a faraway look as if they themselves are imagining a mystical world, one in which maybe Endre himself has created!
We are proud to be holding this solo exhibition in what is now Endre’s 90th year.