Peter Lenkey-Tóth was born and currently lives in Miskolc, Hungary. For a long time, the artist has been engaging not with what is absent in paintings, but what is lost or hidden within them. Many of his creations emphasise simple objects against flat surfaces which in turn appear to absorb the objects themselves. In his paintings, such lost absences manifest themselves in the viewer’s imagination.
At first sight common objects swim weightlessly in the undefined space. The viewer is invited to look for signs, historical allusions, the missing pieces of a puzzle, and any particular links to extract the apparently absent narrative in the painting. The incredibly absorbing blackness surrounding the objects emphasises the stillness within the painting, reinforcing the absence of a specific time and place. Such stillness within the painting provides the viewer with a space for immersion, meditation, and self-reflection.