No-One Will Know How Happy I've Been
11, August 2018 - 14, September 2018

Etchings by Suzanne Balkanyi

After graduating from the Beaux Art in 1948, Suzanne Balkanyi worked as an illustrator in the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes (the Paris Zoo). The exhibition, No-one Will Know How Happy I’ve Been, will include work from two main areas of study; closely observed studies of many of the animals in the Paris Zoo; and etchings of personal observations of everyday life in Paris…at the hairdressers and waiting for the Vaporetto.

Balkanyi’s work demonstrates a sense of imagination and humour through the depiction of Giraffes, Elephants and Anteaters, whilst her detailed observations of intimate situations are full of character as well as humour. The work engagingly transports the viewer back to Paris in the 1950s and 60s through a deeply personal connection to people and place. Balkanyi was recorded as saying; “No one will ever know how happy I have been” shortly before her death in 2005 and this is clear through her work.

This show is followed by an exhibition of work by Leicester Print Workshop artist in residence Jane Sunbeam in response to this exhibition, in our Print Room 17 September-27 October.

A Leicester Print Workshop exhibition on show in our Print Room.

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