Saturday 27 September 2014

Elizabeth de Vaal / Jain

India 16th century
gouache on paper
26 x 11,5 cm

Jain religion
Statue of Bahubali Belgola
978-993 BA
18 m height 

The first image above, coming from Jain religion, inspires me so much, it refers to most important questions in life, it connects microcosms and macrocosms. It is abstract and figurative, it tries to express the whole knowledge of the universe. 
This image should be seen together with the statue of Bahubali, Shrvana Belgola, a monolith of 18 m height. Both are images of the Cosmic Man of Jain religion.
I am fascinated by histories and religions. I source my works in text, diagrams and images, often found in unfamiliar environments and try to connect them with daily life and own experiences.

Elizabeth de Vaal, 2014

Elizabeth de Vaal (NL)
Ruimte op links (Space on the left)
oil on canvas
145 x 115 cm

Saturday 20 September 2014

Jai Llewellyn / William Turner

William Turner
Sky study
watercolour on paper
29 x 43,7 cm

The first artwork I really 'experienced', face to face, was a Turner in The National Gallery, London. I was immediately struck by the paint. The expression and emotional content seemed to exceed any narrative and it was then I realised the potential power of painting. Many years later I found an affinity with Turner's watercolours and I often have to remind myself of their sensitivity and simplicity. 
Jai Llewellyn, 2014

Jai Llewellyn (UK)
Mackerel Skies
oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm

Saturday 13 September 2014

Harry Haarsma / Carlo Carrà

Carlo Carrà
Il pino sul mare (A Pine by the Sea)
oil on canvas

Moon and panorama of the insects, 'The Poet Prays to the Virgin for Help.'

I pray to the Divine Mother of God,
Heavenly Queen of all living things,
grant me the pure light of the little animals
who have a single letter in their vocabulary.
Animals without souls. Simple shapes.
Far from the despicable knowledge of the cat.
Far from the fictitious profundity of the owl.
Far from the sculptural wisdom of the horse.
Creatures love without eyes,
with a single sense of rippling infinity,
and who gather themselves together into great heaps
to be eaten up by the birds.
Grant me the single dimension
that little flat animals have
to tell of things covered with earth
beneath the shoe’s hard innocence.
Nobody weeps comprehending
the millions of tiny deaths at the market,
that Chinese multitude of beheaded onions,
that great yellow sun of old flattened fish.

You, Mother, ever terrible, whale of all the skies;
you, Mother, ever the joker, neighbor of the borrowed parsley:
you know I comprehend the world’s tiniest flesh
that I may give it voice.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Harry Haarsma (NL)
newspaper and oil on linen
42 x 58 cm

Harry Haarsma (NL)
newspaper and oil on linen
42 x 58 cm

Harry Haarsma (NL)
newspaper and oil on linen

Saturday 6 September 2014

Jorge Vicen / Nicolas De Staël

Nicolas De Staël
Les Bouteilles Rouges
oil on canvas
73 x 100 cm

Nicolas De Staël
Figures au Bord de la Mer
oil on canvas
161,5 × 128,5 cm
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Jorge Vicen (ES)
Muerto de Tres Cabezas
oil on wood
21 X 29 cm
private collection

Jorge Vicen (ES)
oil on wood
21 X 29 cm