'HEAVEN" Original painting by Hans Mertens (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of the artist.

It is my joy to introduce you to my Linked in friend and fellow Contemporary Fine artist HANS MERTENS!

Born in the Netherlands, in a village called Reuver, Hans Mertens’ great natural talent was evident during his childhood in the many perceptive and detailed drawings he did at home and at school.  He received his foundation and formal art education at The School of the Arts, HBO, in the Netherlands and graduated in 1991.  Continuing his studies over the next six years, he completed many art courses, learning various painting techniques and styles.  At this time, Mertens learned the “sfumato” technique, introduced by Leonardo da Vinci.  During the years that followed, as an emerging artist, his fascination for ancient myths led  Mertens to utilize these techniques of the Renaissance Masters to depict a series of paintings with mysterious legendary content.  Using several coats of varnish, “Penelope’s Prayer,” “Cherchez la femme,” and “Helen of Troy” were painted in this enduring technique.

PENELOPE'S PRAYER Original painting by Hans Mertens C) COPYRIGHTED 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Used with the permission of the artist.

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'HELEN OF TROY" Original painting by Hans Mertens (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

'CHERCHEZ LA FEMME" Original painting by Hans Mertens (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the art

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Throughout his creative career, Mertens has contributed to charity by donating a painting in Barletta, Italy and he founded the Ferrara-collective which is a group of  international artist-friends.  In 2009 he created a website for artists all over the world :

http://hansmertens.socialgo.com/.  

Hans Mertens cordially extends an invitation to artists from around the world to visit and join the website.  

He  also became the first international artist who was allowed to collaborate with Marlena and Robbie Burger in Orlando, Florida, who printed his abstract works on Habotai silk scarves for women as a special present.  You can view his creations at http://www.designerscarvesbymarlena.com/MeetHans.html

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'THANK YOU VINCENT' Original painting by Hans Mertens (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

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Hans Mertens says, “Being a teacher also, I had to be able to teach my students to paint like the Impressionists; like Monet and also Van Gogh.  So the  painting “Thank you Vincent” is a tribute to Van Gogh.”

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"LE CANAVAL DES ANIMAUX" Original painting by Hans Mertens (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

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From his early beginnings to this present day, Hans Mertens’ art work has evolved into colorful, textured abstraction expressions.  Themes that have been repeatedly found in his art work are; spiritual subjects, mythology and classic tales.  Within each abstract art work, there is a deep sense of the mystical movements that he once depicted in detail.  The atmospheric, abstracted layers of paint  in Hans Mertens’ paintings keep the tradition of these mysteries alive while bridging the gap between classical and contemporary techniques and vision.  One can easily find the rhythms of the ancients bubbling with passion in “Heaven” and “Le Carnaval des Animaux.”

Hans Mertens has had thirty five exhibitions in Holland and in 2006 he became internationally known, selling his paintings in New York, U.S.A., Kirksville, U.S.A. and in other locations in the U.S.A.   His exhibitions include both group and solo shows in Wales, United Kingdom, in Ferrara, Trani and Barletta in Italy, in Leipzig , Germany and in Istanbul, Turkey.

Please visit his website at http//www.hansmertens.nl/index_en.html to view more of Hans Mertens’ artworks!

And remember

Hans Mertens cordially extends an invitation to artists from around the world to visit and join the website   http://hansmertens.socialgo.com/.


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