"VANITAS VANITATUM II" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

UKO POST

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Uko Post, a Contemporary Fine Artist who was born in Meppel, the Netherlands, in 1954.   In his last primary school class, he became more interested in drawing because there was a project to complete for the national holiday for the queen. This project was organized in all the primary schools in Meppel. He received early recognition of his creativity when his  drawing was chosen to hang in the local newspaper window.  In 1969, he went with his father to the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam and viewed the Rembrandt exhibition.  He  was so impressed by the paintings of Rembrandt, that he decided to become a painter.  Although this was against the will of his parents, he did not loose his vision and he received his artistic training  at the Academy Minerva of Fine Arts in Groningen in the Netherlands from 1972 to 1978.   There he was introduced to realism and was taught by Diederik Kraay Poel, Wout Muller, Ger SIKS and Geert Meijer.  Uko Post is member of the Dutch Northern Realists also known as the Noordelijke Realisten.

"NEW BEGINNINGS" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

Since 1994, he has lived and worked  in Belgium in the tranquil region of Sankt Vith, Eifel, known for the ancient Celtic magic of this region.

"ENTRANCE TROYE" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

He has been deeply inspired by the Magical Realism of the nineteen thirties and painters that he admires from this period are Pyke Koch, Wim Schuhmacher, Raoul Hynkes, Dick Ket and Carel A.C.Willink. He is also a great admirer of the Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eick and Memling.

"VANITAS WITH HALF APPLE" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

Uko Post is a Master Painter who paints the fragility of our earthly existence. He is always seeking content that mirrors his feelings and he is often inspired by the history of mankind and the history of art.

"WHAT REMAINS?" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED All Rights Reserved.  Used with the permission of the artist.

"WHAT REMAINS?" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

He says, “I create what I create because it feels good for myself to work in that way.  It is a part of my vision on the world and on myself as a human beïng……I disassociate myself from the mainstream. I am not searching for the temporary but rather the timeless, that occupies and binds us as humans.

The same thing that binds us together, also divides us to the bone of the matter, where to there is no answer to be found.”

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"GRAVEYARD" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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In a metaphorical sense, each  painting created by Uko Post is a self portrait and yet once each painting is completed, it begins a magical life of it’s own depicting quintessential states of being.  When we view Uko Post’s paintings that evoke the various eternal stages of  life, decline and death or “vanitas,” it is obvious that these art works spring from his matured vision of that evolution which both builds and divides our lives.

"DEAD BULLFINCH" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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There is an undeniable sense of the familiar and also of the mysterious within each of his art works.

"OLD WALL" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

"APPLE" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

It is not surprising then that Uko Post’s paintings are also often associated with the Magical Realists of the twentieth century and that his art works are revered and exhibited throughout Europe.

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Some of his recent exhibitions include  Hospital Gallery Pruem, Germany, Gallery Hohenbusch Gruefflingen Gallery, Belgium, Gallery Dogan, Blaue Galerie, Schoenecken, Germany, Museum Altes Amt Schoenberg, Germany.

"THE BEACH" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED All Rights Reserved.  Used with the permission of the artist

"THE BEACH" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

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He has also exhibited at the Gaytalpark Umwelterlebnispark, Germany, Verbandsgemeindeverwaltung Ulmen, Germany, Culturhaus Pruem, Germany

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"MONOLITH" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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as well as Gallery Am Pi, Weissenseifen, Germany,Kunstroute Zijpe, Petten, Netherlands, and Burgkapelle Burg, Neuerburg, Germany and many other venues.

"WATERGATE," Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

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Uko Post is a truth seeker, a visionary and one who does not compromise to accommodate modern trends.  The results are evident in each of his hauntingly beautiful works of art that challenge us to look and then look again at the very core of what makes our souls resonate with life and death.  Because of his uncompromising choice of subject matter and his excellent mastery of the technical skills of painting,  Uko Post’s creations provide us with an unforgettable journey through a  myriad of feelings and states of beings!

Please visit http://www.ukopost.eu to view more of Uko Post’s artworks and for more information!

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Laara WilliamSen
International professional painter and author

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