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“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

“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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I am very happy to share that the four artworks shown here have been accepted into SYMBIOSE!

"AMENSALISM -looking at faces sleeping on granville,"Original mixed media by Laara Williamsen (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Right Reserved For Sale $900 Euros

Here are the details!

Six weeks, more than 120 artists from 28 different countries: that’s SYMBIOSE ART FESTIVAL in Breda, The Netherlands.

What:
Paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media, video, photography and other graphic
techniques, woven tapestries, sculptures and installations. By artists of all ages and from
all parts of the world: Australia – Belgium – Brazil – Canada – Germany – France –
Greece – Great Britain – Ireland – India – Italy – Japan – Kazakhstan – Lithuania –
Morocco – Netherlands – Norway – Ukraine – Austria – Pakistan – Portugal –
Russia – Spain – Turkey – United Arab Emirates – United States – South Africa –
Switzerland

"PARASITISM young girl alone at the corner," Original mixed media by Laara Williamsen (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Right Reserved For Sale 900 Euros

 

 

Where:
De StadsGalerij,
Oude Vest 34
4811 HT Breda
The Netherlands

When:
July 7 – August 14, thursday – Sunday, 12:00-17:00 hrs
Vernissage: Every Friday, 19:00-21:00 hrs

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"SYMBIOSIS; espirt de corps, skateboarder ," Original mixed media by Laara WilliamSen (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. For Sale 900.00 Euros

"MUTUALISTIC, two friends sharing on the street, " Original mixed media by Laara WilliamSen (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. for Sale 900.00 Eur

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For more information please contact:
Gert-Jan van den Bemd, curator
symbiose@grandfoulard.com

visit http://www.grandoulard.com

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'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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