Harry van Kruiningen is one of those dutch artist who’s importance grows by the year. He was a multi disciplined artist. Painting, etching, sculpting….he did everything. Personally i think his etchings and illustrations belong (arguably) to the very best that were made during the second half of last century in the Netherlands.
They all have something mystical and when you see where his inspirations was coming from ( African masks) one can see the mystic and recognise the mysticism in his works.
It has been over 15 years ago that i met Mr. Aronson sr., an antique dealer with whom my parents bought a small piece of antique. It came with a certificate and after my father his death, me and my sister decided to contact this antique dealer who wrote and signed the certificate. He came to look at the small piece of furniture…… Evaluated it once again and came to the conclusion that the top was replaced and the value was less than 15% of its original value paid for. This was the instant i lost confidence in antique dealers permanently. The small dresser now graces are home as a souvenir to my parentst and i must say it blends perfectly well with the classic moderns and paintings we have in our living room. As said i lost confidence in antique dealers, but i can not but admire the two beautiful Tulip vases Aronson has brought up for sale in 2016. With it came a very nice , very well published book on the history of ( these two) Tulipieres and Tulip vases in general. The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com
Intriguing , that is how i would describe the works by Moki Last. Over the years i have encountered her works at several places and her projects always intrigue and fascinate. On many occasions her ceramics are combined into a complex work of art . Always original in her approach Moki Last has build a name in the art world that crosses the borders of her hometown Den Haag finding her way into the art world and galleries of the Netherlands, Moki Last has become one of the well known artis names for ceramics in the Netherlands. www.ftn-books.com has a signed publication from 2005 available.
Ørnulf Ranheimsæter was a Norwegian illustrator, graphical artist and essayist.
He was born in Skien, and educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry, where he also later worked as instructor and eventually professor. He is known for his many book designs, and received the Bokkunstprisen award in 1967 and 1987. He was awarded the Fritt Ord Honorary Award in 1998.
Why this rather obscure , lesser know Norwegian artist?.
The best reason is he illustrated DEN HELIGE NATTEN by Hjalmar Gullberg. A short story on the Holy Night ( containing 4 original prints). The most appropriate story for today. ( the book is available at www.ftn-books.com)
I have seen thousands of art book covers during this last year and here is the one that I think struck me most. It is a publication by the Princessehof from 2007 in which their collection is presented in the very best way possible. Photography of the collection by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and then there is this cover……..
Photography by Fritz Kok and catalogue design by Ben Lambers
A key element in the works by Theo Schepens is “balance”. A physical balance but also a spiritual balance between man and women. The result sculptures of male and female figurines interacting with each other taking poses in which they try to find and hold their balance. It all starts with the smallest and extremely speedy sketches he makes and then uses these as a starting point for his sculptures.
These sculptures have a rare quality. These do not take any effort to understand the meaning of the artist and the world he has created with them is highly recognizable. since his figurines have not changed for over 30 years. The males and females in his sculptures still look the same as 30 years ago, but what has remained is the timeless quality of his sculptures. This is he kind of art that children will interact with when they see it for the first time and remember it because of the shiny quality and the highly understandable action they are in. Kissing on horses, on a wire and even love making . all these actions come along . Schepens has created a “shiny” world in aluminium to love.
There was a time you could find Ravelli pottery on Bric a Brac markets all over the Netherlands. Not any longer since these Ravelli items have becom highly collectable items with a loyal following of collectors. Started in 1944 and finishing in 1977 these Ravelli items were designed and made by Jaap Ravelli. Who worked all these years in his studio helped by some assistants.
All items were signed, so there can be no mistake about a Ravelli item. In 1989 J.M. de Koning took the initiative to make a first book on these collectibles and it was a great effort. Later other publications were published but tghis first book from 1989 set a standard for Ravelli publications. In it some history and many items from the studio. This book is now available at www.ftn-books.com
Just a site this time and an absolute tip for people who are interested in artist and their creative process. Artist are all photographed in their studios, which gives a great inside where and how art is created. The list contains numerous names of great artists and over the years has grown into one of the great sites to find information on art and their artists. Harke Kazemier, an artists himself has composed and edited this list from 2005 onwards.
example: Jan Cremer in his studio, 2008
Here is the link which directs you to the blog he wrote on Piet Dirkx. There are a few hundred names on the list and many you will recognize. Just wander around and be amazed by the many entries written on the artists and when you search for more information on the artists check with http://www.ftn-books.com for publications available
The reason to write this blog is the book i recently purchased by Jet Nijkamp. Filled with nature drawings of wood, trunks and landscapes and enhanced with text by Tsead Bruinja. Thsi titel “Verdrongen Landschap” was published in a small edition and is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com.
An excellent title with drawings by Nijkamp , which remind me of the early drawings by Frank van Hemert influenced by Anselm Kiefer. but……visiting her site i noticed that she had published a complete series of Donald Trump dressed in Womans Clothing. A “funny” series of pastel drawings on international newspapers. It is not funny only , but it shows some criticism towards Donald Trump and his presidency. Trump takes poses like the great states man he think he is, however…..the drawings make fun of him and puts his presidency into perspective. The best one is the Obama meeting. Obama is the statesman and Trump the one with a dress on. I can not vote for any US president , but i wish i could and i would not have any doubt who to vote for.
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20