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Sometimes you meet an artist whose work grows on you slowly but surely, and Harm Mouw is one of these, in my opinion. His work is on display until this Saturday July 31st at the the famous gallery on the Singel Canal 383 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands owned by the recently deceased icon book seller Wout Vuyk, who in his 90’s still stopped into the gallery regularly to chat with the artist and visitors.
How do you discover what motivates an artist to create works of art? By observing the work in silence? By imagining some of the secrets by peeling off the layers?
The fish’s voyage reminds me of Picasso who painted food many times, who also worked in clay as if he wanted to take the visual experience and bring it alive for us to our tables. That post you can read here.
Harm Mouw does not stop here of course, his drawings made in a Benedictine Convent years ago are powerful images about the spiritual sense hiding behind the various faces, but also about the common thread running through the lives of these monks – the communal meal and prayer. These also tell us something about the depth of an artist.
Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud come to mind here and Mouw told me that the British painters were an influence when he attended the Rietveld Art Academy and the State Academy of Fine Art (Rijks Akademie).
And by the way, the Sardine dish with pasta is sold out this Sunday night!