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Paintings from heaven

Rob van Doeselaar – Paintings and iPad sketches
Simões Ferreira – Wooden sculptures
When: From 1 to 26 May 2019
Where: Haagse Kunstkring, Denneweg 64, The Hague
Opening: 4 May, 4 p.m. by Pascalle Grotenhuis, former Ambassador to Mozambique.
Gallery opening hours: Wed – Fri 12.00 – 17.00, Sat – Sun 13.00 – 17.00
Rob van Doeselaar will be present at the opening and on 12 May at 4 p.m. to talk about his work during ‘The artist tells about his art’.
The artists donate 10% of the proceeds to the fundraising campaign for the victims of the Idaï cyclone in Mozambique

In the month of May I show paintings and iPad sketches that I have made in Mozambique in recent years. The sunny surroundings and the lush growth of trees and plants inspired me to display their shadows, as if heaven creates paintings.
It is interesting to study and paint shadows. What color do they have? How do you transfer movement, contrast and layering to the canvas? What meaning do you see in the forms?

In addition, my good friend the Mozambican sculptor Simões Ferreira shows wooden sculptures that he left under management during a stay in Europe a few years ago. His works depict the inner struggle in Mozambique, marked by the colonial war and followed by the civil war until 1992. With his images, Simões emphasizes the power of women, the family life and the sense of community of people.

Rob van Doeselaar (1958, Goes) has lived, worked and exhibited in many countries as an independent artist. He was confronted with very different living conditions and cultures. The impressions and experiences of his travels are thematically strongly related to his art and have had an important influence on style, color and use of materials. Rob paints on canvas, paper and wood. He also experiments with iPad art. He regularly publishes the results on his blog. You can subscribe to it (for free). He also has a passion for painting portraits. In 2013, he won a prestigious prize in The Hague for the best portrait of King Willem-Alexander. For more information, visit robvandoeselaar.com

Simões Ferreira (1959, Maputo) became fascinated by sculpture through contacts with the Mozambican sculptor Alberto Chissano, and by visiting exhibitions in Galeria Paraiso in Maputo. As a self-taught artist he started his career in 1977. In 1987 he devotes himself exclusively to carving. He participated in various collective exhibitions in Mozambique, South Africa, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Sweden. The National Art Museum in Maputo has included his work in its collection. He is also represented in various public and private institutions. He has been a member of Núcleo de Arte since 1978 and also of the Kulungwana Managing Board since 2014. For more information, visit simoesart.jimdofree.com

Rob van Doeselaar



One-day exhibition

On April 26 I had a one-day exhibition of paintings together with Theo Jordans. It happened in Groede where Theo’s sister and my brother extensively and exuberantly celebrated their 65th birthday. Quite by chance, really by accident, Theo is now also exhibiting in Pulchri and my exhibition in the Haagse Kunstkring will start next week.

Exhibition AGA LAB 60 years

While moving from Maputo to Geneva these months, I participate in the anniversary exhibition of AGA LAB, the former Amsterdam Graphic Studio, where I printed many lithographs from 1983 to 1990. Now my iPad sketches are printed there in the highest quality and exactly as I want it. Nearly 100 artists participate. I show a print of one of the iPad sketches from my paradise, from the African Kikuyu grass. Tonight is the opening.

Exhibition AGA LAB 60 years.
14 September – 12 October 2018

OPENING: Friday 14 september 5 – 8 P.M.
(Opening: 5.30 P.M.)

BOUWput Galerie
Ferdinand Huyckstraat 74, Amsterdam

AGA LAB Personal Invite Prints 60 Years

Exhibition ‘Almas Cruzados’

Tomorrow May 31 the exhibition ‘Almas Cruzados’ by Carlos Simões Ferreira and me in Galeria Kulungwana, Maputo opens until 29 June. Together in his open-air studio a few kilometers outside of Maputo we worked on four paintings as two souls from a different world. These works are on show at the exhibitions. Furthermore, the exhibition consists of new work that we have made individually.
I spent a lot of time in the Simões studio. Many people came along. I experienced the African way of life and I became part of the family. After 20 years in Africa, I have discovered that art is mainly about dreams and fantasy, the discovery of the inner world, and not, as in my own tradition, which is based on perception. It is a privilege that Simões helped me to understand this African perspective better.

Migração dos pastores, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm

Lobolo na aldeia, oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm

Celebração, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm

Época da abundância, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm