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Very successful solo show in Paris


My solo exhibition at ARTCLUB Gallery in Paris was a blast.

Besides the numerous sales, it was fantastic to meet so many interested people during the opening of the show. The sold paintings are going to different places all over the world.

I want to thank Olivier Dyan, Eric Bouzemane and the rest of the gallery-team.

The gallery is very renowned and situated right next to the Louvre in Paris. 

You just can't miss it when you pass by. I work with this gallery in permanence.

So if you ever happen to be in Paris, and in the neighborhood, go take a look inside!!

172, Rue de Rivoli!



Right next to the Rijksmuseum


Morren Galleries opened its first gallery in Utrecht 23 years ago. 

About 8 years ago a second gallery was opened on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.

Now it's time to move to a more prominently venue: right next to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and my abstract paintings will be shown here right from the start.

 

Hope to see you at the opening, or jump in another time.

Morren Galleries opened its first gallery in Utrecht 23 years ago. 

About 8 years ago a second gallery was opened on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.

Now it's time to move to a more prominently venue: right next to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and my abstract paintings will be shown here right from the start.

 

Hope to see you at the opening, or jump in another time.



Pentecost - Pinksteren


May 17, 2016

It's kind of insane... having 5 exhibitions at the same time. But that is what happened last weekend.

A group exhibition in Hamburg at Metropolitan Gallery + Gregs Gallery. A solo show in Luxemburg City at Galerie Schortgen. An opening/group-show in Amsterdam at Morren Galleries. An art fair in New York with MZ Urban Art at Yonkers ARTS weekend. An opening/group show in Best at Kunsthuys.



Real art does not need explanation


March 13, 2016

Ever since I started my career as an artist, I've been annoyed by 'art' that needs a lot of explanation, in order to be more attractive to the spectators, or better to potential buyers.

In my opinion an artwork needs to speak for itself! That's why it is called ART.

Art goes beyond languages and borders. It can unify people worldwide, and it can be an ice-breaker in difficult conversations or situations. At the same time it can define culture and cultural differences. Art can be beautiful, and even bring you to tears of joy, but it can also be horrifying and touch the deepest depth of your soul. It can make you wonder, irritate, incite, prickle, touch your emotions positivily or negatively It can be provocative or take you to another world. Through the ages, art has been used for propaganda, religion, communication, protest and nowadays also for publicity and as an investment. Imagine a world without art??? To me that is impossible. Sometimes you feel the need to explain to yourself, or others, why (an) artwork touches you. That is great, because you would love to share it with everyone. There is nothing wrong with enthusiasm and every artist needs encouragement and compliments!!!

I feel the need to write this, because everytime I visit an exhibition in a gallery or a museum, or watch a television programm about art, I am annoyed when an art-critic starts to twaddle about why, what, when, how and tell you what you should see, think, feel about it. Please let the spectators decide for themselves, if they are attracted to the artwork or not, and what it does to their feelings. Let them fill in the blancs by themselves... OR not! Of course, when you like the work of an artist, and your hear more about the meaning, reason why it was created, it can even become more attractive to you. But art that does not speak to you, touch you in any way at all, will not be more attractive after a long statement or explanation or thoughts, which say more about the speaker, than the artist or artwork.

I have to add to this that, in my opinion, it is absolutely necessary to keep in mind, in what period of history the art has been made. Because that part is very important. And I also think that art should be unique... not a copy of someone elses style!! However, when an art critic has to make an artwork more attractive, by explaining a lot, with many superlatives and poetic words, about why an artwork is so important, I think this says more about him/herself, than about the art. Sometimes a contemporary artist is hyped, because there are some investors behind it (follow the money)... and NOT because it is so damn interesting. Fortunately, because of the internet and social media, all artists have a much larger stage then ever before, and we can keep on discovering art that really attracks us. ☺



Auction painting for a friend


Feb. 21, 2016

I am going to auction this painting: 'New Beginnings' and the full amount will be donated to the fundraising for the cancer-treatment of our friend Fernando from Antwerp (more info check www.steunfernando.be 

The painting is 90x130 cm and painted on canvas on aluminium stretchers of 4 cm thickness. The sides are also painted. Salesprice: € 3000 The bidding started at € 450,00 Biddings by private email or through my FB-page. You can follow the biddings here or on my FB-page! The auction will last until Sunday March 6. Mail me if you wish more detailed pictures.

 

Biddings:

AUCTION CLOSED: Many thanks to Barbara, Helena, Ron, John, Ronny, Curry, Marcel, Bagi and Saskia for the bids!!

06 mrt. Final bid: Saskia: € 2.002,-

06 mrt. Barbara: € 1.650,-

01 mrt. Saskia: € 1.600,-

28 feb. Barbara: € 1.425,-

28 feb. Curry: ca.€ 1.363,- ($1.500)

28 feb. John: € 1.300,-

28 feb. Ron: € 1.200,-

28 feb. Marcel: € 1.100,-

28 feb. Barbara: € 900,-

25 feb. Ronny: € 800,-

24 feb. Helena: € 750,-

21 feb. Ronny: € 700,-

21 feb. Helena: € 650,-

21 feb. Bagi: € 600,-

21 feb. Ronny: € 550,-

21 feb. Helena: € 500,-



ArtClub Gallery Paris


September 24, 2015

Are you visiting Paris this Autumn? Then take a look at ARTCLUB Gallery at 172, Rue de Rivoli, opposite the Louvre! 

A selection of new paintings from the 'Perfect Imperfections' series are on view and for sale in this extravagant gallery. In September of this year I started to work with them in permanence. So my work will always be in stock.

More info: artclub.fr




Moving my studio to Antwerp, Belgium


June 24, 2015

I've moved house to Antwerp, so did my studio! From now on my studio is located in WONDERBURO, at Frankrijklei 73 in Antwerp - Belgium.

I've got a large space, much light and it feels good. Next I'll be working on several assignments as well as new paintings for the group show at Atelier Gerri Grijsen (Winterswijk - Netherlands) and new paintings for a wonderful gallery in Paris - France. Because I'm way too busy, only visits on appointment.



My art at GALERIE 713, Knokke - Belgium


June 15 - 2015

From now on a selection of my figurative series 'Perfect Imperfections' is on view and for sale at Galerie 713, Zeedijk 713, Knokke - Belgium. For more info and opening hours, check  the website.



New catalogue.


April 26 - 2015

Finally my new catalogue is out! 76 pages filled with my latest paintings from the abstract and figurative series, as well as close-ups and some images of me at work. I am very proud of the result.

 

It is available through the galleries I work with (see CONTACT on this website) or directly through me and can be purchased for € 39,95 + shipment costs.



TORONTO - MZ Urban Art is bringing my art to CANADA!


April 12 - 2015

From April 16 until 19 MZ Urban Art (New York - USA) will present my art in Toronto - Canada on the Love Art Fair.

Over the years I've received a lot of reactions from art-lovers living in Canada, so if you live in the neighborhood, take your chance to visit the fair!

Love Art Fair Toronto.




4-page article in EXCELLENT lifestyle magazine


April 6 - 2015

Only available in the Netherlands.



Highest bidders LINDA-Foundation-Portrait ready!


April 5 - 2015

Today the highest bidders of the auction for LINDA.foundation came to collect the portret I made for them.

They were delighted with the result, so I am satisfied!

LINDA Foundation



NEW YORK CITY - my art at the AAF


March 26 - 2015

MZ Urban Art (a division of Monkdogz) the gallery that represents my art in New York City, has taken by art to the Affordable Art Fair which takes place from March 25-29.

On the opening night yesterday, already 3 works were sold, so that's just great! On the image here, taken by the New York organization 'Collectrium', gallery owner Marina Irwin Hadley with 'Complicated'. The AAF runs until Sunday, so if you are in New York, take your chance!

Affordable Art Fair NYC



OPENING Solo exhibition at Galerie De Kei.


March 16 - 2015

I was really overwhelmed by the big crowd showing up at the opening of my solo show at Galerie De Kei, in Nuenen, The Netherlands.

I've been working very hard to create new paintings for this show, and it was worth all the energy! Thanks everyone for your great reactions, the purchases and support! And thank you Winny Muller (owner of Galerie De Kei) for the great cooperation, since 9 years already!!!



My art in Germany.


February 23 - 2015

I am very proud to announce that from now on my art is represented by Metropolitan Gallery & Gregs Gallery in Hamburg HafenCity and Timmendorfer Strand - Germany.

 

Metropolitan Gallery & Greg's Gallery in Hamburg HafenCity recently opened its doors, with a grand opening show of the breathtaking art of Lita Cabellut. The galleries are situated next to eachother in the heart of Hamburgs thriving HafenCity. Although it might feel like entering a museum, of course entrance is free and you are warmly welcomed by Greg and his wonderful team. No pressure to buy, feel free to enter and enjoy the awesome collection of art! In the gallery in Timmerdorfer Strand (situated at the East Sea or Baltic Sea) you can find a diversity of great art as well, and the philosophy is the same as in Hamburg.

 

 

Metropolitan Gallery - Am Sandtorpark 2 - 20457 Hamburg - Germany. 

 

Greg's Gallery - Bergstrasse 79 - 23669 Timmendorfer Strand - Germany.



New series


January 17 - 2015

I am working very hard on a new series of paintings.

I can't show any new results right now, because I am saving them for the upcoming solo exhibition at Galerie De Kei in Nuenen, The Netherlands which will take place from March 8 until April 13. However, a few very detailed close-ups won't do any harm. Furthermore I am very busy with several paintings on commission. So no time to lose! :)

 



New Year, new beginnings


January 1 - 2015

A very healthy, good, successful and filled-with-lots-of-laughter 2015!!!! I am very pleased to announce that both auctions for a good cause were successful! The Art-print which was auctioned for 3FM Serious Request raised €775,00, which really is much more than I could have imagined! The portret on commission for Linda.Foundation made €1700. Not as much as the usual price, but nevertheless a lot of money. I am really happy to have been able to help other people this way. Thanks to the people who made the biddings and thank-you-so-much to the people who made the highest bids.



Raising money for a good cause.


December 19 - 2014

2014 has been a great year to me. That's why I want to give something back to the world. I offered an Art Print for auction to 3FM. They raise money for girls and women who have been sexually abused all over the world. You can still bid on it for 2 more days!

And you can bid on a portret of you (your loved one or an idol) made by me on LINDA.Foundation, which support poor children in The Netherlands.



Art at EXCELLENT Fair, Ahoy Rotterdam.


December 12 - 2014

From Friday December 12, until Monday December 15 my art is represented by Galerie De Kei on the ART SQUARE of Excellent Fair, Rotterdam.

A large number of high quality galleries represents their art on this luxurious lifestyle fair of more than 20.000m2 in Ahoy Rotterdam. For more info check HERE

 



Sold out!


December 5 - 2014

In less than 2 weeks, 100 pieces numbered and signed by Anouk and me, completely sold out. I received a lot of lovely reactions! THANKS a lot to everyone!!



My work at Gallery 238 Amsterdam.


November 24 - 2014

Following to the release of the 9th album 'Anouk - Paradise And Back Again' (I painted the cover), upward of November 22 a selection of my paintings will be exhibited and for sale atGallery 238, Brouwersgracht 238, 1013 HE in Amsterdam

Gallery 238 focuses on modern Western and Chinese Arts. Top art. Especially original works (in this time of copy-page, copy page, copy-page .....). Many of the artists Gallery 238 represents, are artists they have been cooperating with since a long time: Lita Cabellut, Zhuang Hong Yi, Cole Morgan, Kantcho Kanev, Gerriet Postma, Susan Schildkamp, Toyin Loye, Ivo Nijs and Lu Luo, but also younger (Chinese) artists are brought by Gallery 238. In addition, the gallery also features different (original) work by Cobra artists such as Karel Appel, Corneille, Constant, Eugene Brands and Allechinsky. Also the gallery can rely on the collaboration of several (inter)national topgalleries.



ANOUK and ESTHER launch limited edition fine art print.


November 21 - 2014

An example of the (not signed here) Fine Art Print 70x100 cm Collectors Item - Exclusive Fine Art Print - 100 pieces only!!!  I am proud to announce the launch of a numbered and signed Fine Art Print in unique collaboration with the famous dutch singer songwriter Anouk. Signed by both artists in an exclusive series of only 100 pieces. Printed with high-quality ink on special paper. (more technical info can be found on the order page) The print is an image of the entire painting which is used for the cover of Anouk´s new album ´Paradise And Back Again´. ONLINE SALES start SATURDAY, November 22, 09.00 hours (CET).



Not in my wildest dreams.


September 16 - 2014

My art on a concert poster! Not in my wildest day dreams did this idea ever occur. But now it is for real!

+...

→ On the cover of Anouk's new (9th) album 'Paradise And Back Again'

→ On the cover of Entertainment Business Magazine.

→ In several news papers.

→ On hundreds of websites and blogs....

Just WOW......



Painting for ANOUK!!


August 30 - 2014

At the beginning of March this year, the manager of Anouk (THE rock star of the Netherlands who is also very well known internationally) approached me, to ask me if I was interested in painting a portrait of Anouk. This painting would become the cover of her new album, a huge honor! It was both a challenge and a FANTASTIC assignment! When I showed Anouk the result, she immediately loved it, which made me extremely happy! The album was scheduled to be released in November, so I had to keep my mouth firmly shut!!

But now it is out in the open! Last Wednesday, Anouk herself revealed the cover on her:

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

The international media immediately spread the news. I am completely overwhelmed by the wonderful reactions that Anouk, as well as I, have been receiving ever since. About half of the original painting (90x150x4 cm) is shown on the cover. A special scan of the artwork will be made, which will be available as a Limited Edition Fine Art Print in 2 sizes. As soon as I receive the prices, I will announce this, so you can pre-order if you are interested!.



Laaaaaarge abstract paintings.


June 22 - 2014

I am working on several very large abstract paintings. It's a challenge to create large size paintings in my recognizable style. I have to adapt the movements, to achieve the same result. It's really fun and I will continue to expand the new MONUMENTAL-series



Q&A - Questions and answers for art students.


April 5 - 2014

On a regular basis I receive mails from students all over the world, with questions on my work. Replying them cost me a lot of time. Since I do not want to disappoint anyone, I always do reply. But from now on, one can check this blogpost, which I will complement with new Q&A's every now and then.

1.

Q: How do you design your paintings?

A: My abstract paintings arise on the canvas layer by layer. No sketches! My figurative paintings are based on sketches and pictures.

2.

Q: What tools do you use to get the different textures?

A: I use brushes, palette knives and my hands.

3.

Q: How do you come with the names for your paintings?

A: They arise during creation of the painting.

4.

Q: Why do you have features that are realistic and parts that are abstract?

A: For the simple reason that I like to create both!

5.

Q. What paint do you use?

A: I use acrylics.

6.

Q: Do you also use a medium to make the paint thicker?

A: No, and don't use a medium.

7.

Q: Can you post a video to show how you work?

A: No.

8.

Q: What does art mean to you?

A: My life. I can't live without. It makes everything more beautiful, meaningful. And by creating it myself, I can express myself.

9.

Q: When did you discover art?

A: I grew up with it. My father is an artist as well. It went playfully.

10.

Q: According to you, are there any limits on art?

A: Yes and No! Yes, because some say something is art, when to me it is nothing more than putter-work. Yes, because some declare something to be a piece of art, which is totally incomprehensible to others. For example, a piece of rope, hanging down from the ceiling, amplified with some bullshit story. To me that is not art. NO (and now I am contradicting myself), because everything should be possible. If you observe the world the an open mind, there is so much more to discover! NO, because I myself, always say that there are no bounderies on my work, nor what it has to depict.

11.

Q: Does your mood influence the work you are creating? Or is the other way around?

A: What's going on in my body and mind, I express with paint on canvas. It's not only my job, it works also therapeutical. I only get moody, if I can't manage to express it in the proper way. But most of the time that is not the case!

12.

Q: Do you works come from a fantasy, or is it a copy of reality?

A: Both. The abstract works are no fantasy. It just arises, from the urge to express 'my reality' with paint on canvas. Next it is to the spectator, to use his/her imagination. The figurative works are fantasy, but partially based on reality.

13.

Q: Do you experience fantasy as a kind of lust.

A: I do think so, yes.

14.

Q: In the 60's art started to appear in tv-commercials. Do you think commercials are art? Do you think art can be used for commercials?

A: Commercials are no art, it is pure marketing. But it absolutely can be made very artfully!

15.

Q: Do you think the value of art is always equal to the financial value it sometimes gets?

A: Absolutely not. Sometimes a piece of art is worth much more, than what someone wants to pay for it. But most of the time, it is the other way around. Works of old masters and a select group of contemporary artists often are sold, through auctions, for disproportionate high values. In my opinion they may be worth a lot, but the millions and billions that are now issued for this are completely insane.