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"Contemporary European Abstraction: Recent Paintings and Sculptures from Established Polish, French and Dutch"
2006-01-31 until 2006-03-25
Newmark Gallery
San Francisco, CA, USA United States of America

Newmark Gallery presents “Contemporary European Abstraction” - Recent paintings and sculptures from established Polish, French and Dutch opens January 31, 2006 and runs through March 25, 2006. Artists represented include Christian de Cambiaire (France), Jerzy Kolacz (Poland), Paula Evers (The Netherlands), Hans Vanhorck (The Netherlands) and Sjer Jacobs (The Netherland).

Christian de Cambiaire (France) is a native of Toulouse, where he continues to live and work. His reputation has remained on the cutting edge of European constructivist and conceptual art though out his fifty-year career. In this show, pieces from his sculptural series, Small Blocks 3D will be on display. In this series of work, de Cambiaire grapples with the concept of Cycle, as well as with difference and repetition. Working with a computer program designed by the artist, Small Blocks 3D arise from the same virtual structure which every time comes into existence, generating in an unfinished cycle always similar and always different forms.

Jerzy Kolacz (Poland, b. 1938) graduated from the Academy of Fine Art, Warsaw in 1962. Since 1963, his work has been shown and collected extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Kolacz has been the recipient of numerous awards for his paintings and graphic work, including election to the Royal Canadian Academy of Fine Art. Kolacz’s paintings are at once challenging and sensual, the control of his pallet is masterful and luscious which has influenced his parallel career as a renowned graphic artist, widely published in numerous national and international publications. Mr. Kolacz now lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Paula Evers (The Netherlands, b. 1942) much admired throughout Europe, describes her work as Lyrical Abstract, also known as Art Informel, which developed in Europe in the mid century simultaneous to, but completely independent of, the American school of Abstract Expressionism. Evers’ recent paintings explore two distinct but parallel paths. Standing figures press themselves forward in suggestive ways, as if present when the painting was initiated. In another series, landscapes arise in which single islands of form burst through empty spatial fields. Evers is a materialist artist, using richly textured paint as well as gold dust, crushed marble, sand and other substances to subtle but gorgeous effect.

Hans Vanhorck (The Netherlands, b. 1952) is an artist whose thirty-year career is a study in deconstruction and regeneration. Beginning with an early body of figurative work, striking for its rich sensuality, he has pursued, over the years, a self directed path which has led him deeper into a vigorous abstraction. Concurrently, he has immersed himself in an equally passionate examination of mythological tales that are passed down through generations in ancient societies worldwide. With every painting he digs deeper and comes closer to the foundation, the skeleton, which supports the skyscraper of culture These new works are mature and powerful.

Sjer Jacobs (The Netherlands, b. 1963) is a widely recognized teacher and independent artist in the Netherlands. In this show are exhibited bronze and ceramic sculptures, but Mr. Jacobs works in a wide variety of media and forms. Jacobs presents or groups his expressionist figures in a way that the spectator is compelled to look at every side, walk around or even through and become a part of them, in a way one finally is wondering who is really being observed. Human beings form his prime source of inspiration. Everyday people, with their looks, their behavior, their attitude, gesture and clothes, everything matters to this profoundly humanistic artist.

IMAGE
Paula Evers
Composition in Orange


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