Harry van Gestel
1953, Reusel, NL
Harry van Gestel
1953, Reusel, NL
- Max, NL
- Pat, USA
- Josh, UK
- Fan, China
Mr. Max Hemelraad, Art historian and former Business Development Director Sotheby’s Amsterdam on Harry van Gestel:
“The aims and principles of GAIA (Harry van Gestel Gallery) can be summarized in one word “sharing”. Much used in daily life, by many, the true meaning of the word is more than simply the equal division of individual pieces. More than anything else, true sharing is a spiritual energy. The artist Harry van Gestel has made the sharing of his energy and life experiences the primar objective of his life. He shares his energy and life experiences with all who enter his ambiance and view his colorful work. The visitor enters a world of dazzling colors and shapes, sometimes suggesting a vibrant intimacy, sometimes expressing a supersonic speed, deep silence of meditation next to a decorative single stroke of pigment conveying the message. Thus, the painter seeks to share his inner world with the beholder.
The fact that hardly any work has a title leaves ample room for the beholder’s fantasy to discover what the content of the message is to him or her personally; in no way the artist wants to limit his guest’s exploring mind. The work of art is the means of communication between artist and public, they share the experience of the inner impact and communicate without words.
The multitude and diversity of the messages that Harry van Gestel has created all over the planet, over decades, demonstrates how multi-facetted a man he is. His works cannot be labeled as any particular kind of art, the works are big and small, bright and colorful and in soft paste, bursting with explosions of color and intricate in their design and also quite minimal in the sense that one brush stroke can be enough. It is the variety of it all, that makes the visit to GAIA gallery an explorer’s trip, a feast for the eye and scrutiny of one’s own inner world. His oeuvre is vast and significant, his life’s ambition is to share with all those who are willing to accept.
No concept of the arthistorical analysis “catches” his spirit, which in my opinion is a very fortunate fact. Are we to speak of Expressionism, Impressionism, Minimalism or any other –ism? The ultimate freedom of the artist allows him to express al that lives inside of him and to share all moods and emotions. Hary van Gestel is beyond any – ism and the beholder is equally free to experience whatever the inner answer to the tickling of the retina may be.
Only time will reveal the place accorded to Harry van Gestel in history”
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