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Harry van Gestel is beyond any -isme
— Mr. Max Hemelraad, Art historian and Business Development Director Sotheby's
A mind altering experiece
— Mr. Dutta, Art collector Washington USA
This experience will truly live with me forever!”
— Ms. Pat, Art Collector USA

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Harry van Gestel

Short documentary

Harry van Gestel - Gods of Creation is a short documentary about Dutch artist and writer Harry van Gestel. It gives a peak into the mind of the creative master, his life's story, his artworks and his philosophy. This video was made by Cuculus Collective and Vault17.

We extend our sincere gratitude to all our friends around the globe for their love and support, and for sharing their photo and video material with us.

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Press release


Artist Harry van Gestel (Reusel, 1953, The Netherlands) is mostly known for his large and colourful abstract expressionistic paintings. Since 1998 he has owned his studio in the city centre of Amsterdam. Over the past years the artist has sporadically revealed new works to the market, but collectors have had to wait for many years to see the launch of such a large series of new works. The Harry van Gestel gallery has now started to invite collectors for private presentations of the new series of large works. The new works are unveiled to the public alongside the recently published short documentary about the artist.

The latest large series of masterpieces the artist unveiled was during his retrospective exhibition at Sotheby’s, back in 2006. Now almost 10 years later the artist presents 20 recent masterpieces for the first time, in a new untitled series of works. The artworks can now be seen in the artists gallery and from next year will be featured at galleries internationally as well.

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Harry van Gestel

1953, Reusel - The Netherlands

Harry van Gestel was born in Reusel, a small village in the south of the Netherlands in 1953. 
Van Gestel is best known for his large and colourful abstract expressionistic paintings. Throughout his career Harry has built an extensive body of works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, flower art, performances, poetry, tapestries and books. Through his international lifestyle and many international exhibitions he has left a trail of his art that reaches from Nagasaki Japan to Los Angeles USA. Art critics and collectors have described his work as: “A feast for the eye”, and “A mind altering experience”. The works of Harry van Gestel are featured in galleries, hotels, hospitals, law firms, museums (Nagasaki Museum of Culture), in the collection of private collectors, small businesses, multinationals, and even diplomatic collections.

Since 1998 Harry owns his own gallery and studio in the city centre of Amsterdam; The Harry van Gestel gallery.

Harry does not have a watch, no computer, and no agenda. Harry lives completely in the moment. This state of mind, the lessons learned through his international life, the cultures he has integrated in and the battles he has fought all come together in his artworks and his writings where Harry’s identity and soul are represented on the canvas and in the words.

The blue lines indicate the trail of Harry's career. The pink dots show the places Harry's work has been collected.

The blue lines indicate the trail of Harry's career. The pink dots show the places Harry's work has been collected.


Mr. Max Hemelraad, Art historian and former Business Development Director Sotheby’s Amsterdam on Harry van Gestel:

“The aims and principles of the Harry van Gestel Gallery can be summarised 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 primary objective of his life. He shares his energy and life experiences with all who enter his ambiance and view his colourful work. The visitor enters a world of dazzling colours 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 colourful 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 the Harry van Gestel 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 art historical 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. Harry 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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A small selection of works

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Harry van Gestel supports charities all over the globe through its foundation Mercurius Communicatie door kunst.

Het Babyhuis

Het baby huis gives a safe and loving home to babies whose mothers currently cannot offer this to their child, and have no choice but to hand over the care of their baby. By doing so Het Babyhuis enables these mother to restore balance in their lives before returning to care for her baby.

For more information go to www.het-babyhuis.nl


Nepal Earthquake victims

Together with Vault17 and John Jesani we support the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal. We have shared a selection of artworks of which 100% of the funds raised will go towards those in need in Nepal.

For more information go to www.vault17.com/nepal