Harry van Gestel Tapestry

To walk and lie on a real Harry van Gestel artwork

The artist Harry van Gestel is mostly known for his large sized abstract expressionistic paintings. Now he has taken a step towards another artistic industry, the interior design market, by launching a series of exclusive art carpets.

The 62 year old Dutch artist has been known to show his paintings in unique ways. Most often his studio gallery in Amsterdam has his 2 x 3 meter large canvasses hanging on the ceiling or laying on the floor. Some American collectors even come to the artist’s studio to specifically choose a work for their ceiling, the artist states. With this new series the artist presents his work from another perspective by using his painting designs and exhibiting them in the form of a high end tapestry.

After asking the artist about his inspiration behind this project, Harry van Gestel states: “There is an inevitable distance between a painting and its beholder. By turning my compositions in to a tapestry you are able to feel the artwork, lie on it, live on it, and make love on it. This gives people a completely new way to experience my work”.

The large sized art tapestries, of roughly 1,5 by 3 meters, are launched by the management company of the artist: Vault17 art gallery. The art carpets are hand made in India and made from high quality New Zealand wool. “We wanted to make the carpets from an impeccable quality, which can only be done by the very best in their profession. The creators of these carpets are undoubtedly artists themselves, and so in a very true sense the Harry van Gestel carpets are a collaboration piece between Harry and the artists in India” gallery director Thomas van de Meer says.

The tapestries are made available in an exclusive series of 15 per design globally. The artist now has made only the first design available to the market, with another 5 designs being worked on. Some new owners might be reluctant to walk on one of their carpets and might prefer to place it on their wall. Collecting one of the carpets by Harry van Gestel is a bit more expensive than your average Ikea carpet. However the owner will have a true art piece in their collection, including an authentication by certificate.

Currently, the art carpets can not be bought in special interior stores yet, but can only be ordered through the Vault17 gallery. It also looks like collectors will have to wait some time before they receive their tapestry. “To produce one art carpet takes about 10 weeks. This includes the import of the wool from New Zealand, dying the wool according to the artist’s approved colours, the hand- tufting process, washing, cutting and sun drying. Collectors can expect to receive their artworks within approximately 12 weeks time from the moment they have made their order” the art gallery explains.

For more information go to www.harryvangesteltapestry.com or go to www.vault17.com

Contact information:

Harry van Gestel Gallery Vault17 Gallery
Mr. Thomas van de Meer thomas@vault17.com +31645622607