Harry van Gestel unveils largest series of new works in 10 years

Dutch artist Harry van Gestel unveils largest series of new works in 10 years

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Amsterdam, 20 October 2015

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.

The work of Harry van Gestel is a statement of freedom. “by letting my intuition guide me, and by doing so to create in pure freedom I let the artworks communicate. The work stands for an altruistic and free world where everyone is free to completely be who they are.” says Harry van Gestel. The artist never gives a title to his works, and thus also thinks his new series should remain untitled. “Titles for my work are of no added value whatsoever, and I believe they destroy the expression of the work and the personal interpretation of the viewer.” the artist says.

The Harry van Gestel gallery is located in the city centre of Amsterdam, in a small alley behind the Royal Palace on Dam square. This has been the artist’s gallery and studio since 1998. On lucky days collectors can find the artist working on a new piece right in the gallery space. Private presentations of the artists work, and even mid-night viewings can be booked through Vault17, the artists management.

The new series of works are unveiled next to the recently published short documentary about the artist. The short documentary gives the viewer a look inside the world and works of the artist. It tells of the start of his career in flower art, his time in Taiwan and the USA, and his collaborations with auction house Sotheby’s. For the first time, fans and collectors around the world get an all round insight into the life and history of Van Gestel, and the philosophy that drives the person and his art. The documentary was made by creative agence Cuculus collective and art agency Vault17.

(Link to the video: https://youtu.be/ouKZBtQOaOY )

Since the late nineties Van Gestel regularly shared a selection of his works with auction house Sotheby’s in Amsterdam for national and international charity auctions. In 2006 Sotheby’s organised a grand retrospective show of the artists work. Former business development director and art historian Mr. Max Hemelraad describes the artists body of works as “Vast and Significant” and “Beyond any -isme”.

The exhibition starts at the 3rd of November. For more information go to www.vault17.com or www.harryvangestel.com .

Harry van Gestel Gallery
Torensteeg 3
1012TH Amsterdam

Opening hours:
Tuesday till Saturday 11.00 - 18.00
Sunday 12.00 - 18.00
Monday by appointment
Private viewings by appointment

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About the artist

Harry van Gestel
Artist, writer, inspirator.

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. It was since then that Sotheby’s has auctioned his work for national and international Charities on a regular basis. Art historian and former Business Development Director Sotheby’s Amsterdam, Mr. Max Hemelraad, describes Harry’s body of works as “vast and significant” and “Beyond any -ism”.

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 Exhibition & Artist Statement

It has been almost 10 years since the Dutch artist has publicly unveiled of such a vast series of new artworks. The series consists of over 20 artworks with a dimension of approximately 2 x 2 meters.

Harry van Gestel on his work and his new series:

“Every artwork is a self reflection. It is a mirror image of myself at that moment in time. My oeuvre; a diary of my soul. The basis for all my works is freedom.

By letting my intuition guide me, and thus to create in complete creative freedom, I let the artworks communicate a message for an altruistic and free global society, and for each of us to be free who we truly are.

As an effect of this, If the artwork is granted enough time, and if the spectator is free to let the work confront them with their own pure emotions, the work will communicate most authentically and then the viewer is able to truly experience the work.

My artistic journey is a process that I call “confrontation”. It is the confrontation with the scope of the medium, with my own emotions, and with the need for renewal.

I give no titels to my artworks. They are of no added value, and I believe they destroy the works expression and the personal interpretation of the spectator.

I want to let people dream off to a world that they have never known before they saw my works.

What I love most about my new series is the visual freedom, the straightforwardness, and how pure the works communicate, they represent honesty.”

 

The Documentary
“Harry van Gestel - Gods of creation”

The short documentary gives the viewer a look inside the world and works of the artist. It tells of the start of his career in flower art, his time in Taiwan and the USA, and his collaborations with auction house Sotheby’s.

For the first time, fans and collectors around the world get an all round insight into the life and history of Van Gestel, and the philosophy that drives the person and his art.

The film was made by Cuculus collective. A creative agency from Amsterdam that are known to capture extraordinary and noteworthy stories and concepts through their films. It was their aim to portrait the unique life of Van Gestel and to give the global art world an introduction to the Dutch artist that everyone should know.

The film can be seen on the website of the artist, the website of the Vault17 art gallery, the Cuculus collective website as well as video platforms such as Youtube and Vimeo.

 

About The Harry van Gestel gallery

The Harry van Gestel gallery was founded by the artist early 1998. The gallery is located in the city centre of Amsterdam, behind the palace on Dam Square, in a small alley where on lucky days visitors can see the artist working on a new painting, since the artist’s studio is right in the gallery space.

It is a place where collectors, architects and interior designers from around the globe travel to to get their hands on one of the latest giant paintings of the Dutch Master.

The gallery only shows the work of artist Harry van Gestel, and is open from Tuesday till Sunday from 11:00 till 18:00. Private and even mid-night viewings can be booked through the management of the gallery.

 

About Vault17

Vault17 was founded in 2012 by director Thomas van de Meer. Now they are a team of young and energetic curators. The team manages multiple gallery locations in the city centre of Amsterdam, focusses on exhibition and artist management, collaborations with brands and work on Interior design and art crossover projects as well. They love to present contemporary art that tickles your brain, that is fresh, and that’s just a bit different. They work with both collectors and international brands from all corners of the globe, and offer their clients a personal and discrete online collectors platform to build their collection with. 

Vault17 offers its collectors fine art by both established artists as well as exclusive works by emerging artists from around the globe. These artworks are offered through the Vault17 Online art gallery, through the physical galleries managed by Vault17, as well as through a selection of vibrant exhibition spaces.

www.vault17.com

 

About Cuculus Collective

Three Amsterdam based artists expressing three different forms of art. That's what Cuculus Collective is all about. Robin Leevel, Woutair Koomen and Vincent-Paolo Corputty, together with their producer Itai Verhoeckx, create a place where film, photography and sound join into a professional product. 

Founded in 2013, in Amsterdam-Noord, Cuculus Collective has especially been loving to express emotions by means of images, art and sound. Their main goal? Telling amazing stories that will lead the public to a different time and space, away from reality. 

www.cuculuscollective.com

 

Visitor Information

Harry van Gestel Gallery
Torensteeg 3
1012TH Amsterdam

Opening hours:
Tuesday till Saturday 11.00 - 18.00
Sunday 12.00 - 18.00
Monday by appointment
Private viewings by appointment

 

Social media

Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/HarryVanGestelGallery

Instagram:            @harryvangestel

Twitter:                @harryvgestel

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#vault17

 

Contact

For more information, go to www.harryvangestel.com of www.vault17.com 

Press contact:
For interviews or photoshoots we warmly invite the press at our gallery for a private presentation. Please contact Mr. Thomas van de Meer for an appointment.

Thomas van de Meer

thomas@vault17.com

+31(0)645622607