Fine Art Gallery De Twee Pauwen

Fine Art Gallery De Twee Pauwen Fine Art Gallery De Twee Pauwen
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De Twee Pauwen Art Gallery presents high quality contemporary figurative fine art with an emphasis on artists who use their technical skills to create their own visionary world. The gallery represents a range of distinguished Dutch painters and sculptors as well as renowned artists from i.a. Russia, Belarus, France and Belgium.

For this post I let someone else speak. Let me just add that we are showing Ali' s works within our exhibition " Light",...
30/11/2019

For this post I let someone else speak. Let me just add that we are showing Ali' s works within our exhibition " Light", which opens on December 15, 3.00 PM. We hope you will be there.

My name is Ali Mahmoud and I'm an artist. I studied fine arts in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Most of my artworks were full of colour, but then everything changed. War started in Syria and a lot of people I knew died. The colour in my works changed to darkness, as my soul changed to sadness.
Then I had to leave everything: my family, my friends and all my artworks. I travelled to Lebanon, to Turkey, to Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and ended up in Germany, hoping to start a new, safe life.
At the same time my sister found refuge in The Netherlands. I decided to visit her and when I did, my dear friend from The Netherlands asked me to visit him too. I travelled from the south to the north of this unknown country. After that time I did visit him many more times, slowly getting to know its culture.

After I told him about my art works, he found a way to get them back to organise an exhibition. I was delighted.
One of my friends from the Damascus Academy was living in Beirut, Lebanon. A city where a friend of my Dutch friend came from. When this friend and his wife travelled to Lebanon for a family visit, my family in Damascus managed to send my work to Lebanon. When our friends spoke to each other to set up a meeting, they found out they were just living 5 minutes away from each other in Beirut. He kindly brought back my works and we started to plan my first European exhibition.

Then another friend of a friend travelled to the Emirates, where my other sister is living. Before she moved from Damascus to the Emirates, she took the best of my works which I had at home with her to keep them safe. They met in Abu Dhabi and so I got more of my old graphics back. I was so happy.
Now it’s time to show the world here the dark side of my home country, war. This work reflects my feelings, my experiences and my soul. I hope nobody will ever forget that life has such a dark side, while everybody is concentrated on searching for light.

One of my favourite paintings by Victor Muller. He very often paints topiary, mostly as a background for his still lifes...
30/11/2019

One of my favourite paintings by Victor Muller. He very often paints topiary, mostly as a background for his still lifes. Topiary is the art of cutting hedges in all kind of shapes, often grown and kept over decades. It is a rather British oddity. In this work Victor painted the hedges in a form of the ruins of a cathedral, In this work the hedges are walls and grave stones. Wordsworth' Tintern Abbey comes to my mind.

Tania Kadracienka, "Voyeur".  The thing is, who is voyeur of whom? We, looking at a handsome swimmer? Or is he, looking ...
29/11/2019

Tania Kadracienka, "Voyeur". The thing is, who is voyeur of whom? We, looking at a handsome swimmer? Or is he, looking at you, behind his mirror glasses? It is a painting which shows strength, giving the idea of who looks at whom an extra tension. The model is worth looking at - am I?

Here is a painting in full by Mihail Dinisiuc. The artist by whom I posted a detail yesterday. This work is bought by th...
28/11/2019

Here is a painting in full by Mihail Dinisiuc. The artist by whom I posted a detail yesterday. This work is bought by the Foundation of Arts and Artists for the permanent fund of the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona (Spain). We will go and visit the vernisage of the exhibition where this work will be exhibited in Barcelona. Looking forward!

Detail of one of Mihail Dinisiuc new works. It will feature in his solo exhibition which will open on December 15th.  Hi...
27/11/2019

Detail of one of Mihail Dinisiuc new works. It will feature in his solo exhibition which will open on December 15th. His craftsmanship and the depth of his works is spectacular. We are looking forward to see his new works here soon! They are prepared for shipment!

A bronze sculpture by Erwin Meijer. She is called "Waterspiegel". which one would translate as Water-Mirror".  Yes, beli...
23/11/2019

A bronze sculpture by Erwin Meijer. She is called "Waterspiegel". which one would translate as Water-Mirror". Yes, believe me, sometimes Dutch is more expressive than English. It is a graceful woman looking at her own reflection. Her arms and legs, but above all her hair, form a bridge between mirror and reality. The sculpture will be part of our December exhibition "Light".

Well, at least I can give you an idea about this work by Hans de Bruijn. With its monumental size of 250 x 250 cm it sim...
21/11/2019

Well, at least I can give you an idea about this work by Hans de Bruijn. With its monumental size of 250 x 250 cm it simply is too big to have in the gallery. It does fit through the door, but it does not fit in the van, and there are only a few walls where we could hang it in a way which it deserves. We will get an alternative work for our December exhibition which you will get to see later on.

A painting by Janhendrik Dolsma, 120 x 200 cm. A festive view, the Dutch sky at its best. It is part of the December exh...
20/11/2019

A painting by Janhendrik Dolsma, 120 x 200 cm. A festive view, the Dutch sky at its best. It is part of the December exhibition in which we show works dealing in different way with representing light. I will be collecting it in a few days and we are looking forward to having it in our gallery!!

"Hide and Seek", by Erwin Meijer. A bronze made with great care and asks to be touched. The sculpture has a mild humor i...
16/11/2019

"Hide and Seek", by Erwin Meijer. A bronze made with great care and asks to be touched. The sculpture has a mild humor in it, but if you do not know the name, you do not miss the humor. The sculpture is enough in itself.

"Young Man with a Chrysanthemum" by Alexander Shibniov. A painting which has strong a strong link to the renaissance wor...
14/11/2019

"Young Man with a Chrysanthemum" by Alexander Shibniov. A painting which has strong a strong link to the renaissance works. This works reminds me of the portrait of of Federico da Montefeltro by Piero della Francesca. Well, This young gentleman has a much nicer nose indeed. We hope to display this work with some more of Alexander' small works in a month.

I just learned that in English flower still lives as painted in the Netherlands in the 17th century are called "Impossib...
13/11/2019

I just learned that in English flower still lives as painted in the Netherlands in the 17th century are called "Impossible Bouquets". Indeed, impossible they were as the flowers painted together are not flowering in the same period. Also their sizes are adapted to make a beautiful composition. Bas Meeuws is stepping in the footsteps of the old masters, making his photographed flowers into bouquets which are equally impossible and equally beautiful.

With infinite patience and care Meg den Hartog has painted this lace cloth. Meg has the technique to make lace look as i...
13/11/2019

With infinite patience and care Meg den Hartog has painted this lace cloth. Meg has the technique to make lace look as if it is real. But the nice thing with painting is that one can make reality nicer. A painter can steer the eye, accentuates some parts without the beholder noticing. Meg is working on a number of new paintings where her agility to paint cloth is used to the full. You will get to see the results soon.

Sami Briss'. painting of two friends having a coffee. The present autumn weather makes me enjoy the scene very much. It ...
09/11/2019

Sami Briss'. painting of two friends having a coffee. The present autumn weather makes me enjoy the scene very much. It is a time of being together and enjoy company indoors. Briss' shapes and forms, leaning on cubism makes one wonder what the two friends are conferring about.

"Model wearing a Kimono" , by Dinie Boogaart. It is a pastel.    Dinie's works in pastel have a very intimate character....
08/11/2019

"Model wearing a Kimono" , by Dinie Boogaart. It is a pastel. Dinie's works in pastel have a very intimate character. In these works in particular Dinie shows her ability of leaving out. The old adagium "less is more" is very applicable.

A work by Victor Muller, representing the river Styx.  It has been a while since I have seen it but it is a work I remem...
06/11/2019

A work by Victor Muller, representing the river Styx. It has been a while since I have seen it but it is a work I remember very well, as I really like it. Macabre? may be but that is part of life. It is a painting making full use of mythology in a contemporary setting.

The are everywhere now, Amaryllis flowers. They are almost voluptuous contrasting against their stem and leafs. These ar...
05/11/2019

The are everywhere now, Amaryllis flowers. They are almost voluptuous contrasting against their stem and leafs. These are painted by Hans de Bruijn.

"Silence". by Margot Homan. One of my favourite works by her. Or really, simply, one of my favourite works. It is a big ...
03/11/2019

"Silence". by Margot Homan. One of my favourite works by her. Or really, simply, one of my favourite works. It is a big sculpture and works very impressive. It is called "Silence", and more than Margot expressed silence with a face of a person who is pensive and hence does not talk, it also commands silence from everyone close to it.

I posted a photo of this newest work by Riccardo Bonsignori before. It has now arrived and given a prominent place in on...
31/10/2019

I posted a photo of this newest work by Riccardo Bonsignori before. It has now arrived and given a prominent place in one of our windows. The painting has a great depth to it, and the sky is overcast, giving the work a slight nostalgic feel to it.

"A Day at the Beach".  It is a painting by Dinie Boogaart and shows a cow with his legs in the sea. Indeed it is a work ...
30/10/2019

"A Day at the Beach". It is a painting by Dinie Boogaart and shows a cow with his legs in the sea. Indeed it is a work that looks totally natural, but really, a cow on the sea beach? It is - other than being painted very well - a painting that makes you look twice and again and it makes you smile. And yes, the cow looks at you and is bemused that you actually laugh at her.

A work by Alexandr Shibniov, painted in a very traditional way, egg tempera on panel. The artist has access to old timbe...
26/10/2019

A work by Alexandr Shibniov, painted in a very traditional way, egg tempera on panel. The artist has access to old timber and he takes pride in working on real planks of very old matured wood. His use of colours is limited, but of a beautiful richness. The story he tells are in a way of olden days, yet never painted like this before.

One of Saskia Pfaeltzer vases in porcelain, part of her series "Men in Bathhouse". She made these objects in China in he...
25/10/2019

One of Saskia Pfaeltzer vases in porcelain, part of her series "Men in Bathhouse". She made these objects in China in her very own style. The works are in a way classical, but yet very lively and with humour. A blend of East and West where - in this case - West has the overtone.

Hans de Bruijn painted this library scene. A private library that is. Books put in a way such that only the owner will b...
23/10/2019

Hans de Bruijn painted this library scene. A private library that is. Books put in a way such that only the owner will be able to find them. The lines of the books and shelves are - over all - vertical and horizontal. Then, through a door you see a Van Doesburg painting with his typical diagonal lines, contrasting with Mondriaan' s works. Indeed a layered painting by Hans, adding to the aesthetics of the work.

"Rolling Wave" van Janhendrik Dolsma. I have posted works by him quite a number of times. His works are mostly about clo...
20/10/2019

"Rolling Wave" van Janhendrik Dolsma. I have posted works by him quite a number of times. His works are mostly about clouds, sea and beach. With this work he focussed on just the sea. The rolling wave in green/blue/brown colours is doubtlessly the a wave of the Dutch sea. The wave is moving, rolling even though of course it is caught by the artist and still.

Revisiting a work by Eva de Visser, long sold. But the time of feeding birds is coming close and it is so nice to watch ...
19/10/2019

Revisiting a work by Eva de Visser, long sold. But the time of feeding birds is coming close and it is so nice to watch them. Here Eva painted birds flying about, as if they are a bouquet.

Enclosed one of Bas Meeuws' art works. We hung it above the gallery' s (fake, sadly) open fire chimney. When you walk th...
18/10/2019

Enclosed one of Bas Meeuws' art works. We hung it above the gallery' s (fake, sadly) open fire chimney. When you walk through the front door, there it is. It is the first glance you will have of the solo exhibition with Bas' works. This solo will be opened on October 20th, as usual at 3.00 pm. Bas' works alongside works of Peter Keizer and Emile van de Kruk is all about the beauty of nature, a feast to the eyes.

This morning I visited Daphne Jansen, the painter of this autumn nature scene. Her works are about nature and she is a m...
18/10/2019

This morning I visited Daphne Jansen, the painter of this autumn nature scene. Her works are about nature and she is a master in seeing nature' s beauty in every little nook and cranny. Here, a painting about autumn, nature getting ready for hibernation. When we walked out after it rained cat and dogs, we got showered by drops that were blown off the wet leaves in the trees above us. She called it "the second rain". Sometimes a new expression is so apt, that one wonders why it did not exist already. Well, "second rain" it is here to be shared and to be given its proper place in our language. Living in the North of Europe in autumn you will find the expression very useful, not just romantic!

Just two days ago I posted a picture with a sculpture by Emile van der Kruk.  Today he came to bring his works. The offi...
17/10/2019

Just two days ago I posted a picture with a sculpture by Emile van der Kruk. Today he came to bring his works. The office chair was one of them, which I did not yet know existed. It as an amazing work, life size and you get the idea you can just role it about. It is the very odd feeling of something so mundane and yet so very unexpected.

13/10/2019

We will have some new works by Emile van der Kruk in the gallery as from October 20. And also, for those who read Dutch, a the art magazine " Pandora". with an interview with Emile, and a number photo' s of Emile' s work. Just published today!

With works by Emile van der Kruk one cannot help to be mildly confused. Emile' s works are playing with dimensions, but ...
13/10/2019

With works by Emile van der Kruk one cannot help to be mildly confused. Emile' s works are playing with dimensions, but also with structure and material. He knows to surprise the onlooker by making contrasts in his sculptures. What looks deep is actually shallow, what are tender objects are made in his rough and direct manner. His material often is given a second meaning. Here a small table, which looks as if it has a square top, but it is no more than a dimensional trick. And wooden furniture does not really burst into leaves and branches. Yet, it looks as if it is natural. One could also look at it as if it is a critical note regarding the use of wood. Wooden furniture is made of trees, these are felled somewhere.....

One of Bas Meeuws' compositions with flowers. His modern interpretation of the 17th and 18th century flower still lifes....
12/10/2019

One of Bas Meeuws' compositions with flowers. His modern interpretation of the 17th and 18th century flower still lifes. We will get his most recent works for an exhibition opening Sunday 20 October. There are new elements to be discovered, new ideas within the familiar. A number of works have just been shown in a museum within spaces with stark white walls. We are looking forward to hang them in our rather warmer gallery space. I think we will win.....To my mind these beautiful works are better still within warm surroundings.

Mihail Dinisiuc, a work in progress. It is a small part of a much larger painting. I will show you the entire painting l...
11/10/2019

Mihail Dinisiuc, a work in progress. It is a small part of a much larger painting. I will show you the entire painting later. This photo just to show Mihail' s technique and, indeed, also just a part of his painting is beautiful to look at. December 15 we will have a solo exhibition by this excellent young artist. We will keep you posted of course!

"A Portrait of an Artist" by Karel Zijlstra. A bronze of a strong and proud looking woman. Karel made her hair in little...
09/10/2019

"A Portrait of an Artist" by Karel Zijlstra. A bronze of a strong and proud looking woman. Karel made her hair in little shells. It somehow looks completely natural and yet making it intriguing.

The latest work by Riccardo Bonsignori, one of his refreshing sea scapes of the Mediterranean Sea. In the distance the o...
05/10/2019

The latest work by Riccardo Bonsignori, one of his refreshing sea scapes of the Mediterranean Sea. In the distance the outlines of an island, the sky is slightly overcast. Yet there is enough sun to show the intense colours of the waves. The painting is ready, drying on the easel before Riccardo can ship it to us. It should be here in three weeks we hope!!

Peter Keizer' s excursion into the night. A flurry of flowers in full light, contrasting with the dark night sky.  The w...
04/10/2019

Peter Keizer' s excursion into the night. A flurry of flowers in full light, contrasting with the dark night sky. The work is called "Be a Flower", yes indeed, go out and party!

A short while ago I posted this photo of an porcelain object by saskia Pfaeltzer. She made a few in China and shipped th...
03/10/2019

A short while ago I posted this photo of an porcelain object by saskia Pfaeltzer. She made a few in China and shipped them to The Netherlands. I took them as beautiful objects, without giving it more thought. That is, till Saskia mentioned that these kind of objects are used in the province where porcelain clay is found, Jingdezhen, as lamp posts and sent the other two photographs - porcelain traffic lights! It did make me realise that the objects by Saskia in the gallery could very well be used as lighting objects. Not, I hasten to add, built in as it was done with the traffic lights in China!

I am not a great fan of winter and indeed winter landscapes.   Actually, in earlier centuries winter landscapes were als...
02/10/2019

I am not a great fan of winter and indeed winter landscapes. Actually, in earlier centuries winter landscapes were also less sought after, so the fact that winter to the Dutch is not there favourite season and therefor not appreciated in art, is not new. However, it is a pity really, as winter colours are beautiful. Enclosed a winter landscape by Daphne Jansen. It has great depth and light. It is one of the very best of the collection we have in the gallery.

The Painting "Closer to Thou" 200 X 200 cm by Hans de Bruijn will be part of the exposition in the Hermitage Museum, the...
29/09/2019

The Painting "Closer to Thou" 200 X 200 cm by Hans de Bruijn will be part of the exposition in the Hermitage Museum, the Amsterdam dependance. The painting is incorporated in the exhibition "Group Portraits of the 17th century. A part of the exhibition shows contemporary works by, i.a. Hans de Bruijn. Works inspired by the 17th century portraits. On this work you might recognise Rembrandt's work "Anatomical class by Dr. Deijman". In this work Hans' s prime theme is ruins. Ruins of Rembrandt' s Leyden house, ruin of a painting (the work was partly destroyed by fire) and ruin of the human body.

This photo composition by Bas Meeuws is one of my favourites. Look well, you will find many details and symbolisms. We a...
28/09/2019

This photo composition by Bas Meeuws is one of my favourites. Look well, you will find many details and symbolisms. We are looking forward to his next solo in our gallery. We will present his new book. There will be quite a number of Bas' new photo' s on show.

"Flowers at Dusk" by Daphne Jansen. The wild flowers seem to be accidentally huddled together, in a beautiful park. The ...
27/09/2019

"Flowers at Dusk" by Daphne Jansen. The wild flowers seem to be accidentally huddled together, in a beautiful park. The landscape Daphne painted has a beautiful depth and colours.

Reflections.  In truth Dinie Boogaart called this great painting "Spiegeling".  However much I like my native language D...
26/09/2019

Reflections. In truth Dinie Boogaart called this great painting "Spiegeling". However much I like my native language Dutch, in English the title I would propose is "Reflections" which I feel is much better. Not only does it refer to the image of the girl who is getting dressed reflecting in the mirror. It also does more justice to the sensitivity of this painting. What is the girl reflecting on? To me this work reflects much more the personality of the girl than her looks.

A chair with a bunch of sunflowers. It is an object made by Emile van der Kruk who mostly works with wood. He cuts large...
25/09/2019

A chair with a bunch of sunflowers. It is an object made by Emile van der Kruk who mostly works with wood. He cuts large pieces in a rough manner, playing with dimensions and contrasts in an amazing way. It is different from what one thinks at first. The shape, the meaning, it becomes fluid in Emile'. s works. We will have a new collection in the gallery for the next exhibition.

Evert den Hartog's. sitting rhinoceros. It is one of my favourites by Evert. It has the combination of beauty, light hea...
22/09/2019

Evert den Hartog's. sitting rhinoceros. It is one of my favourites by Evert. It has the combination of beauty, light heartedness and yet it does not belie that the animal is strong and commands respect. There is a solid determination in this sculpture, even though he is seated and looking a trifle in doubt as to where to go. We all know that feeling I guess.

"Our Dear Bird", by Sami Briss. One of my preferred works, with the play of layers of blue, the shapes making a perfect ...
21/09/2019

"Our Dear Bird", by Sami Briss. One of my preferred works, with the play of layers of blue, the shapes making a perfect unity. Tempting to see a work about partnership and yet freedom. To paraphrase the Belgian motto "Unité fait la Face" Liberté fait la Force in a couple.

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