Max Werner & Shireen van Nieuwenhuyse
6–11 June 2022
Private View: 7 June 2022, 6.30–8.30 pm.
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Max Werner was born in Ghent, Belgium and he studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London. He taught printmaking in the UK and later worked with Art House Gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and currently lives and works in the USA.
Often triggered by simple observation of his immediate environment, Max Werner seems to love the challenge of an unusual composition, and the capturing of the diversity of light in the various places he travels to. Perhaps to get a deeper understanding of his work, it helps to know that Magritte is one of Werner’s favourite artists. Werner generally paints in his studio a few weeks after having seen his subject matter, using sketches and photos, but never relying on recorded reality. The end result is an image that evokes a mood, and which conveys what the artist felt at the time, rather than a faithful representation of the place described. This in turn invites the viewer to reflect on what it expresses.
“My work has been variously described as realist, figurative, descriptive and narrative. Sometimes even as having a touch of surrealism. I don’t think it can be limited to just one of those adjectives, and yet each one of them has an element truth in it. I am not a landscapist, a surrealist, or a realist etc… Yet perhaps, I am all those things at the same time.”
The paintings of Shireen van Nieuwenhuyse are richly textured and quietly expressive, reminiscent of the works of Mark Rothko and Tapies. Conversant in numerous techniques and mediums, Shireen evolved from creating ceramics and sculptures and paintings over the course of several years, drawn to the medium by her love of colour. Yet her instinct for three-dimensional pieces still remains as an influence on her current work. This is evident in Shireen’s experimentation with various materials which she incorporates into her acrylic paintings
Shireen considers herself an abstract expressionist, conveying her feelings and moods through the use of pigment, shadow and light. She draws inspiration from elements of the world around her, such as the colour, form, texture, and pattern of the sky, sea, mountains, and other natural terrains, and in particular in her recent work, aerial landscapes.
Shireen van Nieuwenhuyse is a British artist born in Iran and educated in the UK. She studied fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art and Ravensbourne Art College. She currently lives and works in Wyoming, USA
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