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9 November 2008 - 28 February 2009

Myriam Sardis (Paris)

'Empreintes - Imprints'

"For a very long time Myriam Sardis was obsessed by a desire to paint. For 30 years, volumes, balance and colour are her catchwords. Now she finally authorises herself to express and control her emotions on the canvas. Famous masters whom the artist calls her guardian angels guide her in this pictorial search. From the paintings of Soulages and Tapies she draws the courage for her own pictorial intimacy. Her work with the ellipse, signs and contrasts is based on slight modifications in time and matter. Slowly, alchemically, an identity develops.

Details of degraded walls, patina and rust, milky surfaces alternating with seas of lava; Myriam Sardis seems to want to seize or to reinvent sections of the universe between the grace of mineral radiance on the one hand and a sudden alteration of time on the other hand, reflecting the balance between her strength and her fragility."
Adapted from Pascal Even, Rupell Art

Myriam Sardis says about her work:

My pictorial search is the balance in composition and graphic, my approach is to transfer sensation with layers of mineral color. I work with marble powder, pigments, oil, lime/plaster on canvas and sometimes on wood. As an autodidact I have my guide, where I refer to, in Anoni Tàpies, De Stael, Debré...

"Taraudée pendant longtemps par un désir de peindre, demeuré en exergue, ou plutôt en attente, Myriam Sardis pour qui depuis 30 ans, les volumes, l'équilibre et la couleur sont ses maîtres mots, s'autorise enfin à maîtriser sur la toile ses émotions.

D'illustres passeurs que l'artiste appelle ses anges gardiens, et non des moindres, la guident dans cette quête picturale.

Dans la peinture de Soulages ou de Tapies, elle puise la force de sa propre intimité picturale. Une identité alors se forge et se sédimente, à la manière d'une secrète alchimie où le travail sur l'ellipse, les signes et le contraste, se fonde sur les altérités du temps et des matières. Détails de murs dégradés, patine et rouille, noyau lacté cerclé d'une mer de lave ; Myriam Sardis semble vouloir capter ou réinventer des pans d'univers entre la grâce d'une resplendissance minérale et une soudaine altération temporelle, reflet d'une adéquation entre la force et la fragilité de l'artiste affirmée."
Pascal Even (Rupell Art), extrait de l'annuaire visuel des arts contemporains

   5 October - 29 October 2008

Birgit Baumann

The painter Birgit Baumann was born in 1944 in Cammin
and died in September 2007 in Essen, where she had been
living for a long time.

1 September - 1 October 2008

Dan Hepperle

'Images of Silence'


08th June - 16th July 2008

Ulrich Brauchle

'near and far'


  13 March - 15 May 2008

Peter Royen

The Painter of Silence

Peter Royen, born 1923 in Amsterdam, is a true personality. For almost sixty years his energy, sensitivity and effort has gone into art. From the beginning, he strongly advocated 'freedom for art' and 'respect for the artist'. He has always supported and encouraged young artists from Düsseldorf, where the eighty-four year old has lived since 1946.

White is the dominating colour in Royen's work: white, often in contrast to deep black or yellow squares. He builds pictures of many-layered tiles which rise up, radiating a deep silence through the reduction of colours.

The well-known art critic, Werner Schmalenbach, about Royen: Of course he is, as you can see in each of his paintings, extraordinarily sensitive. But sensitivity is not really more than a raw material.   It is important what comes out of it. Peter Royen is making 'out of it' his silent, poetic, quietly breathing paintings - between the two poles of the strict order of the picture and the freedom of painting. He is a painter of the silence.


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