Incredible! The exhibition is open!

“Sol y Sombra – Sun and Shade”

The adventure of building up a non- virtual exhibition!

photos by Anki Fremark

Incredible! The exhibition is open!

Heading for a real live exhibition – adventures from an artists life!

We believed in it, we wanted it, we worked for it and we did it!
And nevertheless: Incredible! The exhibition is open!

In April we, the Costa del Arte Collective, had to cancel our well planned exhibition – as so many had to cancel events they were working hard for. So after the end of our (first?) lockdown we scheduled our next try for October.

Really great news

We have a very good press covering. We filled a wonderful spacious and luminous room with our art. We have an outside area and are near to the centre of the town of Fuengirola, just 3 minutes from the beach.

But nevertheless, the inauguration was coming nearer, the infection rate was increasing and so did our doubts. We became a rather excited about the opening. All security measures were installed, someone was guarding the door to keep the number of visitors right and no seats in the exhibition room, no food and all drinks outside.

We were lucky, four of our five members could come and organize the exhibition: Annabel Keatley, Anouk Slegers, Lieuwke Loth and I. It took many hours to build up the exhibition, but it was really worth it! Sally Hirst had planned to come but circumstances were against it. So she was with us in her thoughts. Four of Sally’s works were even on the wall! Complete representation of the Costa del Arte Collective worked!

For some reason we scheduled the opening for Thursday instead of the usual Friday – how I regretted it and later was very grateful for it. The nearer the inauguration came we learned, new restrictions were on their way! We wondered if we would still be able to open up the exhibition. But we did!!!

Happy Thursday!

Our visitors dropped in in reasonable numbers! We had time and distance to talk about our exhibition and art! The fresh air terrace with Lieuwke Loth’s beautiful sculptures and laser cuts was open to have a sip. Annabel Keatley went home safely to Granada province. How good we chose the Thursdays – The next day she wouldn’t have been able to come – the Granada province had to close its borders.

Sad Sunday with a bit of light!

We are grateful we could greet some art lovers in person! That was soooo nice!
After 7 days of opening we got the news about the community lockdown – which says that we have to stay inside the borders of our community which is not the community of the exhibition. We are happy to know, the exposition will be open till 24th of November for visitors from Fuengirola! The Gallery Art Club members and the Svenska Magasinet take care of it. So opening times are Mo, We, Fr 11h-14h and outside of this times by appointment. Call 639 914 839 to arrange a visit for you and your friend(s) !

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Sol y Sombra/Sun and Shade

The exhibition will run till 24th of November in FUENGIROLA, Gallery Art Club

Calle Quemada 8-10

Please contact me for a private visit with a small group here!

poster of the exhibition Sol y Sombra

Find more about the Costa del Arte Collective and the exhibition Sol y Sombra here.

Moving works and a moving title

The running exhibition in the the Gallery Isolina Arbulu in Marbella

I saw the introduction picture and the title of the exhibition some weeks ago when I was not yet in Marbella. But the painting and the title captured my attention at once and stick in my head. I was very happy that I got the chance to visit the exhibition which will run till 10th of November.

“Entre el dolor y la nada” by Pablo Mercado

Exhibition by Pablo Mercado im Galeria Isolina Arbulu in Marbella

I have visited several exhibitions in the private gallery of Isolina Arbulu. The gallery has it’s home in an impressive house that you find at the end of some up winding streets. Each time I visited an exhibition I was very pleased and surprised by her choice of interesting artists as well of Isolina’s ability to introduce the artist and the intention behind the art.

The title of this exhibition, which impressed me at once, refers to the writer William Faulkner and his book “The wild palms”.
“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”

Three themes are presented in the exhibition: Fragmented memories which were captured in two installations. One you can see here. The Limb of Theseus which tells about the continuation of personality even with replaced body parts. With the third theme – You stain on my skin – Pablo Mercado expresses a feeling which probably everyone knows. He does it in a very simple and incredible touching way. It’s worth reading the short introduction for theses themes ( see below). The different themes visually explore the strange ways our brain tends to work.

Isolina Arbulu gave us a very interesting introduction into the works by Pablo Mercado. His installation didn’t speak to me at the first glance but got a lot of meaning when looking at them with much more understanding. With this background they brought to light many associations and personal experiences in our small group.

The exhibition will end 10th of November. If you want to visit, please contact Isolina Arbulu (click the name). Visits are possible by appointment. I am convinced it will be a rewarding experience!

If you are interested to read more about exhibitions in the galeria Isolina Arbulu
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Look “Beyond the Horizon” in Marbella

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Fascination of Glas Objects

Sol y Sombra – Sun and Shade – a new exhibition of the Costa del Arte Collective

We are pleased to announce the opening of our exhibition “Sol y Sombra” on the 29th of October 17h – 20h in the Gallery Art Club in Fuengirola, Málaga. The show will be open from the 30th of October to the 17th of November. We are very happy to welcome you! That’s what we normally […]
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Sol y Sombra – Sun and Shade – a new exhibition of the Costa del Arte Collective — Costa del Arte Collective

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The perfect Illusion in Gallery Yusto y Giner and a Festival full of Art

A very simple little sign shows the interested visitor the way to the very impressively designed gallery Yusto/Giner, which is located in a POLÍGONO INDUSTRIAL in Marbella. Young people elegant dressed flock in droves to the opening of the new exhibition. Right at the end of the small street you see a huge gate that opens upwards like a garage door and can get a a glimpse of the spacious interior of the gallery.

The premises of this gallery are fantastic, high and spacious. They support the dramatic set up of the current exhibition “Before 1881” , the first solo show by the young artist Julio Anaya Cabanding from Málaga. “He reinterprets the works of the great classical painters in two ways. He works on discarded and deteriorated mediums, collected from abandoned places and rehabilitated in his studio, in order to give the a new identity in a different context.”(Text Yosto/Giner)

The artist creates a perfect illusion – the paintings to be framed by a real frame. But they are not. All you see is a perfect illusion created by a extremely skilled painter. The subjects of the paintings is a homage to Málaga, the birth town of the painter. He is referring to Málaga’s culture of religious imagery, the holy week, he coastal imagery and more.

Consequently the set up of the exhibition in the gallery just creates the illusion of sacred and religious spaces, a double illusion in combination with the paintings. One very impressive painting occupies the distant wall of the large gallery room.

The illusion of a concrete wall with broken bricks is perfect!

The feeling of entering a sacred place is also perfectly evoked here.

"Sacred room" in the exhibition of Yusto/Giner

And here you can admire the wonderful golden frames painted on the deteriorated mediums….. a perfect illusion!

The exhibition will be opened till 10th of September, by appointment only!


Walk under the night sky through art

Charming photo of the FestiArte exhibition in the night
FestiArte in the night

I’m preparing for an event of a very different kind. Together with more than 100 artists I will exhibit on the FestiArte in Marbella which will happen this weekend!
On Thursday the 30th of July, 62 tents will be set up for the artists on the Avenida del Mar. The Avenida extends between the Parque de Alameda and the Paseo del Mar. It is more of a square than an Avenida and is decorated with statues of Dali. A summer nocturnal life will unfold when the many tents are illuminated at night.

Here is a small selection of paintings , which I will take with me to the exhibition.
Together with my colleague Anouk Slegers from the Costa del Arte Collective we will exhibit in tent 20 and 21 and we will be very happy if you come to visit us! You are cordially invited!

Visiting times for FestiArte

The opening of the festival is from 17.30 to 24 hours, (Thursday from 19:30, Sunday until 22.00). The FestiArte is open from Thursday, 30th of July to Sunday, 2n of August!

Read more about the FestiArte here.

Read more about recent exhibitions in Marbella here. The featured image in the header is from the exhibition in EsArte Gallery.

Read more about Dieter Nuhr’s exhibition in Reiners Gallery here.

Get information on the FestiArte website here.

Read more about Fascinating Glas objects in Gallery Isolina Arbulu here.

Gallery Time in Marbella

A comment on our time in EsArte Gallery
and an exhibition in the artists home.

Life comes back to the art scene in Marbella. Many things are happening only in a weeks time!! Galleries invite for inaugurations, the FestiArte will show 150 artists and the author of this article invites you to see an exhibition in her home – in the “new normal”. Follow her tour through the exhibition at home on her videos.

I am so pleased to finally being able to visit galleries again and could not resist the invitation from EsArte Gallery and Yusto&Giner (both Marbella). And there is more: The FestiArte will open its tents Thursday the 30th of August. AND: I have prepared an entertaining visit of an exhibition at home for all those, who cannot visit my tent at the FestiArte.

I will update you the next days on the other art events. Read about EsArte gallery here:

A comment on our time: “Without smile there is no paradise”
EsArte Gallery

Three artists are showing in this very aesthetic gallery: Angela Lergo, Marifé Núñez and Amélié Ducommun. The under title for this exhibition is: “Art in a pandemic time”. The owner of the gallery, MARIFÉ NÚÑEZ, also participating artist, refers with her exhibition to our momentary present: the time in which we are obliged to wear a mask. In her art work, which I like very much, she focusses on the eyes. This focus gives me a lot of associations, like “language of the eyes” or “the true smile is only in the eyes” but also “big brother is watching you” – as he is here in Spain, with drones and helicopters to make sure that the infection risk is not too high. In Améliés works the world is hidden and slightly revealed behind a white veil. Angela Lergo shows many smiles without mask. Have a look yourself:

The “new normal” in the art world!

The “new normal” has taken over. As artists we had to look for new ways to contact our audience. Galleries, art fairs, exhibitions – every venue was closed, as you surely know! So the art community had to invent and experiment with new possibilities. On the website of EsArte Gallery you find a very nice tour into the gallery and can experience the beauty of the pace. Don’t miss the opportunity we are regaining now to see the exhibition in REAL. I don’t know, how long the exhibition will be opend an how the visits are arranged. Best to have a look here: EsArte Gallery.

Take the opportunity to visit my exhibition in my studio and living room at home!

Introduction to my exhibition at home

As I had no possibility since last year to show my art , I was very courageous and established an exhibition in my (home) studio and in our living room area. Great adventure and steep learning curve and excitement, I can tell you! I did this especially for my newsletter readers as a pre-view for my show at the FestiArte in Marbella which will be this week. This tour is only available for a limited time. The videos are accessible till Monday 27th of July till Midnight, Berlin time.

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Great Art Night at FestiArte

Great art nights at FestiArte!
Marbella 30.07.-02.08.2020

This is the first great exhibition which is planned for Marbella:
The FestiArte will take place in one of the prominent spots of the town. More than 100 artists in 60 tents are waiting to show their art and chat with the visitors! You are invited to have an exiting art night in a wonderful atmosphere!

I am real exited to participate in this event. It’s my first exhibition this year in which I can participate in person. I am so much looking forward to this event, to meeting the visitors, to a lot of chats with friends, the other artists and my collectors!

Charming photo of the FestiArte exhibition in the night
Great Art Night at FestiArte

Magic atmosphere strolling between artists and their art

I participated last year in this event and I loved it. Such a great atmosphere! A bit like a huge family on a campground. The atmosphere is fantastic and it’s great to stop by here and there and chat with the artists about their art! Like last year I will have a tent side by side with my fellow artist from Costa del Arte Collective, the symbolic painter Anouk Slegers. Come and visit us! We cherish rather similar color palettes, but our art couldn’t be more different!


As the exhibition will take place in high summer, the opening times are adapted to the weather: The FestiArte will open its tent doors daily from 5.30 pm to 12 midnight. So you will be sheltered from the heat and enjoy a magic and warm Mediterranean evening between art and artists and between the Alameda Park and the sea! I am sure it will be memorable art nights at FestiArte.
Last year a lot of tents also opened in the morning for their visitors.

The opening will be on Thursday, the 30th of July at 7.30 pm. Check out the FestiArte page fort time overview.

The excitement of preparing an exhibition

It’s always exciting to prepare an exhibition – so many things to think of. Which paintings to take, what has to go to the framer first, which materials do I need and much more. Its especially exciting if you have to hang your art in a tent that was not made for hanging art!!! On top: stronger winds may be expected!

If you want to visit my home studio…..

I topped this excitement by preparing a special “virtual home studio visit” which will be accessible a weekend before the FestiArte for my newsletter readers. I want to give a chance fo those who are not around to participate a bit. AND: As I am so super happy to finally have the chance to meet in person with a lot of people, I will make a special offer for a restricted time to my newsletter readers. They will have the first choice to reserve a painting which is on the list for FestiArte. A lot of work is waiting for me, but also a lot of fun! If you are interested in be included in this information, join my newsletter list at the end of this post!

Preparing the special offer

Some complication that don’t really help

I just wanted to open the mosquito screen for the cat and the little carpet was not flat – thats all what it needs to complicate your life! Fortunately it’s only a pulled tendon, but the doctors advice is to not walk and keep the foot high. So that not real a great help for preparation ….

Hope to connect with you at FestiArte – otherwise via my newsletter?

Last year in FestiArte – would be lovely to meet you this year!

I will do my best and I am positive to be at my tent – if necessary foot up. Fortunately I have as a great helper and organizer my husband at my side!

If we cannot meet in person, you can get news about this exhibition, the offer which goes with it, about exhibitions I visited and news and insights into an artist life by joining my newsletter list – always possible to cancel it when ever you feel like it!

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Looking forward to meeting you there!

People strolling through the FestiArte exhibiton

Fascination of Glas Objects

Marbella Galeria Isolina Arbulu presents fascinating glas objects by Gala Fernández

This was a great surprise! I had seen some photos of the glas objects and was a bit reluctant to visit the exhibition – I tent to visit mainly exhibitions with paintings or photos. But as I like the Gallery of Isolina Arbulu and like to know what is happening in the art world of Marbella I made an appointment. How good I did it! I found fascinating glass objects in Marbella! It turned out that these glas objects had the power to fascinate!

Please click onto the images to enlarge and see the whole picture.

Organic Geometry – a collection of fascinating glass works

The exhibition “Organic Geometry” is part of an experimental project, a series of glass vases blown inside handmade copper wire geometrical structures by the artist and designer Gala Fernández Montero.

Nicely presented in a very puristic surrounding, getting their very special light that creates an interaction between the shadows and the objects, the glas works develop a special magic. The longer we looked at them, the all the more they revealed to us their special character and the more enthusiastic and fascinated we were. A good part of this was due to the sensitive comments of the knowledgeable gallery owner Isolina Arbulu.

The charm of these fascinating glass objects for me is a mixture of vintage atmosphere, workplace atmosphere and the poesy of an art work. I especially liked the transparent objects. They reminded me of places where fisher have their nets and you see these transparent glass balls. Some feeling of the good old times come up.

Award winning artist in Marbella

This exhibition was planned for March and like so many others had to be canceled. The artist had seen the venue but was then stuck due to the Covid 19 crisis and didn’t yet have the chance to see her exhibition. But next week she will fly over to Marbella and visit the gallery.

Gala Fernández Montero is a designer and artist. She is the winner of the ELLE design award 2020. As Isolina told us, she likes to look at her art work as usable objects – many of them can be turned into different positions and be used to hold things or be used as a vase.

Gala Fernández has moved between Spain, Italy, Mexico, France, England and Germany; He currently resides in Milan. He collaborates with international companies such as MOROSO and Sisley, although he also self-produces many of his design-art collections. Gala is artistic director of the AAMURANO blown glass line.

To see this fascinating glass objects in Marbella is definitely worth a visit. Isolina Arbulu is in the office mostly in the mornings. Best to make an appointment and enjoy the encounter with the art objects. Find all information here on the website of Galeria Isolina Arbulu.

See more about exhibitions in the Galeria Isolina Arbulu here: Look “Beyond the Horizon” in Marbella

Find another interesting exhibition still running in Marbella here: Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Contemporary Art Marbella

Read about an exhibition open till August in Málaga: A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

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A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

A place to go to in Málaga!
Juan Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

This was my very first visit to a museum since February this year, when I went to see the exhibition in the Museum Jorge Rondo, a secret tip for Málaga and definitely another place to go to in Málaga!

The CAC MÁLAGA is a temple for contemporary art. It has its home in a spacious and “clean” white building. Mostly three exhibitions are running at the same time. We visited the incredible show “Lacomba. Aqui a lo lejos”.

Having all the art for us alone!

For me stepping into a museum is like entering another realm. For me its a place of contemplation and joy. After a short fever measuring and putting our masks we were allowed to visit this great “free of charge” museum. Setting my feet into this temple of culture after long months of cultural starving was an incredible feeling. Seeing the paintings of Lacomba so wonderful set in this great environment was sheer joy. The more as it was a very specific Corona experience: we were the only visitors to have all this art for us – well watched by the personell of the museum. From this experience I can say: a museum is definitely a place to go in Málaga or elsewhere in these times. Maybe better to avoid the weekend.

Paintings of Lacomba in the CAC Málaga

The show features the Sevillian artist Lacomba. “Here in the Distance, curated by Fernando Francés, reveals the artist’s fascination with the landscape of Doñana and its marsh from the mid-1990s to the present day. The show surveys the last three decades of his artistic career through 179 small and large-format canvases, including several works that have never been exhibited until now. Here in the Distance conveys the artist’s engagement with and immersion in nature, seeking beauty and mystery with the aim of establishing an intimate rapport with viewers.” (Quote from the CAC website).

I haven’t been yet to the landscape of Doñana, which is a nature park with a lot of water and marsh land. But I spend my holiday some times in a place in New Hampshire where I also find wild landscape and a lot of water and millions of little animals and flowers, plants and insects to be observed. The paintings immensely reminded me of my experience in those holidays when I visited this wonderful woodland!

An impressing nature experience

Looking at one painting shows that they seem to be very simple. In combination with others it is a great feeling, like looking in a water landscape and seeing thousand little things. The color experience as well is fascinating.

Looking at this painting really gives the experience you have, when you look on to a reflecting, flickering water surface. But really elated I was by the views of these assemblies:

Enjoy a bit of the exhibition with this short video:

Really a place to go in Málaga! It will be open till 30th of August. I surely will go another time and have a look at my Photos from the Woodland in between. Maybe there will something occur in my art again?!

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The chance to see my next exhibition will be in Marbella on the FestiArte from 30.07 – 02.08.2020! Stay tuned to get detailed information! When you are in the area I would be very happy to welcome you. You find intime information in my newsletter.

A place to go in in Málaga!
Juan Lacomba at the CAC Málaga!

If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss these exhibitions

If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss…

Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Contemporary Art Marbella

If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss these exhibitions. In Marbella there are two gallery shows I am interested in and I would like to recommend. Both galleries – run by knowledgeable, charming gallerists –  present new shows in June/July. I visited the presentation of Dieter Nuhr’s large-format painterly photographs – in the “new normal” style- masks obligatory – at Gallery Reiners Contemporary Art.  The gallerist Flor Reiners offers visits by appointment ( phone 628374676) , Email: flor@reinerscontemporaryart.com
Thanks to Gabriela Berner, journalist of the German SUR I can show you here her article on the opening of the show of Dieter Nuhr!

Here is a little sneak prewiew into some photos to be seen. Due to the “New normal” and the fact that this was the first time after months to put a feet into a temple of art and on top to get to know a new gallery, I forgot t take photos. Two of the paintings you can see in the exposition in Marbella and more of these great works. I added two paintings from other exhibitions to demonstrate the size of this wonderful painterly photos that tell stories of Dieter Nuhrs travels worldwide. They guide our view on walls that show many layers and have seen many events and many years pass by. The work of time.

The exhibition will be open till 6th of July. It is open by appointment for 6 persons with masks. (Flor Reiners; 62803740674) or flor@reinerscontemporaryart.com

Read here (in German) the article about the exhibition of Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Cotemporary Art Gallery. Many thanks to Gabriela Berner, a journalist of the German SUR, for letting us read her article on this page and providing me with two images!

If you happen to be in Marbella and are interested in art and art exhibitions, you might be interested in joining my newsletter. Next time I will write about an exhibition, which I haven`t visited yet but hopefully will see next week. The exhibition promises to be interesting. The gallery Isolina Arbulu, Marbella, presents Gala Fernandez Montero – Organic Geometry. It will open tomorrow , 12th of June, by private invitation.

If you happen to be in Málaga, you might be interested in this very beautiful exhibition:

THE CAC MÁLAGA PRESENTS JUAN F. LACOMBA IN HIS MOST IMPORTANT EXHIBITION TO DATE

The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga presents a retrospective featuring the work of Sevillian artist Juan F. Lacomba. Here in the Distance, curated by Fernando Francés, reveals the artist’s fascination with the landscape of Doñana and its marsh from the mid-1990s to the present day. The show surveys the last three decades of his artistic career through 179 small and large-format canvases, including several works that have never been exhibited until now. Here in the Distance conveys the artist’s engagement with and immersion in nature, seeking beauty and mystery with the aim of establishing an intimate rapport with viewers.” ( Quote from the webside of CAC Málaga).

I will write about the exhibition in one of my next posts.
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Gallery of Isolina Arbulu

have a look here: “Beyond the Horizon”, which was a beautiful show of two artists, a photographer and a sculptress.

sculptures with view on photos Galeria Isolina Arbulu

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Gaucín – Looking back to the Open Studios 2019

The Open Studios Gaucín had to be canceled like many other art events. The 17th  edition of this beautiful and inspiring event was  scheduled traditionally for the last May and first June weekend. Here you can grasp a bit of the art and the atmosphere we all will miss. Enjoy a memory stroll of Open Studios Gaucín 2019!

For me the Open Studios Gaucín have a special meaning as it was the very first art highlight 7 years ago when I came to Spain. I am really sad ( and I guess a lot of others too!) not to stroll through the beautiful village,  to visit the studios and discover the works and enjoy the chats with the artists.  And I will miss the nice break in one of the many fantastic restaurants!

Walk through Gaucín 2019

This was

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Perdidos en el tiempo y perdidos en las galerías

A veces me siento un poco malhumorado.

Olvido los días, las fechas y la hora, vivo sin reloj. Me siento como flotando en el tiempo, no hay direcciones, no hay “límites duros”, no hay citas, no hay obligaciones. Sólo me despierto y repaso los asuntos diarios que todo pasa en la casa ya que no debemos salir de ella. Comencé una serie llamada “Perdidos en el tiempo”. Son sólo dos pinturas todavía, pero parece que podría ser más.

Estoy en una burbuja de tiempo. Por un lado me siento como alimentado por tanto tiempo en mis manos, por otro lado me siento como en un barco sin timón. Estoy a la deriva, pero hay una corriente que me lleva en alguna dirección. Parte de la corriente es la pintura.

En este tiempo especial cambié mis hábitos de pintura. Estoy en una burbuja de tiempo. Por un lado me siento como alimentado por tanto tiempo en mis manos, por otro lado me siento como en un barco sin timón. Estoy a la deriva, pero hay una corriente que me lleva en alguna dirección. Parte de la corriente es la pintura.

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Las pinturas “perdidas”…….

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Lost in Time and Lost in Galleries

Sometimes I feel a bit moody.

I forget days and dates and time, I live without a watch. I feel like floating in the time, there is no directions, no “hard limits” – no appointments, no musts. Just waking up and going over the daily business that all happens in the house as we are not to leave the house.I started a series called “Lost in time”. Its only two paintings yet, but it feels like it could be more.

I am in a time bubble. On one hand I feel like nourished by so much time at my hands on the other hand I feel like in a boat without rudder. I am drifting, but there is a current that carries me in some direction. Part of the current is painting.

In this special time I changed my painting habbits. I started to paint on paper – only on paper. Canvas, the underground I normally like to use, seems too durable, too long lasting. Paper is light, smaller, drifting, more open, not so serious, qualities that all seem to be more appropriate for this exceptional time. With paper I paint flat on my working table, which faces the window instead of working on an easel that makes me stand for light reasons with the back or the side to the window. So I contemplate for many hours the view, which is beautiful but now it shows a huge building place. They are building new houses in my earlier green zone!

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Hidden paintings

The other day I was a bit moody and longing not only for a long walk outside but was missing my paintings. More than 50 percent are locked-in as well, they are in galleries and a showroom! Now they are “Hidden Paintings”! In a little restaurant in Mijas I installed a beautiful wall with some larger paintings. They are hidden since 20th of January!

Paintings in Alboca Gastro, Mijas

Hidden Paintings in Gallery van Gerstel, Marbella

Hidden Paintings in Gallery Saphira & Ventura in New York

In October 2019 I delivered in person 12 paintings on board in this beautiful gallery in the heart of New York City.

I was so fortunate that some of them were part of a group show in February. Since then they are locked down. Now time goes and all the galleries are closed since long. New York is one of the most hit city by the Corona Pandemie. Who knows, when galleries and museums are opened again?

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New works in the Artist Support Pledge!

Good news! Three – inbetween four (!) – paintings will go to a new home – as soon as the post offices open up again! It’s not a week yet that I sent out my newsletter about my participation in this wonderful initiative! (Want to know more about Artist Support Pledge? Click here!)

My Costa del Arte Collective colleague Annabel Keatley and I, who participate in the initiative of the Artist Support Pledge have event got the attention of the local press! The article is announced for next Friday! Its wonderful that we got so much attention through the internet! Especially as all art shows in Spain are canceled. We had planned and prepared for an exposition in Fuengirola “Sun and Shade” which should have started 20th of April. Of course is not going to happen. Hopefully we can open it in autumn.

We are still in a very strickt lockdown which was just prolonged till 10th of May. I sincerely had hoped for the permission to do some sport for an hour or so outside. But that seems not to be in the new decisions. My rescuer will be the trampoline – finally the new elastic bands arrived! Its a urgent contrast to standing and sitting work at the computer or the easel. So the trampoline is the only possibility to simulate running at the moment!

With the extended confinement I will have more of this special time to contemplate the view from my window – which I often do as it is beautiful – but I never used is as a source of inspiration for my paintings. The stand-still inspired me to do two exercises: a literal-stand still in my place and concentrating on what is in front of me AND to do the opposite of a stand still for my mind: move to do new things. This very special time gives a lot of chances to think about life.

Here they are, the paintings of the series “From my window”. The middle one is one of my rather realistic paintings and features the view. I love the bold colours in the flowers and in the “Building houses”. I am aiming to capture more the spirit of a situation than the real view of it. The flowers are out bursting in the planter of the balcony with the most incredible red and greens. The tropical garden holds a bit of a dreamy landscape (and is sold already to one of my newsletter subscribers). Enjoy!

New paintings

Still available

With a little tear in my eye but with a happy heart I will say “Good by” to these three as they have found very nice new homes:

They were the favourite obviously – they would have found other houses as well. This is the wonderful and the sad thing about most art works: they are unique. So if you buy an original painting your are sure to have an unique piece of art in your home or office.

If you like art + puzzles…..here you have a great choice!

More than 8 puzzles easy, medium and rather difficult ones are waiting for you! Each of it an art work from me! You don’t need a huge table, just your computer!

Click onto the painting or the caption to get there!

2018GL03 Pink house at the fjord

Have a good week! Take care and stay safe!

NOW is the time to buy art!

Dear Art Lover I am real excited! I bought a beautiful artwork made by my fellow artist Annabel Keatley.  You can see it a bit further  below! I have had the wish and plan to install in our apartment a gallery wall of small paintings by my artist friends for quite a while. But THIS was the final push to act:

The Artist Support Pledge

The Artist Support Pledge is an initiative started by Matthew Burrows, a painter based in London. It gives artists the opportunity to support other artists, and at the same time make some income in a time when we need alternative ways of showing our work. The idea is that the artist offers for sale works under € 200,  by posting them on their social media platforms (Instagram) and tagging them with hashtag #artistsupportpledge. When the artists have made € 1,000 due to sales, she or he pledges to buy another artists work for the total of 200 Euro.

Based on trust, generosity and community spirit this initiative is bringing artists together and is also a great way for art lovers to find new artists and buy affordable art. 

I couldn’t wait for selling enough because this was an opportunity!!!  I have been in love with Annabels paintings for so long. The watercolor captures a view of Cabo de Gata by Annabel Keatley. See more of her work on her website and Instagram account.  
In the following I am presenting my first available works, so as to give you first option before my posts go live. 

I sent out a newsletter two days ago and today I started to post my available works on my social media accounts. Already three are waiting to be shipped to their new home!
You find me on Instagram here:  oppellandhampelart and here on my Facebook account.   If you don’t have one of these accounts you can follow my Post News on my website www.artgoppellandhampel.com by subscribing at the bottom of this page. 

All paintings are offered unframed. Due to the post office being closed here in Spain, I will ship as soon as its possible. Shipping is not included in the price.

If you would like to buy a painting please get in touch and I will mark that painting sold when l put it up on my Social Media feed. 

This is my first choice for the Artist Support Pledge Initiative

I choose works on paper. Most of them have been created during the lockdown.

Each of these paintings is ca. 41 x 30 cm , mixed media on paper and sells for 170 Euro. 

Each  painting is ca. 50×32 cm, acrylic or mixed media on paper and sells for 200  Euro.  If you wish so I  send the painting with a white mat (passpartout) that can fit a standard frame. They will be signed in the front.

Last not least: Two paintings on stretched canvas!

More interesting art news here: 

I have been writing in my Blog News about my private initiative to reward with one of my
“Desert Trip Prints” those who donate more than 100 Euro to a welfare organisation in their community! I already had the pleasure to be rewarded with an artwork of my artist friend Anne Bedrick of whom I copied this idea. Read all details about the rules here: 
Do something for your community and be rewarded with art!

Here is something to spend your time joyfully (hopefully not stressed!) with art:
Why you might be failing some paintings ……because they are puzzles! 
This is a link to two digital puzzles ( a simple one and a complicated one) that will reward you in the end with the completion of one of my art works! Have fun!!

You find more puzzles of my art work on this puzzle page if you look for my name. This is my latest puzzle and painting: From my window: Plants are blooming again!

A happy and peaceful Easter and best health for all of you! Take care!

Click onto the painting or caption to reach the puzzle!

From my window: Plants are blooming again

A Secret Art Tip for Málaga

I love to create art and I love to visit art. Málaga is a city with a great richness of museums, some very famous names included as there are: Picasso Museum, Thyssen Museum, Contemporary Art Museum (CAC), the Russian Museum ( from San Petersburg) and the Pompidou Museum and many more.

A very special place….

“The only expressionist museum in Spain”, so labels Jorge Rando, the owner, curator and painter, his privat museum. He has strong links to many European countries and was just recently with his paintings in a great show in China. He also has strong links to Germany. When I visited the first time I saw an exhibition of paintings of Käthe Kollwitz, one of the most known German female artists of the 20th century.

This time the visite gave the chance to see a wide spectrum of the works of Jorge Rando, exhibited in 5 or 6 showrooms.

The museum is situated in the yet not so developed and posh areas from Málaga (which adds to its charme!) and has a rich cultural life of its own. Its definitely worth a visit and worth to check out the cultural program!!!!

I visited the museum, which was founded 2015, for the second time. If you are looking for a place of art that also gives some room to contemplate, this is your place! Great atmosphere, very interesting exhibition, no entrance fee! And if you love art books: a long wall full of this treasure in the Library! Sit down and browse the books! Museum Jorge Rando!

Look “Beyond the Horizon” in Marbella

This week I visited another fantastic exhibition in Marbella. The Gallery Isolina Arbulu , one of the treasure in Marbellas gallery world is worth to be discovered. Till end of March Isolina Arbulu is showing a very fine and silente exhibition – a combination of photos and sculptors that are in a great dialog with each other. The photos are taken during her activity as a consultant in the poorest regions of the world by ANGÉLICA ARBULU. Angélica tries to show the beauty in rather isolated places that don’t attract attention on the first glance. A wonderful match with theses photos are the taking sculptures by Málaga artist STELLA KAMAZÓN. Built from recycled materials the figures make a great link to the geographical areas where the photos come from. Stella shows nearly faceless figures which are lost in an other isolated world, the world of technique, phone and internet.

I was already taken by this wonderful combination in the entrance hall – such a great dialog between these two art works!

Here is a small choice of the art works to be seen!

The atmosphere of the gallery is very inviting, situated in a beautiful workplace. It has the notion of a very private house. We were happy to have Isolina as our guide and then the gallery for ourselves after having made a telephone appointment! Its a recommendation to make an appointment to be sure you meet Isolina Arbulu in person and get the interesting information about the exhibition.

I loved the title “Beyond the Horizon” and this description very much, especially as I was also engaged with the horizon when I working on my “Desert Trip Print Series”.

The Art of Design! Saphira & Ventura Gallery, NYC, is up!

I am very excited: The show is up! And I am in! Till 20th of Februar you can see this in the gallery!

NEW YORK

Saphira & Ventura Gallery till 21th of February!

6 of my paintings 12“x12“ ( 30×30 cm) are sitting in this mid-town New York gallery and are finally on the stage! Here it is: 5th of February to 21th of February you can see my paintings in this lovely group show having their debut in the center of New York. Wish I were there! ( The planning to do it in January has been postponed).