Galerie Mokum - Exhibition of paintings by Hans Deuss: From 13th February to 14th March 2010
Hans Deuss latest exhibition is on at Galerie Mokum from 13th February until 14th March 2010. His paintings tend to haunt the spirit long after visiting his exhibitions. His remarkable use of symbolism and his extraordinary technical ability have created stunning and disturbing - yet beautiful - images. Below you will find examples of his work from earlier exhibitions.
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De Tijdventer 2007 (oil on canvas) 30 x 30 cm
An eerie sense of a once romantic but now apocalyptic landscape. The statuesque trees are in full leaf and appear unmoved. The stone buildings, in contrast, have suffered dire trauma and are in a state of disintegration.
A furtive skeleton dons an overcoat – attempting to conceal beneath it a large clock. Death steals away with Time; skulking along and glancing back over its shoulder towards the sun to take one last look at the wonder of the natural world and its failed attempt at civilization. A giant tumbling dice has turned to stone and come to rest in the pile of fallen masonry littering the pavement – it seems the gamble of civilization has not paid off and luck has eventually run out.
Het Gezag 2007 (oil on panel) 15 x 15 cm
Again the viewer is presented with an image of a society in ruin. Empirical figures have become sloth-like and lazy; the distended stomachs a result of abundance outweighing need. Leaning on the remains of historical importance, with vestiges of past apparel and symbols of eminence, the group are engaged in wistful conversation. The sky is heavy, dull and lifeless and there is no sign of surrounding natural life.
De Uitzondering 2007 (oil on panel) 15 x 15 cm
Time has moved on and the group has increased in number. It appears that recent cataclysmic events have taken humanity to a point of no return. All theatrical props have vanished and colour has completely drained from the players and the stage.
In the distance, the overgrown metropolis has suffered a catastrophic attack. Ashen smoke billows across the sky and the figures huddle in despair and shock. Some turn towards the old sarcophagus for comfort; others stare at the ground in hopeless acceptance or gaze outwards in stunned disbelief.
Demonen van het witte doek 2007 (oil on panel) 38 x 48 cm
The viewer stands inside a decorative classical interior. The once sturdy stone pillars are systematically crumbling; rough wooden props and structured angle iron are hurriedly shoring up the walls and ceiling.
An artistís easel has been positioned overlooking a distant, flat landscape and has become surrounded by an abomination of life forms. Demonic figures are falling from the painted ceiling and are flying and hovering around the grided canvas.
A diminutive spectral figure enters from the wings, in questioning horror. The demons mock and jibe; they have broken the bounds and are now completely out of control.
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