Au palais d’Iéna. 2018

Au palais d’Iéna. 2018. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 40x50cm. (Private collection.)

At the end of March this year, AD magazine hosted a show ( AD matières ) on contemporary interior decorating at the Palais d’Iéna in Paris. It focused mainly on decorative painting, and other wall finishes ( mosaïc, straw, unique wall-papers…). I was curious to see the new trends, and visited the site with some expectation. Since the decorative world is rather small, I quickly realised that almost everyone presented works of a similar palette of colors, warm golden hues, sometimes just plain gold leaf or paint, brushed over, or combed, or mixed with a darker color, so much so, that I painted the place with warm earth tones, simply because that’s how I remember it.

The show in itself was not very inspiring. However, the location was. The place has a bahausian flair to it.  Coincidentally,  I am half-way through Nicholas Fox Weber’s book “the Bahaus group”.  I wonder if that had some influence on the choice of the subject and the way with which I painted it.

One, two, three, four cyclists. 2016

1234cyclists. J.Harms; - Copie

One, two, three, four cyclists. 2016. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

I came across a picture the other day, in one of my old memory cards. Four cyclists leaving Kilmartin, a Highland stop on a tour I took 2 years ago. It was at the time of the Referundum in Scotland, which explains the ‘yes’panel on the lamp post. The bright color jackets caught my eye and the process in which they departed. One after the other.

Exit royal. 2016

Exit Royal. J.Harms - Copie

Exit royal. 2016. J.Harms. 15x21cm. Acrylic on paper.

Edinburgh castle has many features which I enjoy painting. An elevated perspective, alcoves, unusual point of views, people wandering, and a layer of rich colors . The view from the castle, which I hope I’ll be painting soon, was extraordinary. This exit, which illustrates the end of my visit, opens on the enormous esplanade right infront of the castle. If you go straight on, it will lead you to the royal mile, another fine street.

 

Le Saint, les pélicans et le cycliste. 2016

Le Saint, les pélicans et le cycliste. 2016. J.Harms.

Le Saint, les pélicans et le cycliste. 2016. J.Harms. 29×39 cm. Acrylic on paper.         (Private collection).

On a Wednesday afternoon I was wandering around the old city of Crépy-en-Valois. The narrow cobblestone streets form a kind of maze in the old part of the town. For a while there I almost had the feeling of having gone back in time, until two pelicans and a light blue store front appeared  in front of me. As I was watching the peculiar sight, a young boy rode by on his bike. After all it was Wednesday, and there is no school on wednesdays.

 

On the edge of a precipice 2015

On the edge of the precipice. 2015. J.harms.

On the edge of a precipice 2015. Acrylic on white paper. 23×15,5 cm.

I began this painting at the beginning of January. Those who know Paris will recognize the Hermès horse perched on the roof of the building near Place de la Concorde. The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo happened while I was working on this picture. Somehow, something I had thought would be funny to paint ended up with a whole new meaning. Instead of the conquering animal at the top of the world, I saw the proud aristocratic horse on the edge of a precipice.

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