L’Abbaye. 2019

L’Abbaye. 2019. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 48x63cm.

Early this year, my sister and I went to visit Royaumont Abbey. As is my habit in my work, I am constantly on the look out for a certain bouquet of lines in all things or places I see or go through. At Royaumont, what I thought was striking were the very tall trees bordering each side of the path leading to the Abbey. I especially liked their reflection in the water too, and the peaceful atmosphere.

Boat behind the window. 2019

Boat behind the window. 2019. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 48x63cm.

I recently (re)-visited Rye in Sussex. At first I thought about painting a couple streetscapes, Tudor style buildings and all, but for some reason my eye was more interested in the decorated windows of the old city. I usually let a couple months go by before revisiting my pictures, but with “B” day coming up, I feel a sense of foreboding in the air. This particular window with the boat, turns out to be more than that. A boat is a strong symbol of freedom, but this one is stuck behind a window…

Bull in the yard. 2018

Bull in the yard. 2018. J.Harms. Acrylic on canvas. 50×65 cm. (Private collection.)

A small satire of the U.S of A.

Road to knowledge. 2018

Road to knowledge. 2018. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 48×63 cm. (Private collection.)

On the first floor of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit Wisconsin’s college, there is a big window …

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.

Yearly self-portrait with noren. 2018

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Yearly self-portrait with noren. 2018. J. Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on red paper.

This year’s portrait was more difficult to paint than the previous years. I painted and discarded several before finally painting this one. Ten years ago, almost to the day, I left France to go to Japan, where I lived and worked for a year and a half.

It was a tough yet rewarding and meaningful experience. It was there that I found my artistic language among the many colors and lines of the cityscape of Nagasaki.

While living there, I got to witness traditional holidays, and seasonal events. I also visited craft shops, I began collecting art too, and sent home many things, like this noren, a detail of which I painted in the background. It now hangs in my bedroom.

Exhibition at the Château ! 2018

From May the 26th to June, 3rd, I will be exhibiting, along with 50 other artists, some of my paintings at the Château de Lamorlaye in the Oise region of France.

How exciting !

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