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 !

Neige fondante sur la place Niville. 2018

Neige fondante sur la place Niville. 2018. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 50x40cm.

The snow has begun melting, puddles are forming, but the triangle shaped “place Niville”, the second village square in my village retains a bit of its white blanket. Already the weather seems to warm up. I wish I could retain the snow just a little bit more.

November or Lili in the garden 2017

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November or Lili in the Garden. 2017. J.Harms. 29x39cm Acrylic on paper.

This is a view from my studio/bedroom. It’s late afternoon, the light is poor, but the flamboyant color of the dogwood is quite eye-catching, it brings a vibrant touch to this murky November day. Lili, my cousin’s daughter, is not afraid of the gloomy weather, she’s out and about doing what children like doing.

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