Brink, André – Jan Vermeiren. A Flemish artist in South Africa


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(Tielt: Lannoo / Cape Town: Tafelberg and Human & Rousseau, 2000)

Signed by the artist on the half-title. Text in English and Dutch (Dutch translation by Rob van der Veer). 4to; original papered boards with title in blind to spine and upper cover; no dustwrapper; pp. 133 + (ii); liberally illustrated with photographs of the artist and his associates and with reproductions of his work in monochrome and full colour. Fine condition though lacking dustwrapper. When facing a painting by Jan Vermeiren one often has the curious sensation – both unnerving and exhilirating – of being sucked into the vortex of another world a world in which colour is not a property or an attribute but a physical reality and a theme in its own right. It is a colour so rich with darkness and at the same time so luminous with mystery that it would seem the night itself has bled upon the canvas. This night is infinitely ambiguous conjuring up a remote North of tundras and steppes of medieval monsters of myths of Good and Evil its blues – ultramarine and prussian and cerulean and the occasional touch of cobalt infused with pruples and greens – suggestive of both pagan rites and the stained-glass windows of Chartres. But at the same time it is a night of the deepest South a night of Africa throbbing with subliminal sound and the shadows of lithe or ponderous predators.””

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