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Nirit Levav Packer

Nirit Levav Packer

Nirit Levav is an Israeli artist who makes sculptures of DOGS entirely out of recycled bicycle parts

During the years, after feeling the urge to create, Nirit realized she can't fulfill her herself or her calling by being solely a fashion designer. Parallel to her other occupations, Nirit started to explore creative avenues and broaden her
education by studying jewelry, pottery, ceramic sculpture and iron sculpting.

Nirit acquired most of her early training as an artist by the age of 25 at her father's theatre sets workshop. This atelier, often visited by renowned sculptures and painters, is where Nirit would spend her vacations helping her father. Her father, the late Tzvi Levav, a seasoned professional who never believed in the impossible, taught his daughter welding ,metal cutting and most important of all, not to fear experimenting with varied ideas and substances. This training was complemented by her mother, a crafts teacher and a hobbyist seamstress.

The variety of substances and crafts to which she was exposed from early childhood to late adolescence had a profound influence on Nirit's evolution as an artist. Her tendency and love for recycling go back to the mindset of her home and her father's workshop;: Nothing was ever thrown away and everything could be used to make something else.

During her creative time Nirit is constantly searching, inquiring and looking into the other, the different, the individual while experimenting with various materials that evoke her imagination. One of Nirit's passions is breathing life into matter. The manual labor involved in her creating process surprises and excites her simultaneously.

Nirit's early works emphasize her ability to create from a seemingly endless variety of recycled raw materials, metals such as rails, keys, old nails; and household items including light bulbs, mattresses, matches, clothespins, and natural materials like acorns, sunflower seeds, sea sand and gravel.

Recently Nirit has decided to focus on a single raw material – recycled bicycle chains, and on a single theme - dogs. The choice of substance was accidental – during a random visit to a bike shop, she asked for the shop's accumulated junk and received a box full of bicycle chains. The chains have proven to be a wonderful compound to work with, encompassing both her love for metals as well as her enthusiasm in getting to know the hidden flexibility and tenderness of them combined with the versatile range of movement they possess.

The end result is a collection called "HOW WOW", different dogs constructed from the chains. When asked about her choice of dogs as a theme, Nirit confesses that dogs are indeed her favorite animal. In her opinion dogs are the closest animal to humans in their ability to express emotions. Although quite often she is at a loss for words trying to define her process of creation she adds that for her it could be a moment of inspiration, during which she is deep inside herself, being swept away by something stronger than herself, and in flash of a moment she can visualize the final outcome, make up her mind and execute.

Nirit believes that each person has a unique gift and that if we look deep within ourselves and bring out the best in us, we can live in inner peace, influencing our surrounding both near and afar. For Nirit, art is a language without borders. Looking at a piece of art or a design transcends the artist, their nationality, gender, the color of their skin, education or past presentations. All that matters is whether the piece reaches out to the observers , moves them, and speaks the universal language that brings hearts together.

Picasso and Dali - Points of View - David Vela

Picasso and Dali  by David Vela  "L'oeuf dans l'atelier"

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Frank Fleuren

Frank Fleuren

frank Fleuren : born in 1961 close to maastricht in the south of The Netherlands.

A self-taucht and driven artist. He paints 'trompe l 'oeil 'in oils on wooden board .

Apparent stil - life images, frozen moments in time that visualize crucial happenings, inspire him to capture the subject's symbolism.

A rendering of his personal vision of what happens around him.

frank-Fleuren: geboren in 1961 in de buurt van maastricht .

Een autodidakt kunstschilder. schildert merendeel ''trompe l'oeil '' in olieverf.

Ogenschijnlijke stillevens . Momentopname's die cruciale gebeurtenissen visualizeren, inspireren de kunstenaar

de symboliek van deze voorwerpen vast te leggen.

Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith

"The lolita´s represent innocence, defying the viewer with the strength of their youth, youth in our times is almost exclusively confronted with an empty sort of ambition within the economic system in which they are supposed to find a place for their future. Their imagination about life and how to express and experience it (may) exist only in their spare time which is already becoming less, virtually their entire education is set to prepare and to have a secure future.

About Alexander Smith,

The paintings by Alexander, by Frans van Heel.

The search for expressing and appointing the sense of being and human existence can be seen as the beginning of Alexander’s artistic development. This search, which started in 1997, was soon doomed to end up in a labyrinth of ideas and concepts. With a certain irony a new and dynamic development arose at the moment when he was able to unhook himself from this search. But to make this new development fit in the desired shape it was necessary to leave the current movements of modern art.
It was in this proces that Alexander started to realise that it wasn't so much the sense of concept which he wanted to show in his paintings. It was more the sharing of his admiration for the existing beauty around him that took his attention. As beauty was a matter that always fascinated him, he now was looking for a beauty which consisted only in its most pure form, existing only in and by it self. With this new insight he also found a connection to the conceptions of Zen-buddhistic art. The concept that beauty is not created by the artist but is revealed by adding or leaving out certain elements is greatly admired in zen-buddhistic art. Next to the Zen-buddhistic arts, Alexander has a great affinity to the old Dutch Masters who where specialized in painting landscapes with the famous Dutch skies.
This approach to beauty helped Alexander to find a more suitable expression for his own conception of a beauty. After making several studies in 2001 he arrived to a point where he was able to make some paintings in which he was coming to what he saw as an expression of pure beauty. The studies that I mentioned consist mostly out of landscapes which are characterized by a certain visual exuberance and romantic drama concerning the overwhelming beauty of nature. But already in these studies we see that Alexander is using the idea of revealing the beauty by letting us look at a extensiveness of an almost abstract landscape with impressive clouds and leaving out most of the distracting figurating elements.
In his following work, ‘Conceptions’, we find that this method of leaving out the figurating elements is showing us an even more abstracting form. His paintings are becoming a sort of still lifes, short moments with just a few branches, a tree or some leaves in contrast with a blue, somewhat threatening clouded sky. All painted in a most delicate manner. The branches sometimes seem to be characterized in a deathly or wintry fashion by the absence of leaves, budds, flowers or fruit.Â
This suggest that there is a strong feeling of melancholy in some of his works. When we look at the ‘studies’ and then at the ‘Conceptions’, a striking difference reveals itself. As we look at the studies we see that the center of perspective is pointed to the horizon while the center of perspective in the ‘Conceptions’ is moved to a higher point of view.Â
When we look at the way the paintings are made we see that Alexander uses a highly realistic and delicate way of painting details. The purpose here is to show nothing but what he is seeing himself. He doesn’t want to add a certain emotion or impression by using a more expressive or impressionistic approach. It is not so much the technique or the expression of the artist what matters. Only the beauty in a serene silence and a minimum of distraction to the viewer should be illustrated by the artist in the most realistic way possible. The skills of the artist serve the purpose, to reveal a pure and serene beauty.

F. van Heel
MA cultural and historical sciences and close friend

Jantien de Boer

Jantien de Boer

Woont en werkt in Groningen.


2008–2013 Klassieke Academie voor Schilderkunst, Groningen

2007–2009 MA Moderne en Hedendaagse Kunstgeschiedenis, RuG

2003–2007 BA Kunst- en Architectuurgeschiedenis, RuG

Beurzen en Stipendia

2013|14 Start-up beurs Stichting Coba de Groot

2012|13 Studiebeurs Labberté-Hoedemaker Fonds

Andere activiteiten

Najaar 2013 Deelname aan tv-programma ‘Sterren op het Doek’ (MAX)

2013 Docent Compositie aan de lichting “Jong Talent” van de Klassieke Academie


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