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Nuntius Artis - Transformationism - Visual poetry

18.12.2022

Nuntius Artis is a title that I won in 2021 at the Accademia de arte nel mondo in Rome while winning the international trophy ‘Hermes - the divine messenger.” The meaning of Nuntius Artis is a title of an artist, who witness what happens in the world.. 

Being given that title by one of the greatest authoryties in the international artworld makes me proud, because visual interpretation of everything that surrounds me, and is inside myself  is exactly what I have been doing all my life, and that's the task of a Nuntius Artist.

A surface liberated from classical compositions

The themes come spontanesly and intuitive however still in the figurative form. Hieronimous Bosh and Jan Vermeer were relieable visual poets of each their time however I am more fond of Van Gogh, Munch, chagall and Per Kierkeby. The path is the same, but the time changes, and inspires artistically different all the time. The way we perseierve this dynamic and transforming culture is clearly expressed in the rap and hip hop culture, in the stand up comedian show, where there are no limits for what you say. As long as you can relate to it, makees all themes legal subjects to share. And that's how it is with my painting as well. I express whatever I want to express, and often on the same canvas only tied up on a visual poetry of whatever touch me.

It all started in 1995 when I returned to Denmark after a longer stay in Peru. The first remarkable change that hit me immediately was integrating the computer at the user level in everyone's home and implementing the windows system in the way of common and daily operating.

It had to effect on visual thinking as well. Until then, compositions in the golden section or the harmonic gate had been dominant in the visual arts, but with the new technology, it became useful and common to consider several overlapping surfaces simultaneously, even able to control layers underneath. This substantial part has always been part of an artwork and will always be, but suddenly the underlying layers were more or less available. The surface was a free space filled with content to use, remember, or focus on - Chaotic, but a manifestation of human intelligence that was so magnificent and turned my visual aesthetical sentences upside down. 

The contemporary human's ability to hide behind a screen and multiple layers of emotions. A way to express immunity from being held up on one particular feeling. First, I produced a series of oil paintings composed of windows, and a wooden doll, the subject in the middle of these windows is a picture of the comfortable numb.

This way of composing in windows canged my way of composing, but they were not very well received, and that made me sad and confused. In 2012 I returned to the windows idea, but this time inspired by the rosary, I started icreating pictures with circle compositions. It appeared to me that composing in circles is a free and inspiring way of composing.


Watched

22.11.2022

"Watched" is an artwork consisting of abstract selfportraits. 6 small oil paintings 22,5 x 18 cm. Together it's an artwork 45 x 54 cm. expressing six different shades of anxiety by being watched.


Crises - What crises! - The best possible circumstances for artists

14.111.2022

The best art, best music and best theather / movies have always found its themes in the darkest times such as wars, inflation and disasters. Below a screenshot from one of my facebookposts showing some of the sketches I am working on right now for another thematical painting.


Artbox - Casa del Arte in Palma de Mallorca

24.10. 2022

My artwork "Refugee Corridor" Oil on canvas 80 x 65 cm. is accepted for the exhibition in Casa del Arte in Mallorca. This painting is my comment on the grotesque and sad situation from the war in Ukraine.

 


The "Con Giunti" project. Presentation and awards at the Cannes Festival

10.06.2022

The "Con Giunti project", which I am proud to be a part of, has started at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Attached is a link to an Italian newspaper article, telling about the artists, who cone to receive awards for being part of the project. I was prevented from being present, so I belong to the group, described as “The rest of the artists.” There will be another award ceremony in December, that I 🙏 can attend.

https://ilnuovoterraglio.it/festival-di-cannes-premiati.../


10.06.2022

Finished this gloomy painting this morning: "The Refugee Corridor" - Oil on canvas 80 x 65 cm.

Russia - Ukraine war that we can follow hour by hour via our electronic media is a grotesque and gloomy performance that extends far beyond one's vocabulary. The painting is dark and grotesque, and that's what it's supposed to be. It is releasing to put all the unspoken images that appear as the sensations and emotions that I, as a spectator, inevitably being left.


important news on the Atlas of Contemporary Art.

23.05.2022

A message according the Yearbook De Agostini, where I am featured on two pages:

"Finally, with great enthusiasm we inform you that the Atlas of Contemporary Art is the only yearbook of 2022 exhibited among the most significant books for Italian art in the Book Pavilion of the 59th Venice Biennale (Book Pavillion).

You can find it right at the entrance of the Gardens every day and for the duration of the exhibition (which this year is reaching record numbers of visitors), until November 27, 2022."


Certificate from Vatican Artists of Fame

The certificate from the Vatican exhibition. From my tour of Italy, which started almost a year ago with an exhibition of the Maco Museum at Ferrari's Castle in Veroli, then to a premium exhibition in Rome, on to an exhibition in the Vatican, another exhibition in Rome for collectors, then the Premium Capitulium exhibition in Rome , and then they proceed to a show at the Academie européene des Arts in Venice.


Con Giunti

06.04.2022

Now starts the project "Con Giunti," which is a comparative study between the art of the past and the art of today. It includes exhibitions at 3 relevant museums and concludes with a book and a concluding presentation at the Festival in Cannes.


The Venice Biennale presented by Artbox

31.03.2022

I am looking forward to showing two of my 2018 - 19 artworks on Artbox’s remarkable big screens at the Venice Biennale.


Art One Piece Collection 2022

16.03.2022

My Italy your, which started at Ferrari’s castle in Veroli, then the “Gran Premio Natale exhibition” in Rome, going on now: the Vatican Artists of Fame will continue to: “Art one-piece Collection 2022.”


Contemporary Art Curator Magazine - Butterfly project

14.03.2022

This morning I received a Certificate from Contemporary Art Curator Magazine to participate in the Butterfly project, an online show of selected artists.
 Contemporary has established its name by curating the best contemporary art from all around the world. It is one of the top
online contemporary art magazines.

Copy the link into your browser to see more:

https://www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com/online-exhibition-butterfly-effect/henrik-saar?fbclid=IwAR1PhImGl-4ee80EeC8do3u-rmf1bRUDujlI4e5Hh2Na0bOSAqIOvN0_8ss

 


The catalog Vatican Artists of Fame 2022

20.02.2022

The exhibition Vatican Artists of Fame is where I am being confirmed international art star.

WOW! I actually did it! I'm where I always wanted to be. I shall never forget the day in 1989, where I studied the works of Salvador Dali, and I thought: You can do that better. He was conceptual, and used empty symbols in a fancy way. I do nothing fancy, but I am for real. Not in a photo realistic context, but my art comes from my heart, from my soul, and is more real than real. I thake my artistic heritage seriously without trying to be fancy. It's truly a honor to be featured as Artist of Fame at the Vatican.I am mighty proud.

 


Started to work on a more precise description on my concept,

19.02.2022

As my concept, Transformationism was analysed, and recognized in the yearbook Atlante dell*Arte's De Agostini, It was like a green light to continue, what was first started as millennialism, and Transformationalism. Now in short term, I call it: Transformationism - The soft revolution, and from here on, I*ll start unfolding this new contemporary ism. I try always to keepit short and precise to easy share on social media in a jpeg or png.

 

Activity log: Sorted by resent event at the top.


The international Breakthrough analyses and confirmed in the prestigious Art Year book, De Agostini

10.02.2022

This morning I received another package from Italy. It was the prestigious, and monumental art yearbook, "De Agostini," on 958 pages, which has just been published with a reception at the Teatro Italia in Rome on January 28, 2022. Here I have properly written myself into world history, together with the other prominent personalities of world art over the past 81 years. It's an honor to keep them company with "Tired Legs."

 


The prestigious Trophy, "Hermes - the messenger of the Gods."

09.02.2022

Today I received a package from the Accademia Italia in Arte Nel Mondo, which I had been looking forward to receiving: The International trophy, Hermes Messenger of the Gods. I was corona prevented from attending the ceremony on December 18th, so it was not as festive as it should have been.

 

 


Featured in Fredericia Dagblad (local newspaper in Fredericia), Sunday 26 December 2021 On the Front

26. Dec. 2021

The three pages article is available on my facebook side: facebook.com/henriksaar


AWARD: HERMES - The Messenger of God

December 2021

International Prize:

Dear Artist,

This historical moment, which exposes the distortions and moral degradation of our contemporary civilization, imposes on us the moral duty to concentrate our intellectual and associative resources, to oppose the decay of the reality that surrounds us, by identifying and selecting Artists whose pictorial and sculptural Work meets the anticipatory requirements of the social changes of the times to come. Everything is part of the Sacred Philosophy of Visual Arts.

Since the Night of Time, each Artist has been able to paint and sculpt with significant acuity his own contemporaneity and, You, daughter and son of your "Time", done with intellectual honesty, but always with the commitment to tailoring your idea to the topic you want to address and the goals you aspire to and want to achieve.

While the world preaches freedom understood as an individual transgression, free from obstacles of every order and measure, tolerant of exception, you oppose it with philosophical clarity, in order to make man reflect on his dimension and on his complex relational relationship with his fellow men, affirming the transcendental principles on which you base your Art.

We have consulted with our Organizing Secretariat, the elements concerning your works, indicated by our Italian or Foreign Referents, and/or, by information extracted from authoritative Art Catalogues, and we have been able to observe how your Work bears the Seal of Sacredness and how each act you write through your working tools meets a providential need in the history of Art.

Our Experts believed that they considered Your Art in accordance with the principles enunciated by our Academy and, all this, beyond the grammar of composition and realization that you have implemented.

It is not up to us today to establish who will be the "Giorgio de Chirico" of this current century, but we are sure that your personal commitment will leave an "imprint", cultural and intellectual, in the field of Visual Arts.

For this reason, we have selected you for our High Recognition.

Your love for art admits no uncertainties or distractions but tests your ability to interpret, in a progression of evolution that manifests itself from Work to Work.

In you, there is no selfish research, but an act of giving to others.

It is a true, useful, interesting, and very current representation, created by an artist like you, who cares about his artistic heritage.

The concepts stated above refer only and only to Artists like you, whose grammar of composition is in conformity with the Intellectual, Cultural, and Artistic principles

Draftsman, Graphic Designer, and Painter, Professor of Visual Arts and Project,

Promotional and Urban Planning Systems Producer Opinionist of Art and Politics in

Online newspapers, Google and YouTube

MICHELE MIULLI

Art Expert Ofcer of the Carabinieri ®

evoked since always by our Academy Italia in Arte Nel Mondo-Cultural Association.

ROBERTO CHIAVARINI


TRiCERA International sales page

15th November 2021

I started working with TRiCERA. That is a Japanese Gallery specialized in international art trade. Only higly qualified artists are accepted, and each artwork goes through an approval process before it can be listed in the gallery.

https://www.tricera.net/artist/painters/8105526?fbclid=IwAR1kuldWeAh3HMWLj4HmEg8xaCLz5vAF4T2GgDriiD-hXH-7EjhyZRA4_zo

 


Status quo

November 2021

 My exhibition with Maco museum at Ferrari in Veroli, Italy continues untill November 1st. From here, the two paintings are sent to Gallery Il Collezionista in Rome for the big Christmas event: Grand Prix Dec. 3rd - 17th. Here I am nominated to an award for being the most voted artist of the year.
likewise is the Triennale in Rome still going on, and by november 1st I am going to sign a one-year contract with Paks Gallery in Austria. It’s Paks Gallery, which is going to represent me on at Carrousel du Louvre as well. Soon after (The date is not set yet), comes the reception on the prestigious Yearbook “Di Agostini” in Rome, where I am featured in the Art star section. That means International recognition of my artistical identity and style.


Biennals, Triennale and Danish Juried exhibitions

2021- 08 - 23

Four important exhibitions are shown here, but resently I entered the KE21 as well, an I have been nominated for the award, HERMEZ - The messenger of the Gods, by Accademia Italia in Arte Nel Mondo. 


KE21 - Artist's juried Autumn Exhibition in Copenhagen

12.10.2021

I got assumed my artwork, "Alive" - Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm. by the jury the show at the prestigious KE21 

 


Michelangelo's David - Trophy

July 2021

July 10th 2021 I received the prestigious trophy, "Michelangelo's David" + Certificate, and personalized art kritik by the Association, "Accademia Italia In Arte Nel Mondo" in Leche, Rome in Italy. 


Michelangelo's David Award

July 2021

The International Prize: "Michelangelo's David." by the Art Association " Accademia Arte Nel Mondo" in Rome. There is both a virtual exhibition showing six of my paintings, and a physical exhibition, where I sho my painting: "Time out"- Oil on canvas 65 x 80 cm. from 2016.


"ALIVE" - Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm. 2021

July 2021

This painting, inspired by one of my early drawings from 1989, is another example of a weird wizardly sense of what is just around the corner. When finishing the image, I got an invitation to a live broadcast event in New York. So I literary went ALIVE at the stage, just like painted here.


"Grateful after all - OMG!" - Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm.

June 2021

For this painting, I have used a sketch mirroring myself in1991 to express a rare sense of feeling comfortable in an extremely tough life. 

 


The International Triennale, Rome

June 11 2021

I was admitted on the Prestigious International Triennale in Rome already in 2020, but the event was postponed to 2021 because of the Pandemic. The Jury wished to show my painting, "Dante and the angel Virgil" - Oil on plywood 81 x 100 cm. It is one of my abstract paintings from 2001. Below are pictures from the opening from Teatro Bassa, and Impressions from Galleria Medina, where my picture was shown. 


10.05.2021

Since April 1st. I have been working almost every day 10 - 12 hours on this painting. A process work that I documented step by step on social media to give an impression of the kind of work it takes to create these almost abstract paintings. Here I have collected the process photos.



"Me and my mobile" - Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm. 2017

01.04.2021

Life as an artist has graduslly become more virtual. And through the pandemic that has escalated several times.


The girl from Florence - Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm

01.04.2021

In "The girl from Florence," I am inspired by a girl sitting next to me at the Florence Biennale Gala dinner in 2015. This motif attracts me with all its untold content, namely in the background, that is very little detailed. What is she looking at, and who is she? We only see her figure from behind. It all is somehow mysterious, and I like that.


A statement about one of my essential themes: Anxiety

01.04.2021

A few days ago, I made a statement on social media about one of my essential themes: Anxiety. I didn't use many words, but explained myself through pictures.

 I have struggled a lot with inner anxiety, and right from the beginning of my career, I intended to confront myself in my art, both in clay, in sketches, in painting, and poems.
I have attached a little collection of sketches to these early artworks from 1992.

 


A signature style - Impasto painting

25.03.2021

Art as natural as my signature
I get a lot of comments on the textures in my paintings. Many people wonder why I use these remarkable textures. I will try to give a short explanation here. Already as a teenager, I started experimenting with an alternative way of creating figures in my sketches. I discovered that my rhythm was essential for me to make my figures freely. I was sick and tired of the dictates of realism with drawings compared with photos. I wanted to reach a feeling of natural emotion whenever I used a pen or a pencil, just like a personal signature. Later, when I started painting, I found that same feeling after the first ten years of brushwork. Using a painter knife and impasto paint was almost the same as working with my rhythm in the drawings. Just like that, it became my way of painting. I feel free with the textures, just like molding in wet clay. The picture develops almost automatically in the mass of paint. Some of my paintings I finish in pure impasto, while others have been further developed for greater depth in color.

"My daughter, Marie Louise" - Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm. 2021



The prestigious art-book De Agostini publishing since 1940

09.03.2021

Another step forward, Henrik Saar! My application for the most prestigious art book, De Agostini has been accepted.
The Itallian text on the certificate says following:
“The privileged tool for international collecting * Art movements that make history * The most famous artists * The richest database on awards and quotations *
For high merits in the Fine Arts sector, the presence of MAESTRO HENRIK SAAR is attested in the third volume of Contemporary Fine Art published by De Agostini - 2021 edition.”


I am exited about attending De Agostini

11.03.2021

Why do I mention my presence in De Agostini as "Another step forward" - Is it really that important?

I am going to be featured as "Artistar," which will give me an excellent opportunity to present some of my art, that is not being featured so often. Take a sneak peek at some pictures and mentions about this famous art-book, and it may give you an idea of what I mean:)


CFA: Artists, who are the real architects of change

08.03.2021

A video from Circle Foundation of Art in Lyon, where I'm featured as one of the real architects of change.

Click here to see the video:  Circle Arts


Current Masters Volume 5 released

15.02.2021

Current Masters Volume 5, where I'm presented with two pages was released today with following description:

"The 5th volume of Current Masters, just released, features works by 69 noteworthy artists from all over the world, and provides a truly diverse cross section of contemporary art.

Each book published by World Wide Art Books is part of an ever-broadening annual chronicle of art worldwide, where each work is selected for its originality, aesthetic interest, and mastery of technique. Each artist’s presentation provides a separate chapter in the story of contemporary creative ingenuity and how art exists, morphs and evolves within our global modern society.

All the books function as a resource for art professionals, promoting work worthy of being collected and exhibited and as inspiration for the art lover who is keen on discovering and viewing wonderful artwork. 

To view the digital version of the book, visit our website at https://wwab.us/cm-5/

To order a free sample of the the print version, please contact us at orders@wwab.us."


My artworks from 2020 in review

08.02.2021

 It's quite an enormous work I have delivered from January 2020 until now. It increases a thrill, makes you feel in good mood, and motivated to continue the work when you take the past year in review and see that you develop yourself.


My son Markus Dietrich - Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm.

07.02.2021

Markus is about to become a young man. Soon he will be Christian confirmed. Right here in this picture, his appearance is a real teenager, and that was the challenge for me to show through my painting. A picture that clearly shows this boy in the fragile moment just before life is getting serious. In the background, I have painted two figures from the gamer world. A female and a male, or in a psychological term: Anima and Animus to guide him along on his way forward.
I'm very satisfied with the outcome, and happy that everybody else also in the painting sees the depth in that Markus they know.


Worldwide Art Movement

13.12.2020

Below you see the widget  for the henrik saar soloshow, released at december 13 2020 by Worldwide movement on the Art channel. Click on the headline, that will lead you to my videos, to see this show, that features most of my earlier paintings.


"My Liliana Soccorro" - Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm. 2020

10.12.2020

This is another portrait made in the same style as the previous portrait of my father. I am becoming rather confident with this change in my style, and next challenge should be to elevate my expressions to another level than before.


"A letter to my father" - Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm. 2020

November 2020

This painting, "A letter to my father," is remarkably different from the other images and has moved me in an unexpected direction: Portraits! 
It shows that I am excellent in this field. My mother ordered the artwork, who wished for a portrait of my father on her wall. My father passed away earlier this year, and we all miss him very much. At the revelation, my mother and my sister started crying as if they had just met him alive again. Sharing the picture on social media, I received many messages from people who knew my father, all confirming that I had captured the glance in his eyes, his entire being in that painting. I feel that he is very much alive in that painting myself, and creating it has been a healing process. My father was an architect, and I always sought his recognition of my work. The letter he is holding in his hand would probably say: "I miss you, dad, and look how good a painter I am becoming." And in a minute, he would say: "Thank you for the beautiful words."


Henrik Saar on Artsy

November 2020

Through my activities with Artbox, I am presented on Artsy.net - The best recognized online gallery for the world's leading artists.

 


The Art Fair Carrousel Du Louvre 2020

18.10.2020

The Art Fair Carousel du Louvre In Paris is getting closer: 23rd - 25th of October, and I will be represented there through Paks Gallery with my oil-painting: ”Mona Lisa Fatal” from 2010.

The event is postponed until 2021, because of the pandemic.

 


associazione culturale

25,09.2020

I was invited to become a member of the Associazione Culturale with good posibillities for exposure both online and physical, biografy, pricing and much more. For a beginning I decided to start carefully. I have lots of activities going on right now, so I have sent 12 photos representing my entire career as an artist 1989 - 2020. This resulted in a personal virtual exhibition starting on September 28.

See the virtual exhibition:




Juried exhibition: Art Arnhem

14.09.2020

I got my application recognized for the juried exhibition Art Arnhem, which is an artfair with a very stricht balloting.

 


From Artbox in Zürich

10.09.2020

This morning I received these photos from Artbox in Switzerland: Some impressions of the seven paintings I showed on big screens at the Swiss Art Expo in Zürich last week. Below I show two of the pictures, as it will be too voluminous to line seven photos up here.


Swiss Art Expo with Artbox: Zürich 2.0

June .2020

Paintings recognized for the Artbox Zürich 2.0 show.


Maestro Henrik Saar!

09.09.2020

Good morning Maestro Henrik Saar!

What will the postman bring today? an envelope from Arte del XXI Secolo. It's from Venice: A Catalog from the Biennale in the palazzo Zenobio written by the curator, the Honorable Professor Aldo Maria Pero, President of the Association Arte del XXI Century in Venice. Along with the catalog came a pile of business cards that I can use.


The Fire-cart - Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm. - Vintage style

05.09.2020

Vintage style
What is the meaning of vintage style?
You may say that it's the best of it's kind.
It continues a great deal of retro style and classical iconography, and I believe that my art has just this quality.

 

 


CFA Honorable certificate

October 2020

For participating in a Circle Art Foundation contest in Lyon, I received this Honorable Certificate for my impressive painting: "The Giants."


The Giants - Process

04.09.2020

Here I wish to show you an example of figurative process work. Those who use to say that figurative art is so predictable are wrong. I get surprised by my figurative paintings every time. I will even claim that it's a criterium for me to work with art at all: That I get astonished by the result.






Tomorrows See/Me Artist Feature

25.08.2020

From the See/Me event: Represent, I was selected as Artist i focus to represent my story. It was a portrait of me on instagram.

 

 


See me gallery

22.08.2020

I have got myself a nice presentation on the See/Me community in New York.

https://www.see.me/creators//henrik-saar

 


Academical prize:

03.09.2020

I Won a prize for the passion and quality of my artwork: "Angel station" - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm. at the International Academy of Signification, and had the great honor of receirving interpretating critics by the president Fondatrice, Prof. ssa Fulvia Minetti.

I have translated the Italian text into English below.

First message from the Academy of Arts and Poetry, Italy




The big MMXX stonemason - Video project finished

01.06.2020

Almost for a month I was struggling in front of the video camera with the painting "The big MMXX stonemason" - Oil on canvas 120 x 85 cm.

Everything went wrong, and as so often before, I painted it all black, scrabbed it all off again with a scalpel, and painted it in completely different colors than I thought I would do. It's one of the surprices with this painting: That even I myself am surpriced by the final result.

 

The process of painting



Started making posters and giclee prints

16.05.2020

My photographer started making posters from my drawings and sketches. Here a try with the sketch: "Headache," which I made in 1992.

We will be able to offer you copies and giclee prints on demand. That means, that if you have a favourite picture amongst my paintings, drawings or graphics, you are free to order a giclee print or a poster of it.

Don't stop to live - Video project by Paks gallery 15.05.2020

As I have a contract with Paks Gallery in Austria I participated with a group of artists connected to Paks Gallery in this videoproject at the UNESCO International day of living together in peace.

Click on the picture to see the video



A prestigious lifetime presentation At CFA

23.05.2020

As result of an artist of the year contest at the Circle Foundation of Arts in Lyon I got myself a lifetime affilate website under the Circle Foundation domain:

https://circle-arts.com/henrik-saar/

 


See / me - Sotherby's institute of Art: Art saves humanity

25.02.2020

Participated in the online event: "Art saves humanity" by See me in coorporation with Sotherby's Institute of Art.

 


Member of the SeeMe community

15.04.2020

I'm glad to become a member of the SeeMe community. They work with Sotherby's and artsy in New York. It opens up a bunch of new possibilities.

 

 



30.01.2020

Neutrum marks a new period in my art, a period about gender identity and life stages.

What Sigmund Freud left us, was a world strongly defined by masculinum and femininum and sexual grounded drive as principal force in life. Diring the years the difference between the two genders have been ajusted to almost a zero, or as I define it in my painting: Human being with no body with united gende collected in a common mind set, a human being reduced to be defined by brain. It dosen't matter wether you are femininum or masculinum. It's just a matter of time before the body will express something else, than we were used to.


Contest: Frontcover to Important Contemporary Artists

30.01.2020

Message from Artavita:

"Dear  Henrik,

 I am glad to inform you that you are one of the 50 finalists in the contest on ArtaVita. As a finalist, you are entitled to a Certificate of Excellence.

Here are the details of the results in the contest.
738 artists participated, with 1841 works. 
The winner of the first prize, the front cover of “Important World Artists” Volume 4, was Dr. John O’Rourke, with the sculpture “Sentius Tectonius”. 

Congratulations!

Despina Tunberg - Curator

World Wide Art and Artavita"

Learning to fly - Oil on canvas 120 x 85 cm.

"Learning to fly is the painting that won both the CFA Honorable Mention Certificate and the Certificate of Exelence from Artavita, where it Chosen among 1870 paintings was qualified to the top 50 final in the contest of the book: Important World Artist's frontcover.

 



Honorable Mention Award from CFA Artist of the year

29.01.2020

Circle Foundation of Arts in Lyon in France has every year the Artist of the Year contest. Last year I was Finalist with the painting: "There is something about everything." This year I received the Honorable Mention Award. That's pretty good.


Working with PAKS Gallery

29.01.2020

I have started working with PAKS Gallery this year. Here you see the curator Heinz Playner presenting my painting: "Mona Lisa Fatal" - Oil on canvas 73 x 60 cm. at PAKS Gallery in Vienna. In October 2020 I will expose with PAKS Gallery at the Carrousel du Louvre exhibition at the Louvre Museum of Arts in Paris.

May - 2019: Artist with epilepsy

This post links to an article written about me in Denmark, and thus in Danish.

It tells my story, which is maked with this desease: Epilepsy. It's a destiny that has belonged to me since I was 15 years old. It has cost me both pain and an adventurous life, that is hard to explain in few words. But I'm pretty sure, that I wouldn't have been doing, what I do, if it wasn't for this inpredictable factor in my life.

Click on the picture to read the article in Danish.



A profile by Contemporary Art curator

06.01.2020

I have always had a curiosity about the US. artworld

Therefore I sometimes get involved with some American arrangement. 

Follow the link to Contemporary Art Curator. I have a

presentation there:

 http://www.contemporaryartcurator.com/henrik-saar/


Empathy-centrifuge

11-15-2019

Empathy-centrifuge is a reference to the dialectic relation between the artist and art or to empathy in general. The more you manage to live in what you do or who you are with, the more you'll feel an uplifting centrifugally sensation that will make you forget yourself. It's the essential point about all passion, and it doesn't need to be an abstract expression to be passionated, it may very well be concrete figurative as well as long as it's made with feelings and - empathy.

Again I grabbed an old drawing from my drawer with sketches and felt that this was just what I needed to express my idea about living the art sincerely,  perceptually and emotionally - In other words: Be the one you are. I will go so far, and say: Until now during the past 30 years my art has been developing skills all the time, now I feel like having wings. I can create freely and secure. I feel myself - I  am empathically present in my art.  


Looking back on the 58th Venice Biennale in Palazzo Zenobio

10-16-2019

My exhibition at the Zenobio Palace in Venicia was a great experience. I thank profesor Aldo Maria Pero, who is the president for Arte Del XXI Seccolo for a warm welcome and a good speech, where he explained my paintings to the audience, and I appreciate the opportunity I had there to explain myself and my art as well.

In the photos below, you se the profesor Aldo Maria Pero, me and my paintings 


VENEZIA Palazzo Zenobio October 6 - November 3 2019

The 58th Venice Bien

This is a very important exhibition, and I'm curious to see, what happens from there.


Looking back on the Artbox exhibition on Zürich Centralstation in August

September 2019

Exhibition on big-screens is gaining terrain in this modern culture of ours. Whether you like it or not, it's convenient to send your painting as a jpeg file instead of a hard box package, but aren't we shooting ourselves in our foot instead? Aren't we building a so-called: Plastic culture" - A culture of not being present, but replaced by an imaginary thing that isn't worth more than one of the endless pause pictures on our Chromecast screen. What about the whole sensibility of each brush stroke in a painting or the autonomy of each original art.
I don't know - You may be able to use the screens for extremely valid promotion, but as a picture on the wall, it shouldn't achieve higher value than a poster, perhaps even less.

Swissart expo at Zurich Central Station in August 2019

I participated in the Swissart Expo 2019 at zürich Central Station arranged by Artbox Gallery, who arrange Basel Art as well. They are very specialized in using modern technology in their exhibitions. Thus I presented two artworks on big screens with a QR code connected to my website. The form may be experimental, but I can't deny, that it contents new possibillities for showing my art to a broader audience. Artbox announced the amount of daily visitors to be aprox 80000 people at the Central Station of Zürich, which is reasonably big audience compared to just trying to feature my paintings on the internet. Comparing the easy process without packing and shipping cost, insurances etc. I think it's a solution with perspectives for us artists, who have a lot to struggle with besides creating new artworks.

Here below follow my two paintings from Swissart Expo - Compared to the relative small size of the original paintings, it does impact to me to see them in big size......

1)  "The alter ego" - Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm.

2) "Contemporary teenager" -  Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm.



In June 2019 I participated in another exhibition showcasing paintings on big screens. This time it was with the American Art Foundation, SeeMe, who had arranged an exhibition with artist's portraits on 6th. floor in World Trade Center. I was one of the finalists, and participated with 5 paintings. I should have been there to the socalled Chasha Ma Gala afterparty, but couldn't make it to New York in June.



Circle Foundation of Arts - Miami Contest

August 2019

I got a finalist certificate for participating in the exhibit for free with Artavita at the Miami Art Expo 2019

 


Rosa got a message

21.08.2019

"Rosa got a message" is a painting inspired by an exchange of messages with a girl where I sent a message that gave her many thoughts. In the composition I have used the app to "settings" on an Iphone as a backdrop that shines on a dark background of sky and sea. In each corner I have placed an angel figure: an evil and a good angel who must help to underline the doubts expressed by Rosa by scratching her hair and the way she looks at her phone. The person is not an existing person, but on the basis of my imagination, and the name Rosa must refer partly to the color of her dress, to the symbolic content of the passion and passion of the rose, and to the typical Latin name must lead the thought to the unmistakable Latin scenario where I have been married to a Peruvian girl for 26 years.
The whole thing is painted impasto wet in wet with a putty knife, the 3 primary colors + white and finished at once without any following corrections.


My netdating - Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm.

August 14 2019

This painting is created in a slightly euphoric mood of being full of expectations based solely on a loving chat with a girl who seems very attractive to me. I have always felt that online love was illusory and impossible, but has suddenly come into question. I actually feel completely in love.


Seven shadows

24.06.2019

"Seven shadows" - Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm. is another painting in my new series, where I focus a lot on simplification and on letting the freshness of the impasto painting shine through. Everything is painted only once and most of the paint is put on with a knife. which makes the simplification even more significant. An arbitrary coat of paint may play a crucial role in the finished image - It can be a nose, an ear or an eye or whatever. This is where painting becomes alive and real on a higher plane than in the real world.


Head over heels - Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm.

24.06.2019

The painting "Head over heels" is a good example of how images emerge from irrational conditions, a sudden whim or fun idea that suddenly tells a lot more than one could have thought of by ordinary logical thinking. That's what the visual media can do: Express complex understandings in an unexpected and surprising way.

"Head over heels" is the term used for a leading figure. An expression that is also known from the Grease movie and from Abba's song about the same. In addition, it is an expression that I find funny, and in fact, the picture arises as a result of having first drawn up to have to paint Theresa May as part of my series with Putin, Trump and Zuckerberg, but since the theme bored I changed plans and threw away the photography of Theresa May, so in any case I didn't have to look for it. The legs that I have painted over the head of the lady are from a motif I have drawn and painted several times before all the way back to 2012, 1993 and 1991.


The alter ego - Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm.

13.06.2019

"The alter ego" is about balancing between two sides of yourself. We all have a different ego that occasionally takes character and takes control of our lives. Normally we manage to maintain control, but there are situations where the other side of ourselves takes control. That's what the famous movie: Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde gives us such an excellent example.
The motif in my painting is based on a figure that I drew and used in a small yellow-tone painting in 1991 under the title: "Standing position" - Oil on canvas 41 x 33 cm. In the new painting I have changed the perspective, on the background and given the figure a mask in the hand that leads the thought to the film: "The mask", which in turn points to man with 2 personalities.

The mood of the painting is inspired by my own icon painting from 2013: "On the other side" (here at the bottom)


Contemporary teenager 60 x 50 cm.

23.05.2019

Inspired by a 17-year-old girl's drawing, I have sought as credibly as possible to reproduce the concerns a teenager is facing today. Therefore, I have held onto the slightly naive form, which is precisely the teenager's immediate way of expressing. There could be many interpretations to this painting, where there are two shining suns and a little rain at the same time, just as the concept of balance in the picture has been emphasized, but basically I think that the painting here should be allowed to live its own visual and a little innocent life. The power of the visual language is strongest when it is not choked by words.


Contemporary shopping - Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm.

14.05.2019

Contemporary shopping is a painting of an everyday situation where we buy all kinds of things online. It has made a big change in our culture and almost descended the cities if compared with the past. It's practical, but maybe a little sad.

Technically I express myself very directly, and work impast with a painter knife. It is my intention to be as immediate and transparent as possible in order to achieve the greatest possible sincerity in my expression. There are no speculative actions in these paintings, it is art that, so to speak, comes directly from the "stomach" - The direct path from my impression to my expression, which is in the clue with the post impressionist / german expressionist idea of expressing oneself meaningfully about life. The motif stems from a quick sketch of my x-wife shopping on the internet.


Beat it - Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm.

09.05.2019

My comment on the political debate about the parliamentary elections. in Denmark 2019

 

But if I have to be honest - and you have to do that in art! Then the painting arose because I was really annoyed by something, it negatively affected my life. One of these situations where you spontaneously hit the table and say stop!

The drawing that influences the painting is one of my teenage drawings.


Networking - Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm.

22.04.2019

"Networking" is a painting where I try to capture the spirit of the year 2019. Our way of communicating and the importance of constantly networking. It is through our ability to network that we create space for ourselves. The remarkable tattoo I have painted on the girl's arm depicts both a net and the perspective center of the room she is sitting in, so that she herself becomes the starting point for her own space.


The winner - Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm.

12.04.2019

After standing away for a year, I finally finished this little painting. I had started on it while I was still in the rehabilitation center after my accident, where I broke both my legs, my back and a few ribs. At that time, my everyday life of rehabilitation consisted of much of the time, so it was an obvious motive to tackle, but at one point it hung me far out of my neck, so I didn't bother to paint it anymore. Now there is a little distance to it, so I could paint it finished without any problems, and is really well satisfied with the result. It is an image that radiates surpluses with all the primary colors + green and grayscale from black to white.


Hospitalized at the Filadelfia epilepsy hospital

Februar 2019

While staying at the Filadelfia epilepsy hospital for three weeks I made some oil pastels.


competition: Premi della cultura Trofeo Medusa Aurea

05.04.2019

Positive start with my new period. the message attacked here is from the academy in Rome and says following: 

“We inform you that you have passed the final selection with the work listed below and will therefore participate in the international competition to be held in Rome at the Aula Magna of the Valdese University, in Via Pietro Cossa, n.40 (Piazza Cavour) on May 26th, 10am.”

 FIGURATIVE ART

"The gift" is painting no. 3 from the same room

Generally about the roses in my paintings

What is it about me and the roses that I carefully paint over and over again?
For me, the rose is a symbol of pure beauty with the character that it has thorns that hurt if you are not aware of them, just as it does in life if you are not aware of what hurts most of all : "Love". In addition, I associate the rose with passion, pain, blood and martyrdom as known from the Bible.


About the room and the closet from the 3 paintings above

The motif draws threads far back to when I met my ex wife in 1992. Back then I made the painting: "Secrets" (here below), which was about two people who are facing each other with each their own secret lives, which here are represented here by the closets. The fear of opening up in front of eachother is manifested by the suddenly appearing shark. Actually I use the shark again in the final room at the painting: " I would love to show you my room"
THe same closet did I use in a drawing showing a room seen from below. I called this drawing: "Give me 10 years, Lili"
Finally I used these elements and ideas in the 3 paintings above, where I use the same room again and again.
This is very much my way how to connect the past, the present and future into a complete balance.


Secrets

Oil on canvas

22 x 34 cm. 1992


Give me 10 years, Lili

Pen and black ink

25 x 25 cm. 1992



Circle Foundation of Arts:Artist of the Year award

22.01.2019

Circle Foundation of Arts: Artist of the Year Award - Finalist certificate


Artbox project New York 1.0

Marts. 2018

Participated in the artbox New York 1.0 big screen exhibition with my painting: "I love it."


Circle Foundation of Arts Artist of the year Award 2017

29.01.2018

Participated in 2017 in the Awarding of the Artist of the year 2017, and became a finalist.

 


The Tour: In the shadow of Giotto

July - August 2017

A Museum tour called: "In the shadow of Giotto, curated by Rosi Raneri.

The tour started at Museo Bellini in Florence and ended At the Gallery Il Borgo in the Vatican. I participated with my painting: "On the other side" - Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm.


Global Art Awards in Dubai

June 2017

I was nominated for an award for my painting: "Miss U" and an award for the painting: "Miss U 2" as well - both Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm

 


MIIT Museum - Turin - Two of my paintings rated by an expert group

June 2017

An expert group watched my two paintings from 2015:

1) "Behind the curtains" - Oil on canvas 75 x 121 cm.

2) "Times of ups and downs" - Oil on canvas 75 x 121 cm.

 Rated to 10000 Euros each.


Pictures from Hannerup Rehabilitation Center 2018

October 2017 - April

In October 2017, I jumped out of the window of my 2nd floor apartment due to a paranoid epileptic seizure. A fall of over 10 meters down, and landed on an iron plate on the road. I broke both legs several times, crushed my feet, broke several ribs, punctured a lung and broke my back, but I miraculously survived. At first I was in the hospital for three months, but was then transferred to the Hannerup rehabilitation center. Here began a three-month rehabilitation course both physically and mentally. Little by little I recovered, and soon had my living room furnished as a studio. Again, painting became my lifeline. I watched and had watched a lot of television while just lying in bed, and just during that period, Trump wanted to build his wall against Mexico, Putin poisoned a Russian agent in England, and Zuckerberg was accused of meddling in the political game. All in all, these themes helped to determine the themes in my paintings while I was admitted to the rehabilitation center Hannerup.


Vida designs

- 2017

During 2017 I worked with Vida designs.


The Nordic embassies in Berlin

22.04.2017

Grosses Treffen 2017 was a juried event. An invitation to Danish artists, who wanted to "speed date" with Berlin curators. I entered there, but didn't really succed finding a partner.I seemed to be far to classical and too much a painter in their opinion. But at least I learned that about Berlin.

 


Artbox Basel 1.0

June 2017

Participated in Basel with three paintings for the first time with artbox, with whom I have enjoyed being coorporating with ever since.

 


Success summit

24.05.2017

In Cincinnati, ADC invited people from the art industry to a reception called Success Summit. As a guest, I enjoyed the company with the Redwood Mediagroup SEO manager Erich Smith, the ADC leader Litsa Spanos, the Embrace Creatives leader, Andrea Bogart with whom I am having a conversation on the photo below. There were many others, and though it was some of a journey Denmark - Ohio US to reach an event, it was a night I will remember.


MUSEO INTERNAZIONALE MIIT: VISIONI VISIONARI

09..04.2017

Exhibition at the Italian International Museum of Arts MIIT in Torino.

 


Solo exhibition in Gallery Mentana - Florence

12.11.2016

I had a contract for gallery representation with Mentana Gallery for the year 2016. In November, I opened my solo exhibition with the transmission on television, with a journalist, who only spoke Italian, so we handled that with voice-over translation.

Click on the headline, that links to my videos, where you will find this video as well.


The X Florence Biennale

17.10.2015

The X Florence Biennale was my first Biennale, and a great experience, which I enjoyed together with my wife and son.


New York Art Expo

10.04.2015

The New York Art Expo - The world's biggest expo was again a tremendous experience. I had some experience with the US from the World Art Expo in Las Vegas in 2009 and 2010, but the New York Art Expo was unique. I was busy talking and presenting my four paintings every day during the expo and got a good response. Though I didn't sell, I came home with a good feeling about my work quality. What I had created was something unique that my audience nor the curators had never seen before.


KE12 - The Artist's Autumn Exhibition in Copenhagen

20.10.2012

KE12 was my debut in one of the Danish Artist Association's (BKF) exhibitions

I got my application accepted with three paintings:

1) "Paso Double" - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm

2) "Chat-room" - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm.

3) "I would love to show you my room" - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm.


Pictures from the epilepsi-hospital Filadelfia

Summer 2006

Each time I am hospitalized in the epilepsy-hospital Filadelfia in Dianalund, it becomes more like a retreat. I use to focus very well on my art, and eventually, I do some studies. Here I have collected my drawings and paintings from summer 2006. The nurses and doctors know that I use to transform my room into a studio and are very kind to support me. The truth is that I'm hospitalized because I have this disease epilepsy, and I have been or am very sick, and that's the reason for being there.

 

 

Paintings from my summer-stay at Filadelfia 2006

Drawings from my summer-stay at Filadelfia 2006


my collection of poems:

2004 - 2014

The author Henrik Saar!
Here's how to be so surprised:
In 2003, I wanted to publish my collection of poems: "The Ballad of One-Self."
I disagreed with the publisher Algarve, and withdrew my book.
Then I moved to Peru for a year. 10 years later in 2014, I stumbled upon the author Henrik Saar, who had apparently published this collection of poems, which was for sale in several of Denmark's bookstores. The publisher had disappeared, so I stopped the book. In my younger years, I made readings of my own poems for my exhibitions, as well as provided themes for classical concerts.

The collection of poems was illustrated with my linoleum prints, and some of the poems have infused my thoughts in many of my later paintings.

Therefore I attend to have it reprinted it once again some day.

UMBRA

In 2004 I formed an art-group, which we named: "UMBRA," which means shadow, and is a name used for the brown colors: Raw Umber and burnt Umber.

We were two - three figurative artists Hans Christian Hauge Rasmussen and the later philosopher, Henrik Hvid, who later interviewed me, and I, who was the leader of the group + one composer of classical music on synthesizer, Amanj Zarafian. 

Mainly it was the composer and I, who performed and were active. He comes from Iraque, Kurdistan and from day one, we were soulmates.He composed music inspired by my pictures and poems, and together we performed with recitations of my poems in front of my pictures, leaded by his gloomy but also meditative music on senthesizer.     




Henrik Saar retrospective on Centro Cultural

8th of July 2003

In 2003 I had my first international solo show: 59 pictures was sent to the Museum of the Academy in Lima, Peru: Centro Cultural De la Accademia De Bellad Artes.

 


A little overview backwards

The Younger years

To give an idea of the depth in my art I have added some photos from my younger years. I started as a full-time artist in 1989, but it was before the mobile phone, and the photo documentation was poor compared to our time. The last photo is from 1979, where I used to draw while we went on vacations or tours. Drawings like the van, that I made in one line with a ballpoint.

Use the links below to navigate on this site:


        Transformationism


            Another view


1989 - A leap into a unpredictable life as a visual artist

Inspired by a fascination with the American satire magazine MAD's illustrator Don Martin's drawings and the Danish Caricature artist Roal Als. Seven years of work at my father's architect's studio, studies of right-wing extremism during world war II and the French Revolution, the breakdown of the Berlin wall, Nietzches delirious speech about the death of God, Freud's dream interpretation, Salvador Dalí's surrealistic universe, Kierkegaard's existentialistically concept of irony, and concept of Anxiety, poetry by the Danish author Thorkild Bjørnvig, Mozart's opera Don Juan, and Pink Floyd's musical interpretation of reality, in 1989, I burned all the bridges behind me. I jumped into life with the red soft forms of insecurity - into life as a full-time painter. In the beginning, I painted everything with a wide paintbrush. Soft shapes. Without much detail, and to my surprise, the painting became my soul mirror, each time revealing my Anxiety. The basic form of these soft forms of Anxiety comes from a cartoon smiley that I developed up through the 80s for diligent use as graffiti and on all surfaces that could be drawn on. As I start painting, the smile suddenly turns into a scream, and if one were to sound my early pictures, Pink Floyd's "The big gig in the sky" would be very appropriate. 

When you click on the picture you wil be lead to my youtube channel, currently with 26 videos from different times showing and telling about my art.


Contact info


Henrik Saar, AndersBillesvej 1 st.-3, 7000 Fredericia, Denmark.

email: henriksaar@icloud.com phone number +45 27922560


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