Heaven and hell

Heaven and hell

By journalist Tine Winther

Henrik Saar shows existential artworks

in Gallery Estfelt - Horsens

By Journalist Tine Winter

Despair, emptiness, forfeiture, and desperation. Henrik Saar has used the gloomy brush for the exhibition: "Heaven and hell."

The 36 years old Teacher-educated Henrik Saar from Fredericia has been a painter since he was at the beginning of the 20ties. He is relatively self-taught through established artists, who taught him both in Denmark and Peru, from where his wife comes.

The Saar style demands space because the expression is hugely expressive.

In my life, as in my art, I am an existentialist, and thus I work in themes like freedom, anxiety, and despair. Existentialism doesn't manifest in any steady form; that's why the expression may change for each picture. There is no place for resting either in a pictorial manner nor in life itself, and that's why each painting is a new painting in any sense, explains Henrik Saar.

Stone Age emptiness

The most remarkable painting, which Henrik Saar has given the title, "Stone age romanticism," is made in the impasto technique and imagines a little boychild in a petrified wood with a ball in his hands.

Existentialism describes the empty and dense atmosphere. The boy has a ball in his hands, but there is no one to receive the ball. It's the image that I like most — inspired by a photo of my first steps in 1968, where I was able to start walking - Here on my way out in the emptiness/life, explains Henrik Saar.

"Inferno - Verse no. 13," inspired by "The divine comedy" by Dante, imagine two old ladies walking in a horrible and gloomy wood. I wish you interpret me as an expressive figurative artist with my propper style and the world where I express myself.

Despairing process

"Spiritual hymn," imagine a singing monk with a branch in his hands, sitting kneeled in a centrifugal universe without nowhere to hold.

I make my paintings due to processes and are just about a despairing process. Despair is the driving force because one tries to repair what went wrong yesterday. By continuing working on the painting is to get out of the despairing feeling the artwork brought you in yesterday. During that process, the image develops until you reach a level or a form that you never would arrive at in a comfortable, logical way.


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