Reflections on art and leadership

I use my art to reflect an artist and a senior manager in the financial services industry. I notice that the deeper I understand myself the more I succeed to impact others; in both art and work.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Agora Gallery top 6 contemporary galleries NYC

CBS published an article on the top galleries in NYC.
Great to see that my agent/gallery was identified (and on top of the article).
Really curious now for the exhibition

CBS writes:

Choosing a contemporary art gallery to visit from the city’s many offerings can be a daunting exercise. Here are five of the best choices available in New York City, chosen for their support of the arts community, variety of offerings and the exposure they provide to a wide range of artists. Also included is the Museum of Modern Art – one of the best museums for seeing modern and contemporary art in all its forms.
 NYCs 6 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

Agora Gallery
530 W 25th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 226-4151
Price: Free
Hours: Tues to Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
More than a physical gallery, the Agora Gallery supports emerging, mid-level and established artists with ARTmine, a website for selling contemporary art. This gallery also supports the artistic community with ARTisSpectrum, a biannual magazine featuring artists of all talent levels. With such abounding support, Agora has some very deep relationships with appreciative artists, adding impressive variety to the collections on display. Receptions at the gallery often draw hundreds of guests and are ideal for social networking among artists.

Link to the web article:

Mona Lena - disappointment helping the artist

This weekend spent some time working on this new art work.
Initially I made the first layer in a park in Paris, together with two other paintings.
I loved the basic shapes and was looking forward to work more on it.
Now, the park closed around 10 and we had to leave before it was actually all dry.
When getting home I was disappointed; the surface of this painting got stuck to the other painting, and when trying to make it wet and detach it from the other paper, it turned out to be damaged; removing the upper layer of the paper from some parts.

Fragment showing
damaged part after
adding decoration
Last weeks I had worked on the other 2 paintings, and left this one aside. It gave me time to heal from the hurt caused by the damaging of the painting. Also I have had multiple experiences now where some destructive element in the work actually becomes an inspirational part and forces me to explore now things. So, basically I waited for that to happen.

This weekend I had some time, in between enjoying our newborn child, and I put the painting in front of me for some time. Then indeed at some point I thought of what to do with it; I thought the white part could work as part of a more strong white structure. So I started off and got quite excited, while working in a flow detailing the art work and adding the white layer.

In the end I am quite happy with the result. And I am quite sure I would have never found this great composition hadn't the art work been damaged in the first place.

Conclusion, although not supported by a scientific analysis:
disappointments can help the artist, especially in pushing boundaries and finding new ways to express himself.

So, guess I will go looking now for the next disappointment :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Invitation to my upcoming exhibition

Dear Blog Maurice

I would like to invite you to my upcoming exhibition in Chelsea NYC and specifically the opening reception on Thursday December 20. It would be great if we could meet each other there and enjoy these new art works that are part of the exhibition Pathway to Abstraction at Agora Gallery.

Please see the invitation below.

Best Regards,

Maurice van Tilburg

Agora Gallery - Maurice<br />van Tilburg - Exhibition Announcement
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Pathway to Abstraction
December 20 - January 12, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 6-8 pm

Palpable Sense Of Anticipation And Energy   Acrylic & Mixed Media on Paper   24" x 31"
About the Artist

"Drawing has always been my passion, addiction and a way to create my own world," says Maurice van Tilburg. The world that he creates is one in which darkness and light coexist in a dynamic relationship. "My style," he says, "is very intuitive and needs a flow and dynamics." Having started out by making realistic drawings and pastels, the artist was led toward abstraction after seeing to the works of the CoBrA movement, particularly the paintings of Pierre Alechinksy. Alechinsky's influence moves strikingly forward in van Tilburg's work, with its mix of bright and dark colors, and juxtaposition of primitivism and modern sophistication.

Working in acrylics, van Tilburg applies his colors with a combination of delicacy and intensity. While his palette makes use of the saturated shades that acrylics provide, the artist mixes his acrylics with water, giving those colors a lightness that brings watercolors to mind. The result is a bridge between the two media, giving the artist a way to realize the "deep expression" that is a central goal of his work.

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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY         212.226.4151 Agora Gallery