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Spiritual Jewels

Alila Ubud Presents Extrovert Art by an Introverted Man. The World of Walter Van Oel 27 December 2003 24 January 2004.

(11/3/2003) 61-year old Dutch born painter Walter Van Oel rejoices in color. In fact, his canvasses celebrate color and if, from time to time, his personality and body resemble a rainbow spectrum of color, that's fine by Walter, too.

In a solo exhibition at the Alila Ubud Gallery entitled "Spiritual Jewels," Walter Oel will present 60 works of art that, according to the artist, have been inspired by the harmony and peace in all things Balinese, a subject most close to his heart.

Dividing his time between his native Holland and a Bali studio, he experiments by creating layers of color on his canvasses through alternate applications of layers of color introduced by brushing, pouring and dripping paint. In a process he describes as "reconciling dreams and reality," his latest exhibition represents the abandonment of his "spiritual clothes," baring his soul through the bold use of color.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, Mr. Van Oel's work has been the subject of several books and international exhibitions.

"Spiritual Jewels," an exhibition by Walter Van Oel, will be held at the Alila Ubud Gallery in Payangan from 28 December 2003 until 24 January 2004.

 

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