Inspirational movements in a garden

On another trip to Zurich I went to the old botanical garden. Several sculptures from Claire Ochsner were exhibited in open space. It is the combination of nature and human creations that makes such a place so unique. The garden environment is so inspirational and you really can feel the intense vibration. That inspired me for this painting, expressing the vibration I felt at that time.

Elements that are winding up and exposed to the open space, are seeking for upwards movement. Captured in this sketchy painting.

Garden sculpture-1
Gouache on paper, 23x30cm by Stefan J Schaffeld

African Masters from the Ivory Coast – Exhibition

During one of my recent stays in Zurich, Switzerland, I took the chance to visit the “African Masters” exhibition in the beautiful museum Riedberg. The museum is nicely located with a huge garden not far away from downtown.

The old african masters were truly artists with a personal touch to the way they carved the wood. More than 100 years later, the names of the masters are not always knows, but you can see the uniqueness of the works.

I felt very touched by the tribal masks in wood. immediate after my visit, I did some sketches in watercolor on paper.

African Masters-1
in reference to the master from Buafle, Ivory Coast watercolor on paper,23x30cm by Stefan J Schaffeld
African Masters-2
in reference to the master from Totokro, Ivory Coast watercolor on paper, 23x30cm by Stefan J Schaffeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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