Le Néerlandais Bas Meeuws est un fleuriste numérique. Il compose ses natures mortes fleur par fleur, mais de façon numérique : ses superbes créations sont composées à partir de photographies numériques de fleurs individuelles.
Ces œuvres sont un clin d’œil aux maîtres hollandais du XVIIe siècle, évoquant en particulier leur sens du luxe, mais aussi leur regard sur le transitoire. Les photographies de Bas Meeuws sont donc à la fois d’une beauté vieille école et d’une contemporanéité radicale. Avec ses natures mortes de fleurs, Meeuws fait vibrer une corde sensible dans le monde de l’art. Des galeries néerlandaises, taïwanaises et indiennes lui ont ouvert leurs portes et il expose d’Amsterdam à New Delhi.
« Pour moi, les fleurs représentent le cycle de la vie, mais aussi le côté transitoire de la véritable beauté. Carpe Diem ». Bas Meeuws
« Enthusiastic, inspired and attentive to detail, the internationally orientated artist/photographer Bas Meeuws (The Netherlands, 1974) often spends hours on end working on one of his
artworks. Concentrating in front of his screen, he creates still lifes composed of many digital flowers and plants which he himself has individually photographed; each element captured in precise detail. The result: colourful bouquets with combinations of flowers from different seasons. Each flower is photographed in the studio in varying positions with the same lighting. Once a certain flower, insect or herb has captured Meeuws’ attention, he is smitten. He loves nature; as an artist, he is especially interested in the diversity of colours and structures. Meeuws walks through parks and gardens all year round collecting plants and flowers, which he then carefully
preserves and photographs in his studio. Authentic, timeless beauty that he captures in his art to share with his audience. Tangible and lifelike.
Exactly what the great painters of the Dutch Golden Age were striving after. Seventeenth-century audiences marvelled at the technical accomplishments of lifelike floral still lifes, a particularly popular genre at the time. The way Meeuws uses modern tools to compose a bouquet of flowers from different seasons—flowers that are never actually all in bloom at the same time—is the same way the Dutch Masters used their canvases to allow people to enjoy beautiful flowers throughout the year. Floral still lifes also had a symbolic meaning. The brief blossom represented the transience of existence. Meeuws is conscious of art history and is inspired by these historical floral still lifes in his own unique way. History can inspire and offer new insights. This is why Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot invited Meeuws to create an artwork based on the flowers in the castle gardens inspired by seventeenth-century examples. This magical place—a beautiful castle with gardens where seven centuries of profound history are told and translated in contemporary ways—is where Meeuws set to work. He was especially struck by the diversity of the flowers in the garden, and for the Muiderslot meets Bas Meeuws exhibition, he created new floral still lifes that are on display in the castle’s historical rooms as contemporary interventions. Here is where past and present interact. Meeuws’ works contain references to transience and death while at the same time being odes to life itself, to nature, to life in all its fullness. That, in itself, is timeless beauty.
Annemarie den Dekker (The Netherlands) » Director of Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot, The Netherlands