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Joseph Cals

Joseph Cals was bJoseph Cals utilizes paint in many different ways, applying it with brushes, palette knives or literally with his hands.  He models, rubs out, and over-paints, and each form and colour finds its ultimate destination only after sustained deliberation.  Cals’ artistic works follow the maxim “A painting never lies”; words which he heard from his teacher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at The Hague.
 
Cals was born in 1949 in Stein in the Limburg Province which is permeated with a rich archaeological history.  At age 18, he received a scholarship to study in the United States.  There, he lived near Buffalo New York, with its renowned Albright Knox Gallery, known for it impressive collection of cotemporary art.  When Cals turned 19, he returned to the Netherlands where he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at The Hague till 1973.  In 1975, Cals began teaching at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at The Hague.  In the mid 1980s, Cals was commissioned to undertake seven paintings for the Dutch Houses of Parliament in The Hague.
 
In the 1980’s he taught at the Parsons Institute and Carnegie Hall, both in New York. Cals returned to The Netherlands in the 1990s to paint and sculpt at his studio.  He has held numerous exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia.  The two Cals paintings in Galerie Belvedere were purchased directly from him during his solo exhibition in Singapore.
 
Cals succeeds in uniting the past with the present in a miraculously beautiful, almost imperceptible yet exceedingly tangible manner.  The external influences and impressions were brought together by the artist through a personal process of maturation to create a new and authentic visual imagery.  The surface of the work plays an important part in this.  The scraping away layers of soil (typical of the method used by the archaeologists he once admired in his youth) finds a counterpart in the building up of layers in his paintings.  Cals derived new sources of inspiration from his extensive travels which he interweaves into his paintings and sculptures.
 
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