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Inspired by the work of Hundertwasser and his Pintorarium Manifesto

This spring and summer I have been inspired by the art and life of visionary artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000). His vibrant, colorful paintings , his wildly independent and original approach to life and his conceptual, intuitive, funny, mystical philosophy speak to me. A truly creative human being.

His spirit urges me to continue on the artist’s path, to be in touch with my inner logic, and to create uncompromised bold work to bring that “logic” to life in bright and non-linear ways. It’s a fine line between humility and aspiration and it can be intimidating at times. Yet, it’s not a matter of choice – “just” a matter of feeling the fear, leaning in, painting on and seeing what happens.  Otherwise … I might as well … practice law …

I studied Hundertwasser’s paintings, and read a lot about his work and life. While in the Netherlands, I was lucky to find a number of beautiful catalogues from his exhibits in specialized art book stores.

His Manifesto  for a universal academy of all creative fields titled  “the Pintorarium” (1959) seems timeless and holds a lot of principles that could guide and inspire visionary educators and social innovators right now. See picture of the original document here. I decided to brush it off, and – hopefully in honor of  Hundertwasser’s intention – to play with it, to letter it with my own brush and share it with the world.

Let’s create Pintorariums in our own communities – small or big, formal or informal – and remember: dress outstandingly!

Would you like to display a reminder of this vision in your school, studio, house or community space? Printed and digital copies of the poster are available for purchase at my online store.

Painted interpretation of Hundertwasser’s Pintorarium Manifesto (1959) – Susanne Hoogwater

Gouache on rosy-red handmade paper (by Denver-based paper artist Ray Tomasso.)

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Wings and Prints – a love story

On First Friday December 6, 2013 I will be showing new work: a series of miniature handmade prints of animals and holiday gifts.  This work tells a story of the surprising ways in which love can show up. The animal kingdom gifted me this year with an invitation to expand the territory of the heart. For those of you who have seen my previous show, earlier this year, with mini divine feminine icons: it’s a continuation of the miniatures as small windows and short time frames of artful awareness. 

You are welcome to stop by in my old gallery space in the Art District at 802 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, upstairs on the left side of the hallway, on the right wall in the back. The Gallery is now owned by artist Wynne Reynolds of Red Easel Studio. I would love to see you there between 6 PM and 9 PM!
For a preview, please watch the invitation in this short SketchVideo – Artshow – Invitation (less then a minute).