Bas Meeuws has a passion for
photography. He has used this passion to renew a form of art which reached an
absolute height in the Dutch "Golden Age” (17th – 18th century): painting of
floral still lifes.
The floral still lifes were not made only to achieve an esthetic work
but above all as the expression of surprise and marvel of nature’s beauty. Also
flowers used to carry symbolic meanings, largely forgotten now, in those times
In the Golden Age, the works
were made with brush and paint on linnen. Bas uses the 21st century technique of
digital photography. In Bas’ works, the flowers are given a timeless beauty and
the artist makes us look at the floral still lifes in a different way. The
photographer plays with compositions and objects and light and dark. The
symbolic nature that used to be an important part of the old masters, has been
replaced by introducing manifold details, often insects. The artist allows us
to experience the wealth which a floral still life embodies and he invites us
to marvel at the beauty of nature in the same way as the old masters did and do.
Bas Meeuws (1974) is largely
self-taught. His works have become part of a number of museum collections and
of a large number of private collections over the whole world. Bas has also
made works on commission.