ALEXANDRA KLIMAS

Born in 1970, living and working in the Netherlands, Alexandra Klimas is a self-taught artist but looking at her artwork, it seems like an impossible proposition. Klimas is a hyperrealist painter, her works look unnervingly real, her subject matter tangible, and were it not a painting, probably audible. The artist’s models are animals, some of her favorite are black-and-white cows, and in her oil on canvas pieces they all become portraits. They are given names, and with that, force the viewer into an intimate relationship, which is precisely the goal of this animal-loving painter. It also sets her apart from others who painted animals, and there were many. Animals can be found in art from any epoch, but usually as part of the background. Here they are center stage, right in front of our eyes, impossibly real, while at the same time clearly symbolic. They may have names, but they stand for the entire species, as well as for our human relationship with animals. Klimas began paining early, drawn to landscape and space.

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INTRODUCTION

Born in 1970, living and working in the Netherlands, Alexandra Klimas is a self-taught artist but looking at her artwork, it seems like an impossible proposition. Klimas is a hyperrealist painter, her works look unnervingly real, her subject matter tangible, and were it not a painting, probably audible. The artist’s models are animals, some of her favorite are black-and-white cows, and in her oil on canvas pieces they all become portraits. They are given names, and with that, force the viewer into an intimate relationship, which is precisely the goal of this animal-loving painter. It also sets her apart from others who painted animals, and there were many. Animals can be found in art from any epoch, but usually as part of the background. Here they are center stage, right in front of our eyes, impossibly real, while at the same time clearly symbolic. They may have names, but they stand for the entire species, as well as for our human relationship with animals. Klimas began paining early, drawn to landscape and space. She spent a lot of time on her grandfather’s farm, enamored of nature, and in particular, the animals. Set against tranquil meadows, the cows in her portraits appear as carriers of that message, and perhaps one of their own personal, unencumbered, contentment. The dialogue between the artist and the model manifests itself in these paintings as an intrinsic emotional component of the composition, altering the reading of the work. There is an aspect of protest as well, despite the bucolic setting in many of the paintings. Due to environmental concerns, cows in Holland are disappearing from the landscape and kept more and more indoor.

Her choice of medium is inexorably linked to her subject matter; oil on canvas possessing the indispensable qualities for such fine execution. Unlike photorealists, Klimas is purely a painter, and as mentioned earlier, an autodidact, making her creative achievement even more impressive. It also, in a subtle way, adds to the personal aesthetic of her work. In the annals of art history, the chapter on Hyperrealism is populated with myriad world-renowned artists, and ultimately what sets each one apart is the subject matter, far more than the quality of the work, which should never be in dispute.

Such is the case with Alexandra Klimas’ paintings that strike with the high caliber of execution, the astounding precision and adherence to pictorial demands. The lighting is also quite spectacular in many of the paintings, the dramatic contrast of black and white, both on the animal, and as part of the background, creating a feel of Old Masters, of a mystery going beyond the image.

Other farm animals appear in Alexandra’s canvases, and each is treated with the same painterly affection. But there is no denying, that the latest series, with its stoic but theatrically expressive model – the cow – is in a league of its own, and will further the artist’s already prolific career.

Marco Rosada,
Director at Kontemporary Art Gallery
March 2015

EXHIBITIONS

2015 Plus One Gallery group exhibitions Winter show, London (United Kingdom)

2014 PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel) 23 – 30 november 2014
2014 Gallery Lieve Hemel SOLO expositie, Amsterdam  september 2014
2014 Art 2014 (Artantique), Breda (Gallery Lieve Hemel) 6 – 13 april 2014
2013 PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2013 Gallery Lieve Hemel group exhibition Small & Narrow
2013 Art 2013 (Artantique), Utrecht (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2013 Realisme’13, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2012 PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2012 Gallery Appélbergen SOLO expositie, Onnen (Groningen)
2012 Artantique, Utrecht (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2012 Gallery Lieve Hemel – 7-mans exhibition
2012 Realisme’12, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2011 PAN, Amsterdam (Galerie Lieve Hemel)
2011 Gallery Lieve Hemel SOLO expositie, Amsterdam
2011 Artspot Amsterdam 2011, (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2011 Artantique, Utrecht (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2011 Realisme’11, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2010 PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2010 AAF, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2010 Gallery Lieve Hemel Spring exhibition, Amsterdam
2010 Realisme’10, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2009 PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2009 Gallery Lieve Hemel – 3-mans exhibition, Amsterdam
2009 Art & Antiques Fair ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Gallery Lieve Hemel)
2007 Stadsgallery Woudrichem, Woudrichem
2006 Kunstgallery Artjan, Borne
2005 Gallery Rubens, Enschede
2005 SLB Art Gallery, Zeewolde
2004 Gallery ‘t Kunsthuis van het Oosten, Enschede
2003 Gallery ‘t Kunsthuis van het Oosten, Enschede
2000 Art events Brugge, België
2003 Gast expositie bij Kunstenaarsvereniging Streefkerk
2001 Gallery ‘t Kunsthuis van het Oosten, Enschede
2001 Art events Chavignol, Frankrijk
2000 Gallery ‘t Kunsthuis van het Oosten, Enschede
2000 Gallery Le Pignon, Grootschermer

PUBLICATIONS

Publications year 2014
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PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 1

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Gallery Lieve Hemel Alexandra Klimas SOLO exhibition, Amsterdam
Exhibition catalogue Empty Thoughts. This catalogue has been published at the occasion of Alexandra Klimas’s solo exhibition, September 27 – Oktober 25 2014, and is compiled and written by Koen Nieuwendijk. (16 pages, 25 full colour reproductions, ISBN 978-90-70402-44-0)

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Newspaper Algemeen Dagblad Weekend AD magazine

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Magazine Boerenvee (Article)

Art 2014 (Artantique), Breda (Gallery Lieve Hemel) Cover: Alexandra Klimas  Miep the Chicken I (cut), Alexandra Klimas right page number 3

Art 2014 (Artantique), Breda (Gallery Lieve Hemel) Cover: Alexandra Klimas  Miep the Chicken I, Alexandra Klimas right page number 3
PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 6

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Publications year 2013
PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 6

Gallery Lieve Hemel group exhibition Small & Narrow, Alexandra Klimas right page number 13 (miniature paintings)
Gallery Lieve Hemel group exhibition Small & Narrow, Alexandra Klimas right page number 13 (miniature paintings)

Art 2013 (Artantique), Utrecht (Gallery Lieve Hemel),Alexandra Klimas right page number 1
Art 2013 (Artantique), Utrecht (Gallery Lieve Hemel),Alexandra Klimas right page number 1

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Publications year 2012

PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas left page number 4

PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas left page number 4

Gallery Lieve Hemel – 7-mans exhibition, Alexandra Klimas right page number 5
Gallery Lieve Hemel – 7-mans exhibition, Alexandra Klimas right page number 5

Realisme 1012, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 49

Realisme 1012, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 49

Collectors Agenda 2012
Collectors Agenda 2012 (Collectors Groep Publishers in Art) Alexandra Klimas left page
Collectors Agenda 2012 (Collectors Groep Publishers in Art) Alexandra Klimas left page

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Publications year 2011

Artantique, Utrecht (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas left page number 12

Artantique, Utrecht (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas left page number 12

PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 13
PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 13

Trouw Cultuur & Media, article Klimas
Newspaper Trouw de verdieping

Gallery Lieve Hemel Alexandra Klimas SOLO expositie, Amsterdam  Exhibition Catalogue The Conscience of the Netherlands, by Galerie Lieve Hemel (this catalogue was created for the Alexandra Klimas exhibition from 28 May – 25 June 2011, and was written and compiled by Koen Nieuwendijk. ISBN 978 9070402006)
Gallery Lieve Hemel Alexandra Klimas SOLO exposition, Amsterdam

Exhibition Catalogue The Conscience of the Netherlands, by Galerie Lieve Hemel (this catalog was created for the Alexandra Klimas exhibition from 28 May – 25 June 2011, and was written and compiled byKoen Nieuwendijk. ISBN 978 9070402006)

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Publications year 2010

PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 13
PAN, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 13

Telegraaf PAN, article Klimas
Newspaper De Telegraaf

Realisme 2010, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 39
Realisme 2010, Amsterdam (Gallery Lieve Hemel), Alexandra Klimas right page number 39

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Publications year 2009

Gallery Lieve Hemel – 3-mans exhibition, Amsterdam, Alexandra Klimas page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Exhibition Catalogue (this catalogue was created for the Alexandra Klimas, Gerard Schriemer and Wijnand Warendorf exhibition from 5 September – 3 October 2009, and was written and compiled by Koen Nieuwendijk. ISBN 978 9070402297)

Gallery Lieve Hemel – 3-mans exhibition, Amsterdam, Alexandra Klimas page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

Exhibition Catalogue (this catalog was created for the Alexandra Klimas, Gerard Schriemer and Wijnand Warendorf exhibition from 5 September – 3 October 2009, and was written and compiled by Koen Nieuwendijk. ISBN 978 9070402297)

NEWS

2014 – Resident artist at Plus One Gallery (United Kingdom)