The exhibition Connecting Worlds took place between Friday 24 and Sunday 26 January 2020, with a finissage on Sunday 9 February. It brought together three extremely talented artists from different origins and backgrounds: the classically schooled Spanish painter Fernando Pennetier with his very figurative works; Greek photographer Despina Zaimis with her inspiring, creative and very modern images; and the technically very innovative abstract Dutch artist Jan Tervoort could effectively not be more apart. But Connecting Worlds made these three cultures, generations and art forms melt together into one unique display of talent, skill and artistic vision. During the opening session, our guests had the opportunity to enjoy the flute of the fabulous musician Ana Simon.
Fernando Pennetier was born in Zamora, Spain, in 1931and graduated from the University of Fine Arts San Fernando, Madrid. Throughout his extended career as a consolidated artist he has been amazingly productive, what is confirmed by the large number of individual and collective expositions he accounted for. In the early years of his career, Fernando focused on surrealism, expressionism and abstractionism. The experience of passing through all the aspects that make the art of painting allowed him to reach his current level of perfection in figurative painting. Particularly his Still Life paintings show the result of his creative process through drawing, giving perspective, applying color and through organization of the space. In the mind of the artist, Still Life brings together both versatility and simplicity of nature through a prism of passing time. Serenity and balance call the attention of the spectator. The composition, the horizontality, the almost mysterious grey colors are the basis of his work. Combined with the “human presence”, with its gazing blank stare as a dreaming personality. His paintings communicate harmony, making the spectator feel the inner harmony of Fernando Pennetier, like preconceived beauty that has matured in his mind for a long time. His command of drawing is exceptional, fundamental for his almost hyper-realistic figurative expression. Drawing makes him feel very comfortable, it is his way of life. During his professional career he has always drawn from memory, enabling him to capture his own vision: enigmatic, melancholic and sometimes bewildered of the beings and things.
Despina Zaimis was born and raised in Greece and currently lives in Brussels. Despina studied Art and Graphic Design at Central St Martins School of Art and the London College of Communication. Her studies and her life in different parts of the world gradually led her path towards photography. Living in Japan for a number of years was the experience that triggered her love for this art form and inspired her to start capturing the places and people she came across. Despina is always looking to “reframe the familiar” and thereby give a new meaning to the subject she is photographing through her own creative process. Travelling across the globe, discovering new places gives her the inspiration for her work. It triggers new concepts that lead to her next series of photos. Taking photos make her feel connected to the world and editing her images becomes a process of connecting to her inner self. She is drawn into post-processing her images by experimenting with different editing styles, colors and textures, depending on the theme she chooses to work on. Despina is fascinated to see how editing can intensify and transform her photographs into completely new images. As she is aiming to transmit the beauty, vibrancy and mystery of life, she feels it herself through her own creative process. Sometimes, her images become more abstract and minimalistic. At other moments, her works are full of color and vibrancy, depending on the feelings she wants to evoke. Her photos are produced and sold in numbered limited edition prints on the highest quality archival papers with the use of the latest printing technology. Every artwork is signed and numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Jan Tervoort was born in Castricum, The Netherlands, in 1955. After successfully running his own advertising agency, Jan started his professional artistic career in 1995 on the Indonesian island of Bali under guidance of the Master painter Lois Kapr. His cooperation with Cheny Roesllyta gave his abstract artistic style both focus and direction. In 2005 he resettled in The Netherlands and opened his studio in the historical city of Monnickendam. Jan always experiments with new materials and techniques. His casting technique for translucent artwork has been widely applied. He uses epoxy, glass and cardboard combined with steel and wood to create unique pieces of art, continuously reinventing himself and his artistic style. As an artist, his life is about the process of creation, as he grows as by trying different techniques. For him, a finished work is the ultimate result of trying and making mistakes. He connects to and communicates with his audience and creates his unique art pieces on the basis of the perspective his audience gave to him. Socially engaged, Jan often participates in projects supporting those that need support. He currently works on the project “Art without a Home”, supporting people that live on the street.