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Painting is my life

Albert Dolmans

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Painting is my Life is not only the story of Albert Dolmans’ varied life and travels, but a show-case of his life’s work. The color plates of his universal and timeless paintings take the reader on a fascinating trip, while revealing not only his talent to capture the majestic and the mundane in our changing world, but his deep affinity with nature and his passion for his craft. Here is a window into the life of this Dutch-American figurative artist, whose possibilities changed completely when in WWII, just weeks before the Germans marched into his Dutch village, he was able to escape to the United States. Thanks to his talents he studied under George Post, Karl Bouwman, and Otis Oldfield at the prestigious California College of the Arts Inspired by his home state and following his passion, he not only became part of the Society of Western Artists and the North Californian Figurative School, but an American citizen. The war over and travel again possible, and with interest in his work growing on both sides of the Atlantic, he returned several times to his native Holland and travelled extensively in Europe. Whether in oils, watercolors or simply pen and ink, the book shows how well he catches the subtle characteristics and the differences in mood of each country. From its magnificent National Parks, to the simplicity of California's back-country; from major European cities, to the wide horizons of the lowlands; a boat-yard in Venice, ancient hill villages in Provence, a quiet Welsh graveyard and much more, Albert shares such unique experiences with his work, tapping into the diversity of nature, a nature that grounds and inspires him. Here is a window into the life of this Dutch-American figurative artist, whose possibilities changed completely when in WWII, just weeks before the Germans marched into his Dutch village, he was able to escape to the United States. Thanks to his talents he studied under George Post, Karl Bouwman, and Otis Oldfield at the prestigious California College of the Arts Inspired by his home state and following his passion, he became part of the Society of Western Artists and the North Californian Figurative School as well as an American citizen. The war over and travel to Europe again possible and with interest in his work growing on both sides of the Atlantic, he returned regularly to his native Holland and travelled extensively in Europe. Whether in oils, watercolor or simply pen and ink, the book shows how well he catches the subtle haracteristics and the differences in mood of each country. From the magnificent National Parks, to the simplicity of the Californian back-country; from major European capitals to the gentle wide horizons of the lowlands, a boat-yard in Venice, an ancient hill village in Provence, or a quiet graveyard in Wales, Albert shares these unique experiences in his paintings. He taps into the diversity of nature in such places, a nature that grounds and inspires him. Painting is my Life is the story of a contented man, a Dutch-American landscape painter who modestly shares his experiences and the art they have inspired. Now in his mid-eighties, he continues to enjoy painting, which without any doubt, is his raison d’etre.

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Painting is my life

Painting is My Life gives us a compelling look into the life of Dutch-American artist Albert Dolmans. His body of work spanning more than half a century demonstrates true artistry in capturing images that speak to your soul.

Painting is My Life

Fascinating life story, so far, of the beginning and evolution of an artist. And the images of the the oil paintings, watercolors, and pastels, and drawings are a wonderful example of that evolution.

Painting is My Life

A true artist's life is hard to describe, but the beauty of Albert Dolmans' book, Painting is My Life, is not only his stunning art but the dialogue he has with the reader about what has mattered to him most in his lifelong career, which he continues to this day.

In 'The Good Life' chapter, Dolmans humbly reflects, as he quotes from a letter he has written to be read when he is 'no longer here': "I did not become famous, but I believe in my work and I did a good job."

From the caliber of his work, as witnessed in this book, 'a good job' is a huge understatement. From the gorgeous cover to page after page of his beautiful works of art and heartfelt testaments, Dolmans invites us into his vision of life and land -- a privileged terrain that we wish we never had to leave.

- Shirley Agudo, author and photographer

Painting is my life
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  • Category: Art & Architecture
  • Published: Jul 13, 2015
  • Publisher: Albert Dolmans
  • Seller: Sheila Gazaleh
  • Print Length: 123 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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