Media - press


"Frans Horbach is a Dutch painter and printmaker who illustrates how a skillful combination of printmaking techniques applied with painterly methods and materials can yield evocative, highly individualized color compositions.
His lyric-colorist interpretation of landscapes are drawn on personal travels and associations with mythic personages- particularly within the context of native American traditions. Horbach's color compositions are vivid, pure and rich, creating intense color alterations as well as an overall tonal quality. The luminosity of his prints comes from within and behind the colors, achieving an interior glow which the colors seem to emit rather than reflect."


Frank Cebulski
(Artweek, San Francisco)


"Dan toch die adem te snuiven van weidsheid en uitgestrektheid is een merkwaardig fenomeen. Het ontleent zijn ontstaan aan een samenspel van kleuren en vlakken, de sfeer die beklijft bij de snelle passant en vervolgens samensmelt met vroegere ervaringen tot een nieuwe wereld. Zo'n mengwereld schept Horbach in wezen ook. Alles wat hij aan ervaringen opdeed op de vele plaatsen die hij bezocht, voegt zich bij zijn dromen, zijn ideeen en mijmeringen. Zulke belevingen vallen, na te zijn verwerkt, buiten het aanwijsbare. Ze gaan over in overweging en bespiegeling en worden door de gebruikte middelen tot kunst."

Jan Nieland
(Gelderlander)


"In 1965, at the time when the American artist Edward Kienholz made his famous work 'The Beanery Bar' - modeled after an existing Los Angeles bar with the same name - he is recorded as saying, 'It drips, it adds structure, it transforms isolated individuals into people who have something in common...'.
(In that same year 1965 Frans Horbach emigrated to California from his native Holland. Two years later, while sitting in Beanery's bar in Los Angeles, he read the letter with news of his father's death.)
In his many travel stories and personal experiences, Horbach reveals an insight into his world of inspiration. The concept of isolation and connectedness Kienholz was referring to in his 'The Beanery Bar' is translated into a geometric style that is charateristic in much of Horbach's work.

The art of Horbach can be read as a journey through three-dimensional space. At first sight it may seem chaotic, random, an unrelated interaction of planes, angles and lines. On closer inspection, however, one discovers the inherent synergy. Contradictions turn into clear form and harmony. The rational counterpoints the emotional, the organic counters the mathematical, the logical the accidental ... a search for internal structure in random space.

Horbach's work clearly reveals a life of travel through strange cultures with a touch of Mondriaan inspiration in his travelbag
Agains an underlying division of planes with free flow, organic patterns, lines seem to float in a second dimension, revealing a need to measure the world. The geometric figuring in the third dimension symbolise, however, the mystical unknown that remains concealed.
In his artwork Frans Horbach allows us to join in his visual preocupation for spacial dimensions with a fascinating play of planes and lines."


Ernst Daniel Nijboer
publicist and art critic


"Frans Horbach's artistic practice is deeply tied to ideas of memory. Looking at Horbach's tightly geometric images this may sound like an unlikely proposition perhaps to some even preposterous, after all memory is involved with representation and our experience of the world. For Horbach the world is the only starting point, but his organic approach is an intuitive process.

This encounter with the historical presence of non-objective painting is not an ironic commentary on modernist desires for the possibility of purely Euclidian experience, nor a remix of revolutionary ideals of Soviet Constructivism.

Horbach's approach is intuitive but not blind, rather it is as if we are looking through his eyes, in the midst of a city. Looking out from a high building at the streets below we discern the ancient forms of the land beneath, itself still rising and falling apparently unconcious of the newer surface that was built across it. "


Simon Fernando
art historian and critic


Les oeuvres de l'artiste néerlandais Frans Horbach s'expriment dans une langue claire et colorée à travers ses compositions géométriques. L'art de Horbach s'inscrit dans la tradition des mouvements internationaux de l'abstraction moderne. Son long séjour aux U.S.A. explique ses affinités avec le mouvement de l'abstraction lyrique américaine. Il a été inspiré par d'autres cultures grâce à ses voyages. C'est ainsi que se révèlent dans son oeuvre des affinités avec la sensibilité esthétique de l'art traditionnel japonais...

(Het werk van Frans Horbach wordt gekenmerkd door de heldere vorm, kleurrijke beeldtaal en door de geometrische composities die verwantschap vertonen met stromingen in de internationale traditie van de moderne abstracte kunst. Zijn langdurig verblijf in Amerika ligt ten grondslag aan zijn affiniteit met de Amerikaanse lyrisch abstracte schilderkunst. Tegelijkertijd toont zijn werk de invloeden van zijn reizen in andere culturen en is ook de esthetische sensibiliteit van de traditionele Japanse kunst als inspriratiebron herkenbaar...)

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