Amsterdam, November 2011, Ina Eskes MA of Art historyShefqet Avdush EminiShefqet Avdush Emini, an international recognized artist, is born in Davidovc in Kosovo on 2June 1957. He studied Visual Arts as a young man at the Art Academy in Pristina (Kosovo)and worked, after finishing his education, as an artist and art teacher in several towns inKosovo. Since two decennia, when war broke out in Kosovo, Shefqet Avdush Emini is livingin the Netherlands, together with his family. As an artist and art teacher he is able to live andwork all over the world, though he always will be connected with his roots to Kosovo. Inseveral works of his hand you will be able to discover these roots and his mixed feelings ofliving abroad. Shefqet Avdush Emini is an academically educated artist who developed hisown style, his own ‘signature’, which made him famous. The list of exhibitions of hisartworks in museums and art galleries worldwide is long. Besides, he is regular invited to joinart symposia where local and international artist do come together to create art and getinspired. Shefqet is also connected to the Filarski Academy, a private Academy in TheNetherlands founded by the artist Marian Filarski, as a teacher for master classes in painting.In 2011 Shefqet Avdush Eminihas been asked to present his artworks (paintings andsculptures) in two separate solo-exhibitions in the Netherlands, the first one took place in
Amsterdam, the second one in Den Hague. These two exhibitions will be presented in thisreview.Exhibition paintings and sculptures at gallery Diversity & Art, Amsterdam2 September 2011- 1 October 2011Gallery Diversity & Art, an intimate gallery located in the old heart of Amsterdam, is foundedby Liesbeth Schreve-Brinkman, after a meeting with AIDA the Netherlands, an organizationwhich does advise artists after they did leave or escape their countries for reasons like war,politic, or censure. Diversity & Art gives these artists an exhibition platform. The selection ofartists takes place in cooperating with AIDA the Netherlands. Diversity & Art gives excess toall kind of genres of artists with their own cultural background. The mission of Art &Diversity is to show and share these artworks to public, to increase our idea of art in culturaldiversity. From the 2ndof September till the 1ste of October paintings and sculptures made ofbaked bronze varnish clay of Shefqet Avdush Emini have been presented for public. Thisexhibition was officially opened by René Mendel, director of Interact; a Film ProductionCompany for television and multimedia. As a filmmaker of a television program of ‘portraits’of artists René Mendel pointed out the influence of the public opinion by media, and howappreciation for artists can be achieved. Art itself can influence a person as well of course, atseveral levels. Diversity & Art wants to make visual, mental and social contact possiblebetween artist, art and public, to achieve a better intercultural understanding of art. Shefqet’artwork is about people. You can ask yourself for example: who are these people? Are theyfriends, family, anomies, or memories of people of the past, of Kosovo? And what is going onin their minds?
Photo: opening exhibition Diversity & Art, Amsterdam, September 2011.Solo-exhibition in the Atrium of the city hall of Den Hague, organized by the embassy ofKosovo in Den Hague
Photo: opening exhibition in the Atrium, city hall of Den Hague, November 2011. On theright hand side: Shefqet Avdush Emini, in the middle: Mr. Ehsan, manager international salesIkea the Netherlands, on the left hand side: Shefqet’daughter.Photo: opening exhibition in the Atrium, city hall Den Hague, November 2011.His ArtShefqet Avdush Emini is an all-round artist who creates baked bronze varnish claysculptures, drawings and last but not least paintings. In both exhibitions there have beenpresented several paintings of his hand. Having a look at these paintings means to make amental journey on many levels. His style of painting, the compositions he makes, the way he
is using colors in combination with his compositions, the way is using paint itself as amaterial (oil on canvas, acryl on canvas), and the stories he want to tell. His painted portraitsand figures do often not have titles, which mean that Shefqet gives you a change to make upyour own thoughts and feelings. It also gives you an opportunity to travel away in time orplace. Sometimes his work might remind you to one of the famous girls of the Dutch masterVermeer, to Mozart, to people in pain, or grieve, people coming from Kosovo, coming fromwherever? All kind of moods do come along your eyes and thoughts. His paintings are multi-interpretable. Like they want to tell you something about the past and the present. Besides thisyou can notice Shefqet’ energy while painting, using his paintbrush as a medium for his owninner world. He is a painter with flair, which can be interpreted as (abstract) expressionism,and gives in combination with his classical touch a very interesting and lively result. You canalso notice Shefqet’ knowledge of the Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Goghand the Cobra group, like Corneille for example. In Shefqet ’art is a colorful world of people,roots, moods, tradition, and life coming together.Untitled: oil on canvas, 40 x 50. 2007
Untitled: oil on canvas, 54 x 54. 2010Acryl on canvas: 100 x 150. 2011Website: http://www.shefqet.com Email: Shefqet_emini@hotmail.com