Critiques

[From the 1st International Contemporary Art Salon catalogue] - "In a Utopian poetry, one looks for the inner-child, which in my opinion is the most beautiful, human and pure, and it is in this manner that H. Michael Wieben paints. He needs to convey that this exists- or might be able to exist- in his painted world.  As such, he creates a poetry of connections.
In a way that is tranquil and subtle, Wieben observes, composes, knows that inner-child we've already forgotten. Only through some hours of authentic dialogue can one come to truly know the man. Perhaps his work, like the artist, is not immediately perceptible, but the more one explores the more one appreciates. Intimate details are found each time that one approaches his work. A game, a jest, a "caress" in a world where everything nowadays is too complete and obvious. It is like hide-and-seek.
He paints movement, the synchronism of the body, as in musical ballads. From percussion to violin. All this is in his work, reflecting in the euphony and/or the color.  From Pop to Classical, from Alternative to Gospel.  And finally, he paints the passions and reminds us what it's like to be alive. Yes, there is sentimentality in his work, sincere but uncontrived. This is how he paints.
More I cannot say. I leave you the pleasure to play with his painting, in a game of who discovers more or of who hides more."

Joaquim Silva, Oeiras, Portugal, May 2002

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[Excerpted from catalog notes] – “Painting is music, dance, superimposed perspectives that are born from harmonically  dissonant colours. The images with which we are confronted when we enter the “wiebeano” universe suggests to us before anything, rhythm, sound, musicality, (dis) harmony.  …The images which are offered to us, transport us in a visual oscillation  which is given rhythm by the fluxation between the figurative and the abstraction. …Lifting the translucent veil which is imposed on us by existence made of excessive perceptible realities, Wieben invites us, more than “to see”, to feel the flux that penetrates the painting and gives to the image its reason for being,  a transitory stage to other images…”

Dr. Nuno Filipe Faria, Art Historian, Lisbon, Portugal, 1996

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[On his paintings of dancers] – “His watercolours have a distinct  quality of rhythm and energy…these works have an imaginative range which is pleasing, incorporating images of dance taken from nature…”

Kenneth Archer, British Art Historian,  1985

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“…Dentro de algumas arrojadas liberadades dos americanos, a temática  de Wieben monstra, o “ar” da sua  graça  que (julgo) terá  muitos admiradores.”

Jaime Ferreira, critico para O COMMÈRCIAL DO PORTO, 1985

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“Important exposition of H. Michael Wieben reveals the powerful form and colour technique of this restless and sensual painter that expands in works of elaborate visual themes. There are fantastic dances achieved though the tensions of form, contracts of volume, transparencies of tone, of remarkable dream-visions with beautiful sensuous effect, all communicated by a security of drawing and knowing chromatic combination…”

Dr. Vitor Serrão, Culture Director, Sintra, Portugal, 1984

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“Beauty, love and relationship between colours, moods and line-plays of human form are worked by Wieben into almost endless combinations. Overlaying and transparent, hard and tender, warm and cool, active and passive, light and dark become images to stir the soul and let the eye hear. A  visual  dance of contrasts and tensions, between simplicity and exuberant complexity.  Without words we,  for ourselves, can discover that nothing is without the other and it is this spiritual quality that is seekingly being depicted in all its mystery and nakedness.”

J.B.Huijser, KUNSTECHOS, Belgium, 1983

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“…Wieben depicts humanity and, in particular, man himself with a poetic vision.”

Jan Verhayen, HET BINNENHOF, Den Haag, Holland, 1980

 

 

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