Amsterdam, November 2011, Ina Eskes MA of Art history
Shefqet Avdush Emini
Shefqet Avdush Emini, an international recognized artist, is born in Davidovc in Kosovo on 2 June 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 in Kosovo. Since two decennia, when war broke out in Kosovo, Shefqet Avdush Emini is living in the Netherlands, together with his family. As an artist and art teacher he is able to live and work all over the world, though he always will be connected with his roots to Kosovo. In several works of his hand you will be able to discover these roots and his mixed feelings of living abroad. Shefqet Avdush Emini is an academically educated artist who developed his own style, his own ‘signature’, which made him famous. The list of exhibitions of his artworks in museums and art galleries worldwide is long. Besides, he is regular invited to join art symposia where local and international artist do come together to create art and get inspired. Shefqet is also connected to the Filarski Academy, a private Academy in The Netherlands founded by the artist Marian Filarski, as a teacher for master classes in painting.In 2011 Shefqet Avdush Emini has been asked topresent his artworks (paintings and sculptures) in two separatesolo-exhibitions in the Netherlands, the first one took place in Amsterdam, thesecond one in Den Hague. These two exhibitions will be presented in thisreview.
and sculptures at gallery Diversity & Art, Amsterdam2 September 2011- 1 October 2011
Gallery Diversity & Art, an intimate gallery
located in the old heart of Amsterdam, is founded by Liesbeth Schreve-Brinkman,
after a meeting with AIDA the Netherlands, an organization which 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 of artists takes place in cooperating with AIDA the
Netherlands. Diversity & Art gives excess to all 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
From the 2nd of September till the 1ste of
October paintings and sculptures made of baked bronze varnish clay of Shefqet
Avdush Emini have been presented for public. This exhibition was officially
opened by René Mendel, director of Interact; a Film Production Company 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 how appreciation for artists can be achieved. Art itself
can influence a person as well of course, at several levels. Diversity & Art wants to make visual,
mental and social contact possible between 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 they friends, family, anomies, or
memories of people of the past, of Kosovo? And what is going on in their minds?
Photo: opening exhibition Diversity & Art, Amsterdam, September 2011.
the Atrium of the city hall of Den Hague, organized by the embassy of Kosovo in
Den Hague1 novembre-12 November 2011The solo-exhibition in the Atrium of the city hall ofDen Hague, a building which was designed by the American architect RichardMeier, with an atrium of 4500 square feet, was a great opportunity for ShefqetAvdush Emini to present his work. Lots of people do walk in and out, fromMondays till Saturdays, for work or private reasons. The exhibition took placein close cooperation with the embassy of Kosovo in Den Hague. It was aninnovating challenge for the embassy in Den Hague to promote Kosovo’ identityas newest country in Europe by showing Shefqet Avdush Emini artworks, theirexcellent artist from Kosovo, living and working in the Netherlands.The officialopening of the exhibition took place at the 4the of November 2011, which was asuccessfully event. Most people who have seen the exhibition mentioned thepaintings as: very beautiful and very interesting and one person mentioned thatit is unbelievable that such a great artist is coming from such a smallcountry.
Photo: opening exhibition in the Atrium, city hall of
Den Hague, November 2011. On the right hand side: Shefqet Avdush Emini, in the
middle: Mr. Ehsan, manager international sales Ikea the Netherlands, on the
left hand side: Shefqet’daughter.
Photo: opening exhibition in the Atrium, city hall DenHague, November 2011.His ArtShefqet Avdush Emini is an all-round artist whocreates baked bronze varnish clay sculptures, drawings and last but not leastpaintings. In both exhibitions there have been presented several paintings ofhis hand. Having a look at these paintings means to make a mental journey onmany levels. His style of painting, the compositions he makes, the way he isusing colors in combination with his compositions, the way is using paintitself as a material (oil on canvas, acryl on canvas), and the stories he wantto tell. His painted portraits and figures do often not have titles, which meanthat Shefqet gives you a change to make up your own thoughts and feelings. Italso gives you an opportunity to travel away in time or place. Sometimes hiswork might remind you to one of the famous girls of the Dutch master Vermeer,to Mozart, to people in pain, or grieve, people coming from Kosovo, coming fromwherever? All kind of moods do comealong your eyes and thoughts. His paintings are multi-interpretable. Like theywant to tell you something about the past and the present. Besides this you cannotice Shefqet’ energy while painting, using his paintbrush as a medium for hisown inner world. He is a painter with flair, which can be interpreted as(abstract) expressionism, and gives in combination with his classical touch avery interesting and lively result. You can also notice Shefqet’ knowledge ofthe Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh and the Cobra group, likeCorneille 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. 2010.
Acryl on canvas: 100 x 150. 2011