herman de vries, ‘monumenta lamiae (hexendenkmaler)’, 1985, Borzo Gallery

Signature: signed, dated and titled verso

Image rights: joana schwender, studio herman de vries

“herman de vries. aus der wirklichkeit” ulm: stadthaus ulm, may 3 - june 14, 1998.

jörg-heiko bruns (ed.), “herman de vries. aus der wirklichkeit” [exhib.cat] ulm: stadthaus ulm (may 3 - june 14, 1998), p. 48 and 48.

collection of the artist.

About herman de vries

Early in his career, painter herman de vries (who uses all lowercase letters as a symbol of his belief in equality) embraced randomness as an organizing principle. From 1961-66, he was a member of the Nul Group—a cohort of artists that included Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven, and Armando—with whom he produced wall reliefs, large-scale installations, and happenings that explored principles such as repetition and the beauty of everyday objects and activities. Later on, de vries’s practice became quasi-scientific as he investigated plants with medicinal and hallucinogenic power. This led to such projects as the earth museum (1976), housed at the Museum Gassendi, Digne-les-Bains, which contains over 7,000 samples of earth that the artist gathered from all over the world. de vries keeps beautiful journals that include plant specimens, drawings, paintings, and notes.

Dutch, b. 1931, Alkmaar, Netherlands, based in Eschenau, Eckental, Germany

Solo Shows

herman de vries "everything is all ways significant for all"
Düsseldorf, Germany,
herman de vries : journale
Düsseldorf, Germany,
herman de vries : works from el hierro
Düsseldorf, Germany,
herman de vries : from earth
herman de vries: 108 livres de fleur lavande

Group Shows

Düsseldorf, Germany,
Unterwegs – On Journeys
Düsseldorf, Germany,
Choices. Large Scale
Düsseldorf, Germany,
Düsseldorf, Germany,
The Secret Life of Plants
View Artist's CV