"Each time you look at that beautiful sky, it will never just like this again" —Georgia O’Keeffe
Netherlands born, Oklahoma based artist Irmgard Geul's work focuses on the often overlooked: a corner store, a country road, a cloud filled sky. A European living in America's heartland, Irmgard brings fresh eyes to what can often be seen as ordinary. Paired with the feminine-associated craft of embroidery, Irmgard's work speaks of contradictions: times past and present, simplicity and complexity, high and low brow.
My mothers sewing materials, fabrics and embroidery thread were big influences. As soon as I opened the box she left me and I picked up her needles, scissor and embroidery thread, it was like a whole new world opened up to me.
I use the embroidery thread to give my paintings an extra dimension.
Traveling, road trips are enormous influential on my work and a huge source of inspiration.
Where do you dream of going?
Back to India
What artists influenced your work?
Growing up in The Netherlands, I was daily surrounded with art from the most famous artists in worlds history, Anton Mauve, Piet Mondrian, Vincent Van Gogh, Willem de Kooning, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Corneille, Rietveld, MC Escher, etc……..plus most of these artist has spent time creating art in my hometown Blaricum/Laren what has been over the last 2/3 centuries an artist colony.
But overall I think Piet Mondrian has had the biggest influence on my artwork and creating process. I have been fascinated for a long time with his thinking process from painting representational to completely abstract in an unthinkable time and place.
Name three things on your bucket list.
Visit all the USA State Parks
Artist in Residence in The Netherlands
What was one of the best experiences of your life?
Backpacking through India for 3 months in 1986 has changed my way of looking at the world for ever, it still influences me day to day, truly a lifetime inspiration.
The mixed-media works of international artist Irmgard Geul are best viewed as contemporary landscapes and maps capturing, on paper, canvas or fabric a bird’s eye view of her internal creative explorations scanning the tracts of landscape below and the unfathomable ocean of sky above.
Born and raised in The Netherlands, Irmgard Geul grew up in a rural town south of Amsterdam. She received her art degree at the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht/The Netherlands (1981-1986) and has been an artist since, supported by several jobs in graphic and fashion design. From 1993 to 2013 she made a sidestep in the equine industry and established an international shipping company named Nedpoint Quarter Horses, what did bring her from The Netherlands to Oklahoma.
Her mixed media work is constantly evolving in the urge to map her memories and to tell the stories of her adventures around the world and about rural Oklahoma where she has an art studio on a horse ranch, her home since permanently moving from The Netherlands in 2003.
Irmgard’s work was recently featured in the Artist Alliance Community, Curbside Chronicle, The Pauls Valley Democrat, The Norman Transcript, Art Focus Oklahoma, Oklahoma Today, Artsy Shark and on OETA/Gallery America. Irmgard Geul’s artwork has been in group and solo exhibitions in galleries throughout the U.S. and Internationally. She has private and corporate collectors around the world.
Through trusting my intuition to guide me, I follow the flowing stream of my most intense emotions, gathering inspiration along the way from the bank of my collection of memories as the source and raw materials for creating my mixed media collages.
My most recent work I like to be known as “Embroidery Paintings” a self explored technique where I apply embroidery and stitching over acrylic paintings on paper, to create depth and a visual perspective.
Although I still have an continuous love for abstraction, for now I have been challenging myself in creating the stories and adventures on and around my daily surroundings.