YAKHERD, Bhutan, 2010 Lili Nalovi & Jesko Willert

tempera on canvas, 120 x 160 cm [47.2 x 63 in]

LANDSCAPES

Time seems to stand still in the contemplative water landscapes. Spaces are filled with tranquility and vastness. The boat, the most ancient transport vehicle of mankind – a symbol of existence moving through time and space, a floating timeless sculpture. In the field of painting and sculpture, Jesko has always had a passion for the world’s oldest means of transport – the boat. He learned to sail at the age of five. On his travels with Lili, he makes sketches of boat forms on beaches, in harbours and wharfs.

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He has gone to see sampans and basket boats in Vietnam, pirogues in Laos, one-legged rowing boats in Burma, sewn boats in India, dugout canoes and trimarans in Indonesia and dhows in Kenia, as well as studying sailing boats, barges and fishing cutters in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and the northern European coasts. To Jesko, a boat is a floating sculpture. It is timeless, it connects people and moves in the beautiful water landscapes often reflected in his paintings.

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GRANDFATHER AND GRANDDAUGHTER, Kerala, 2010 Lili Nalovi & Jesko Willert

tempera on canvas, 135 x 210 cm [53.1 x 82.68 in]

SAILING BOAT BACKWATERS, Kerala, 2009 Jesko Willert

tempera on canvas, 145 x 220 cm [57.09 x 86.61 in]

FISHER NEAR NYAUNG SHWE, Burma, 2014 Jesko Willert

silver leaf/tempera on canvas, 120 x 160 cm [47.2 x 63 in]

HARBOUR MANDALAY, 2013 Jesko Willert

tempera on canvas, 120 x 160 cm [47.2 x 63 in]

INLE LAKE PALE BLUE FISHING NET AND TURQUOISE HILLS, 2015 Jesko Willert

tempera on canvas, 140 x 220cm [55.12 x 86.61 in]

DHOWS NEAR SHELA, Lamu, 2012 Jesko Willert

tempera on canvas, 120 x 160 cm [47.2 x 63 in]

BASKET BOAT BACKWATERS, Kerala, 2011 Jesko Willert

tempera on canvas, 140 x 230 cm [55.12 x 90.55 in]

FISHERMAN NEAR CHINESE FISHERNET COCHIN, 2011 Jesko Willert

tempera on canvas, 120 x 160 cm [47.2 x 63 in]