In Vienna´s 9th district there´s not only the amani shop, but – in a small but very pretty room above it – also the amani gallery. They offer prints and photographs by various artists, and also host larger exhibitions. At the moment this is „WaldWelten“ by Nino Holm.
Nino Holm was born in Göteborg in 1950, studied in Sweden and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, was a founding member of the famous band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung, and for already some years now dedicates himself full-heartedly to landscape painting, as, in this case, the painting of woods.
His paintings are definitely influenced by Zen. They are not just depictions of trees, but one senses that there exists some kind of interchange between the scenery and the painter, that the inner experience while painting plays an important part in Nino Holm´s work. And yes, all the paintings show forests, but always in a different way, a different nuance or approach.
Equally, the painted woods are from all over the world: Some are from Sweden, others from Japan or Sri Lanka, but also the good old Viennese Prater finds a place among them. Maybe one can trace a map of Nino Holm´s travels or anchors on the basis of his paintings. Somehow, too, while writing this and looking at the pictures again, I get the impression of some kind of collection of forests, or, more precisely, of a collection of moments in forests, as one can´t really carry away a wood in its entirety for remebrance´s sake; as some kind of token.
Header: Ausschnitt aus Bis auf die Vögel, Stille – TempelParkGarten, Kamakura /Japan, 50 x 100cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2018
2: links: Ella, früh – frische, steigende Talnebel, Ella/ Sri Lanka, 100 x 50cm, Öl auf Leinwand 2018; rechts: Uti vaar hage III, Hökeryd/ Schweden, 50 x 100cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2018
3: links: Früh abends, die alte Teeplantage, Panthiya Estate/ Sri Lanka, 50 x 70, Öl auf Leinwand, 2018; Mitte: Uti vaar hage IV, Hökeryd/ Schweden, 80 x 100cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2018; rechts: Après midi Prater II, Wien/ Prater, 50 x 70cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2018
4: Après midi Prater I, Wien/ Prater, 60 x 70cm, Öl auf Leinwand 2018
5: links: Waldlicht II, Blumau/ Steiermark, 100 x 80cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2014; rechts: Waldlicht I, Blumau/ Steiermark, 100 x 80cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2014