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"As he formulates it himself, his work points to timeless realities, to the unlimited: “The point is to shine some light on the deepest desires and the highest ideals of man in relationship to his existence. With this I give my work direction and sense. In this respect I feel an affinity with nineteenth century romanticism and symbolism and contemporary movements such as Fantastic art and visionary realism. The worth of an art work is for me primarily determined by it’s quality and strength to effect the inner world of the beholder rather than the qualities and the characteristics of the workitself. I see my paintings as archetypical images, as universal ‘icons’ that are for the most part unhooked from the limitations of the spirit of the age en culture. They invite the onlooker to experience the psychic power with which the image is charged. This interactive effect of the spirituality of the imagination is the deepest motivation for my being an artist." http://www.vagallery.com/herman-smorenburg.html